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Tamara

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I currently teach grades 6/7, specializing in Math. I have experience in all elementary grades from K-6. I love sports! I also love to sing, read and cook.

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Tamara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Framingham State University - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts-Boston - Masters in Education, Elementary School Teaching

Hobbies

Singing, reading,shopping, etc.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Phonics

Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I desire to be an effective educator for my students. I believe that all students, regardless of ethnic or economic background, are able to learn. Likewise, students learn in different ways, but they all are able to be taught, given the right tools. I endeavor to create differentiated lessons for diverse learners in order to meet all of their needs. I believe that when students are motivated they will be excited to learn and will become successful. It is my belief that students learn best when they are engaged and enjoying the content being taught. I intend to provide opportunities in which students can grow professionally. I aim to inspire each of my students to do their best.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session with a student, we would play a couple of icebreakers in order to get to know each other. In addition, we would write a list of expectations we want to establish and accomplish during the tutoring session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by practicing the gradually release approach of responsibility when it comes to learning. Based on the strategies we discuss and practice students will eventually be able to be in full control of their learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motived by practicing positive reinforcements. This can be verbal or tangible reinforcements.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by introducing them to different types of text. Creating posters of how to decipher reading comprehension and the strategies used to become an effective reader. I would also provide graphic organizers to organize the text, making it easier to understand. Likewise, we would practice summarizing text. Subsequently, we would create a brainstorming chart to develop a purpose for reading the text.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I found that creating a study plan is most successful when I start working with students. Also, creating an organized to-do list is very beneficial. Create a chart of what we are doing well right now and what we can improve on to make our tutoring sessions more successful.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would turn the subject into something that they are interested in. For example, if we are learning fractions we can turn the problem into a pizza problem. We can also turn the subject into a movement subject-meaning that we create different movements to help us remember strategies in the subject to make it easier.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I will provide "exit-tickets" which is just a way to summarize what we learned. We can practice "fist to five" which is show me by using your fingers how much of the material you understand.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would have them verbally tell me about the subject. In addition, I would have them write down everything they know about the subject on the piece of paper. Likewise, they can create a visual or a musical of what they already know about the topic.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate student needs by a simple assessment. Another way is by having a discussion with the student about their needs also creating a graphic organizer about their specific needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt to a student's needs by pre/re-teaching the material, using flashcards, provide other resources, help to take notes, etc.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Some materials I use are: iPads, laptops, white boards, markers, pencils, notebook/notepad, highlighters and manipulatives.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would walk them through the concept being taught and we would learn together how to solve the skill or concept.


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