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Jean Michel

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Statement of Philosophy

The foundation of my philosophy is that every student has worth and dignity.

I believe that learning is a process. Students understand that they are active participants in this process, and accept that they must demonstrate progress and achievement as learners. Therefore, they are entitled to a high-quality and well-rounded education that maximizes their potential.

I believe that students' self-esteem and sense of wonder and joy of learning must be fostered through the learning process.

I believe that students are eager to learn. For that reason, I consider that it is essential to stimulate learning by cultivating and encouraging life-long desires for learning, personal and social development, as well as academic achievement through the teaching/learning process.

I believe that students should have a variety of experiences, academically and socially.

I also believe that students have a responsibility to demonstrate maximum discipline at school, and to show respect and tolerance for the values and beliefs of others.

During the Middle School years, children undergo rapid physiological and psychological changes that can make this a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. To help ease the impact of these maturational changes and to help each child develop self-confidence and self-esteem, I will foster a supportive atmosphere in my classroom with opportunities for positive personal interactions among students, parents and school staff.

To achieve these goals, I am committed to meeting the learning needs of all my students.

Jean Michel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cambridge College - Bachelors, Educational Psychology

Hobbies

Reading

Tutoring Subjects

AP French Language and Culture

Conversational French

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

IB Language ab initio

IB Language ab initio SL

IB Language B

IB Language B HL

IB Language B SL

Languages


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Statement of Philosophy The foundation of my philosophy is that every student has worth and dignity. I believe that learning is a process. Students understand that they are active participants in this process, and accept that they must demonstrate progress and achievement as learners. Therefore, they are entitled to a high-quality and well-rounded education that maximizes their potential. I believe that students’ self-esteem and sense of wonder and joy of learning must be fostered through the learning process. I believe that students are eager to learn. For that reason, I consider that it is essential to stimulate learning by cultivating and encouraging life-long desires for learning, personal and social development, as well as academic achievement through the teaching/learning process. I believe that students should have a variety of experiences, academically and socially. I also believe that students have a responsibility to demonstrate maximum discipline at school, and to show respect and tolerance for the values and beliefs of others. During the Middle School years, children undergo rapid physiological and psychological changes that can make this a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. To help ease the impact of these maturation changes and to help each child develop self-confidence and self-esteem, I will foster a supportive atmosphere in my classroom with opportunities for positive personal interactions among students, parents and school staff. To achieve these goals, I am committed to meeting the learning needs of all my students.

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

I would give him/her a Diagnostic test to better assess his/her future needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Further the development of critical thinking, self-esteem and risk-taking attitude.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Diversifying instruction so he/she does not fall into a lethargic mode.

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

I will chunk the concepts in multiple little concepts, providing meaningful practices.

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

I will give him/her the opportunity to improve his/her vocabulary first, then divide the reading into little sections (ex: paragraphs).

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

Understand his needs 1st, then "customize" instruction that fits his needs.

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

By convincing him that he can excel just by trying.

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

In the 1st practice after new concept is exposed: feedback feedback feedback. Quiz after more practices.

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

By telling him that EVERYBODY can learn. No exceptions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

A Diagnostic Test /Assessment.

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

I apply Teaching Strategies that fit the Learning Style of the student.

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

Notes, textbooks, internet.