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Shirley

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My philosophy stems from the belief that a child’s life is influenced by their education and self-esteem. Education and self-esteem are the foundations for the students to be able to function in society. It is important for students to know I care about them, their learning, and their future. Confidence in my teaching ability is as important as having confidence that all students can learn. I practice and teach a positive attitude towards learning. I expect that my students learn and practice a positive attitude. Gaining an optimistic and well-rounded learning experience can help students become productive and successful in our society.

Students need to be creative and know it is fine to be an individual. Creativity and individuality are pulled from a variety of learning styles. Students can be more productive learners with the use of manipulative, peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and differentiated strategies. Students should be allowed to explore problem-solving methods in all academic areas as well as social interaction.

I am constantly striving to improve and learn more. It is essential that I am always moving forward and increasing my knowledge and skills. Constantly moving forward will assist me in being able to effectively respond to my students’ needs. Therefore, continuing my education and acquiring new strategies for teaching will assist me in being a positive and influential educator.

Shirley’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Regent University - Masters, Educational Leadership

Hobbies

Traveling, dancing, and reading

Tutoring Subjects

Arithmetic

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

High School English

Math

Middle School Math

Reading


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My Philosophy of Teaching My philosophy stems from the belief that a child’s life is influenced by their education and self-esteem. Education and self-esteem are the foundations for the students to be able to function in society. It is important for students to know I care about them, their learning, and their future. Confidence in my teaching ability is as important as having confidence that all students can learn. I practice and teach a positive attitude towards learning. I expect that my students learn and practice a positive attitude. Gaining an optimistic and well-rounded learning experience can help students become productive and successful in our society. Regardless of a student’s background or ability, they deserve to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. A student’s impression of school should be a positive one. Positive experiences begin with the teacher teaching in a respectful, caring, and understanding manner. Other positive experiences come from students and administrators. School is a place of discovering, growing, and learning. Stimulating and nurturing a student’s interest to learn, encourages a positive attitude about school. Students need to be creative and know it is fine to be an individual. Creativity and individuality are pulled from a variety of learning styles. Students can be more productive learners with the use of manipulative, peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and differentiated strategies. Students should be allowed to explore problem-solving methods in all academic areas as well as social interaction. Assessments assist in providing information to determine the students’ abilities and progress. Allowing students’ to assist in grading their work provides immediate feedback on performance. Students want to know how they are progressing. Experiencing different test taking strategies is equally important as knowing the information being tested. A Child’s social skills are important as a child’s education. To help students develop life skills, it is important that I create and educational environment that requires structures, consistency, fairness, and care. Students assist with rules, consequences, and rewards during the class. Constant positive modeling of desired behaviors is important. As the teacher it is important that I am always a positive role model. Being a positive role model can be the example a student needs if ever in a negative situation. I am constantly striving to improve and learn more. It is essential that I am always moving forward and increasing my knowledge and skills. Constantly moving forward will assist me in being able to effectively respond to my students’ needs. Therefore, continuing my education and acquiring new strategies for teaching will assist me in being a positive and influential role model.

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

Introduce myself and ask about them and their interest.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By empowering and giving them the tools needed to be successful.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By helping them understand that education is the key and they are important.

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

Reteach and find out what is it that they do not understand. I'd find different strategies to help them learn it.

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

By breaking it down to their understanding.

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

Every student is different.

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

By setting the tone and being excited myself.

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

Practice and informal assessments to test their knowledge.

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

By helping them experience success.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By doing a pre-assessment.

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

By talking to them and learning about their learning style.

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

Paper, pencil, calculator, computer, or whatever resources are needed to ensure the student will be successful.