I believe that teaching is one of the few jobs in the world that makes a difference in a childs life. When I teach children basic skills, such as reading, writing, and math, I know that I am giving them something that they will use for the rest of their life. Teachers can motivate their students to do wonderful things. I am eager to help my students to learn all they can and to become engaged and interested in the classroom and all our activities.
I will remember that each child is different and has a unique way of learning. I will recognize each childs difference and modify lessons to accommodate each student. I will also recognize that children use different modalities when learning and incorporate various forms of learning in my lessons. I will also take into account the limitations of English Language Learners and other students that struggle and modify my lessons according to their needs. In my role as an educator, I will embrace the different cultures and backgrounds and celebrate with my students the cultural diversity that makes up the world.
I plan to create an environment where all students feel comfortable and are able to learn. The students will be motivated to learn and eager to ask questions and become involved. Children need to feel that their opinions and ideas are valued, so I will make an effort to help each child to feel that they have a part in the classroom. Each child will be given individual respect and support. I will be patient and kind to my students and will have a positive attitude so that I can help my students build self-confidence.
I feel that parents need to be involved in their child's schoolwork and the various aspects of their childs life. I will encourage parents to participate in different activities and even to help out in the classroom. I will keep parents informed of the work that is going on, on a weekly basis. This will ensure that parents are able to help their child with their school work. I will also have meetings with the parents and let them know how their child is doing and areas that their child needs improvement. I will not hesitate to talk to the parents about their child when I see them struggling with a certain subject matter. I will collaborate with the parents, since they know their child so well, to give their child the specific instruction and help that they need.
As a teacher, I will be devoted to each child that I instruct. I will continue to learn and grow as a professional and be willing to receive help from others, such as teachers, the principal and even parents. I will realize that I am learning too and be willing to collaborate with others. Most importantly, I will never forget my purpose for teaching: To make a difference in a childs life and help them to have a better future. Teaching is the most rewarding career I can think of and I am eager to begin.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University- Fresno - Bachelors, Liberal Studies
ACT Reading: 33
Reading, Singing, Playing Violin, Playing Guitar, Writing Music, Dancing
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try finding a different method and way of teaching it that they can more easily understand. Sometimes reiteration is necessary for the student to comprehend.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I teach the student to read through a text and highlight key information. Then, I have them make annotations on the side of the text. They can write the main idea of a certain part of the text so that they can refer back to it when answering the comprehension questions. Then, I have them read the question and go back through the text to find the answer and underline it. Then, they select the correct answer.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If you show enthusiasm for a subject, it can have a good effect on the student. It's important that you bring to life whatever subject the student is struggling with and make it interesting in some way for them. Perhaps through flashcards, memorization games, and other tools such as this.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would do a lot of checks for understanding. I would begin by modeling. Then, I would have them try it with me. Then I would have them do it on their own. If they master it, move on. If not, model again. Then check to see if they got it again. It may require teaching it a different way.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You have to give students praise and commendation. You point out the things they are doing well and have already mastered. Then, you help them to see what they can continue to improve in.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Assessments are the best way to evaluate an area of concern. You can do this through tests, essays, written responses, or even their classwork.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
You figure out what the hardest subject or concept is for each student. You focus on that first and try to improve their performance in that subject. Then you tackle other subjects or issues the student may be having.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
When instructing I use computer and computer programs, such as Google Drive, Classroom, websites, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. I also like to use hands-on tools depending on the subject and its requirements.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Modeling is a strategy that works well for many students. They struggle to understand what an educator is asking of them. So, showing them exactly what you expect and what it should look like helps them to excel. They can easily produce their own work once they know what is expected of their own work.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that all students can learn to master any subject. As an educator, it is my responsibility to ensure that the students are being taught using different methods so that they can better understand the material. It is my responsibility to make sure that a student has plenty of chances to ask questions and get the right answers. It is also my responsibility to reteach and to take the time to ensure that every student can learn the information and grow in their knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a new student, I would spend some time getting to know the student. I want to know their interests and hobbies and what motivates them. Then, I want to find out their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to school. I also want the student to get to know me better and my style of teaching.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You have to start by teaching the students the basics. They need to learn the tools and steps necessary to master the subject. Once they practice, through repetition, the basics and steps, they will then be able to be more autonomous and work independently. It's important to frontload and model the techniques for the student and eventually they are able to do it independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important to find something that the student really likes to motivate them, an incentive. For example, if they really like football, then give them something to work for. If they complete a certain amount of their work, they get to spend a few moments playing football as a kind of break and a treat. You have to find something that really interests them to help them stay motivated and focused on the task at hand.