I believe that what makes every child wonderful is that each and every one of them has a different personality and looks at the world in new and exciting ways. I absolutely love to watch children and adult learn new things. This is why I am ultimately working my way towards earning my teaching license. In the meantime, I work as a teacher assistant at Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, NC. At my job, I work closely with the "Exceptional Children" students. These are students who need a little extra support in their studies. This may be because the students have difficulty focusing or struggle with reading, or have emotional issues that may need some extra attention. What makes me good at my job is my compassion for the people I work with, both the students and the adults. My organizational skills help me when it comes to getting tasks done in a timely, but well done, manner. My patience is strong when it comes to working with students who may not understand what they are learning right away or may resist receiving assistance. My patience, especially, it something that I have always prided myself on.
As I said previously, I am currently working toward earning my teaching license. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 with a BA in psychology. My original intention was to become a school counselor. However, after working for a couple of years at a daycare, I discovered a love of teaching. Last year I went back to school at UNCG to earn a second degree. This time, I am pursuing an English degree with a concentration in teaching high school English.
Aside from working at a high school, I also get teaching experience on the weekends when I volunteer in the zoo and aquarium at the Greensboro Science Center. There, I get to inform the visitors all about the animals, such as the tiger, stingrays, and goats, that live there. I get to tell people all about conservation in the wild, what the day in the life of a keeper is like, and how they can help to save endangered animals around the world.
In my free time I love to read and write. I mostly write short stories, but I am currently working on a screenplay. I am a huge fan of classic stories, like William Shakespeare and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. My favorite sport is bowling. When I was younger, I went to a state bowling championship.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Bachelors, Psychology
Volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center, reading, writing, bowling, puzzles, playing with my cats
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
When it comes to teaching, I believe that it is very important for a tutor to get to know the student that they are working with. Once they know some things about them, they can use that information to help them better relate to what they read. Overall, I also believe it is important to be patient with the student. If you start to feel stressed about the student not understanding the information then the student is going to be even more stressed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session with a student it is important to establish a positive relationship. I would spend at least 10-20 minutes getting to know the student as an individual. Then I would develop an understanding on what subject exactly the student is struggling with and try to establish how difficult of a time they are having. Finally I would take some time to come up with a game plan for how the tutoring sessions are going to go. It is important to also get feedback from both the student and the parents too.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that the key to becoming an independent learner is building confidence. If a student believes that he/she can solve a problem on their own, then they are one step closer to being able to. In order to instill some of this confidence in the students that I teach, I would make sure not only to help them solve their problems but to truly understand how they came to the right answer in the first place. When it comes to problems with reading comprehension, I would teach to how to recognize what information in a passage is most important and how to use that information in their future writings.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that a positive attitude and a positive vibe in the tutoring sessions can make all the difference in the world. At the beginning of every session, I would let the student know what to expect for the session so that they can keep track of the flow of the session. I would also make sure to use appropriate praise.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first thing I would do is to assure the student that they are capable of learning the concept and that it is okay that they are struggling, because everybody struggles at some point. Then I would try to pinpoint what aspect of the skill they are struggling with and focus on that problem. Then we would reevaluate to see if they are still struggling.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are a number of strategies that students can use when they are leaning reading comprehension skills. The first is to utilize highlighters. I would teach a student how to recognize a piece of information that is important and mark it in some way so that it's easier to find later. I would also advise students to take the time to summarize what they read in each paragraph. They also need to start to think about not just what the read but what they learned about the story based on the text that they read. One way to analyze whether or not a student is comprehending what they read is to have them retell what they read in their own words.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think one of the best ways to get students excited is to relate what you are trying to teach. I also like to make sure to foster a good relationship with the student. When the student feels as though they can trust you, they are not as standoffish.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When the student says that they understand the materials that we are reviewing, I will ask them to then teach it to me as though I didn't already know and they were the tutor. This will show that they not only know how to demonstrate the skill but also understand why it works the way that it does.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would start with an easy problem. I would not throw the exact problems that they are having at them immediately. I would work up to it. Once they are confident in the steps working up to the skill, then they can add more difficult levels.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The most important thing I think a tutor needs to do in order to discover what a student needs is to talk with the student. Let them tell you what they are struggling in. Once I know what they feel the need help in, I would ask them a couple of assessment question to see just how much help they need and exactly what they don't understand. I would also make sure to keep open communication with the student's parents. It is important to take note of their concerns as well as the student's concerns.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
They best strategy that I have found for working with students is to talk to them about what is about to happen. Set out a routine for each session and follow it. Make sure the student knows about any changes that are going to occur. Another great strategy is to make sure that the tutoring session moves at a pace that does not put too much pressure on the student, but at the same time does not go so slowly that the student loses interest or feels as though they are not learning.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adapting to each individual student's needs is all about making little adjustment. The first thing that I do is try to get a feel for what teaching techniques are going to work best for each student. I then go back after each session and ask myself what adjustment could be made to get the most out of the student and our time together.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials used often depend on what subject to being taught. One tool that I would utilize regardless of the subject is assessment tests to see where the student is in the subject that is being taught. Once that is done, I would be open to using a number of different materials, including flash cards and class materials. I am also up for suggestion and requests from the student and their parents.