Behind ever dedicated teacher is a dedicated student. I am a life-long learner. Life-long learning is absolutely necessary in order to keep up with the ever changing society we live in. It is my personal mission to take advantage of trainings and learning the latest teaching techniques, ideas, laws, polices and procedures to stay current in my profession in order to help my students learn to the fullest.
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia College - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: LeMoyne College - Masters, Inclusive Educatio. 1-6
Spending time with my family, Spending time outdoors, Traveling, Playing Board Games, Scrapbooking
What is your teaching philosophy?
Behind every dedicated teacher is a dedicated student. I am a life-long learner. I truly believe this is the only way to be a great teacher in our ever-changing world. No two students will be alike. Each year our classrooms will change. Teaching techniques, ideas, laws, policies, and procedures will forever be changing. It is up to every single teacher to take the time to learn about their students each year. With enthusiasm and excitement we should try to discover the most effective ways to meet our students' needs both as individual learners and as a classroom whole. We should know that this may require creativity, communication, and collaboration with others. Due to the changes within society, children and the world itself, I know I will always need to be a student. I will need to take it upon myself to take the time for professional growth. I also firmly believe that although I am my students' teacher, sometimes the best teachers are the students themselves. Within each student and classroom is a learning experience waiting to happen.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is imperative to listen to the student. Do they know their learning style? Do they know what works best for them? Do they know their own strengths and weaknesses? Sometimes students need to be heard, as often times individuals know what works best for themselves.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping students focus on their strengths rather than trying to fix their weaknesses will allow students to become independent. Students can use their strengths to overcompensate for areas in which they struggle.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Help students make connections to real life experiences. Who wants to learn how to do something if they feel they have no use for it in their everyday lives? Oftentimes students cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel or how learning certain material will be beneficial to their lives.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics. Oftentimes if students are struggling it is because they missed something at the foundation.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Again, go back to the basics, and see if something was lacking or missed from the beginning. Otherwise, help students develop comprehension strategies geared to their learning style. Is a student a visual learner? Highlight important parts of the passage as the student is reading. Is the student an auditory learner? Have them read the passage out loud or listen to a passage on headphones. Is a student a kinesthetic learner? Have them act out a passage as they are reading it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Assess where the student is currently at. We do not want to start students off with work that may be too difficult for them. This will create stress and frustration from the start.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Create connections. How does the subject relate to the students life or experiences? How does it relate to the world we live in?
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student teach me. Can they explain to me how they found the answer? Can they show another method for solving a problem to check the answer?
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Frequently point out a child's success in subject areas. Less focus on their struggles, more focus on their achievements.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Frequently make comparisons of their work current, to where they started from. Are they further behind, in the same spot, or ahead of the game? Always ask where they are now and where they came from.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Accommodations and adaptations. I am a huge advocate for students with disabilities. I am a parent of three children with disabilities, one learning disabled, one with an emotional disability, and one with a physical disability. My favorite line from the "Credo for Support" by Norman Kunc is "Do not try to fix me because I am not broken. Support me." What accommodations or adaptations can I make to support the students? Do I need to provide the student with frequent breaks? Visual aids? Maybe I need to simply directions or repeat directions? There are many adaptations that can be done to meet student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the students and their needs. Many struggling students greatly benefit from visual aids and hands on learning.