My name is Dale and I'm eager to begin working with you! I have over ten years of experience in the education and child/human development world! I've taught everything from Pre-K and elementary school to having many years of experience providing behavior therapy! In addition, I have experience in working with children diagnosed with developmental exceptionalities such as : ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Mood Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome), and children with cognitive and/or language delays. I have a B.S. from the University of New Orleans and am currently 2 classes shy of earning my masters in education with a focus on school counseling. I have a 12 year old son and we love to hike, exercise, cook and have fun with our doggies!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Orleans - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: University of New Orleans - Masters, School Counseling
Cooking, traveling, studying the DSM-V, child related activites with my son
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Authoritative and individualized teaching style. Compassionate and celebratory of mistakes (so the student can learn from the mistakes!)
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would built a rapport with the student and really get to know them. I would assure that they understand they will not be judged and will be supported during each and every session. I would be sure they trust and respect me--and understand that I will provide the same respect to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them cognitive strategies which will provide them with tools to self-correct.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By providing constant praise and a positive and fun environment--even when they make a mistake!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We would address all different ways that the same material can be taught. Perhaps they're a more visual learner and need graphs or images. Perhaps they need manipulatives to use!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First--I would assess to see what level they are at in regards to local expectations. Then, material would be presented in a way in which they will be provided foundational skills--and they will master them step by step before moving ahead.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By providing them the opportunity to select articles, problems, situations that interest them--and tying it into their relevant material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Survey the page. Question the page. Check. Process. Recheck. Basically--the SQ-RCRC process.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a rapport is very important! Getting to know your students on an individual basis can truly give you an idea on HOW they learn--and what strategies they could benefit from!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By providing positive, warm, and authoritative (warm and nurturing, yet consistent and firm) feedback--all while celebrating mistakes (because we learn from our mistakes and can grow!)
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In order to evaluate a student's needs, I believe a few things need to happen. First--by getting to know them! Second--by hearing from their parents and teachers. Third--by working one on one with them and really seeing where their strengths and weaknesses lie in regards to their academic level and expectations!
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By really getting to know their strengths and weaknesses--and finding out what works for them. This includes really understanding, valuing and assessing what type of learner/processor that they are (visual, auditory, textile, etc.).