I believe that everyone can learn and that it is the educator's honor and responsibility to shape the path of learning for all students!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education
Graduate Degree: Walden University - Masters, Elementary Reading and Literacy
I love to read! I am currently going through the process of inventorying my hundreds of books and organizing them for long term storage. I couldn't be more excited about the project!
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students can learn. They work of the educator is determining the "how" that leads to the win!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
An assessment of the student's needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching him/her the tools, skills, and strategies needed to facilitate learning. With them in hand, the student will be able to work independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Incentives! We would set goals and milestones and the student would work to beat his or her own personal best.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Approach the concept in a different way. Break it down to foundational knowledge and then rebuild back to where the lapse occurred.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By practicing the skills that make for excellent comprehension, discussing books, and talking about complex literary concepts with connections the students can make.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Honest feedback about their performance with specific, concrete next steps that they can take to improve.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Have them set a target for themselves and use their own interests when approaching the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Checking for understanding routinely.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By making sure they experience success in that subject, and lots of low-stakes chances to try the skills.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By observing the student, speaking with him/her, and reviewing performance data.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By providing, in my tutoring, what the student needs to improve.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It would depend on the subject, but the basics are paper, pens, markers, crayons, pencils, manipulatives, dry erase boards, buzzers, highlighters, post its, index cards, etc.