I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn and is entitled to a safe and fun learning experience. As an educator I will strive to create a safe and fun learning environment while still meeting the requirements of the state of Tennessee. Three elements I find beneficial in my classroom are, (1) The teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis - Bachelors, Education
I love to read romance novels. I love shopping and anything to do with dance. I also enjoy spending time outside with my family and dogs.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn and is entitled to a safe and fun learning experience. As an educator, I will strive to create a safe and fun learning environment while still meeting the requirements. Three elements I find beneficial in my classroom are, (1) The teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session with a student I would get to know them, get to know their strengths and weaknesses and do the initial assessments. I would also let them get to know me so that they feel comfortable around me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner is all about teaching them skills they will need to be able to succeed. Mainly teaching them the strategies and techniques to be able to ask questions and do independent thinking of their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I focus on the student’s strengths and what they are doing well. When they see that they are succeeding, it tends to keep them motivated. I like to take what we call brain breaks. These are short little breaks that allow the students to complete a fun activity while still using their mind to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is struggling on a concept I would research how to teach it a different way. Each student learns in a different way, so it is very important to meet them in the style that best suits them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For reading comprehension I like to use the underlining method. We read the story through one time and then turn to the questions. After looking at the first question we go back to the story and underline where we can find the answer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that are most helpful are Dolch sight words for fluency purposes and determining reading levels, short comprehension stories to show comprehension skills, and then a math assessment that starts testing at Kindergarten skills and moves up as they answer problems correctly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get excited about a subject they may struggle with you have to make the work exciting and pertain to their interests. Make the work something they enjoy learning about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have them teach me the concept, take short "show me what you know" quizzes, and then just the standard end of the unit test.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student’s confidence in a subject they must feel that they excel in that subject. As a teacher, you must focus on the positives, what they are doing right, and not the negatives.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
This is developed in the first meeting with the student. You can talk with the student and parents and find out what they are struggling with, give them assessments that will show their strengths and weaknesses, and then start them on the correct level.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I do an interest inventory on the first meeting. This will allow me to get to know the student and their personality. I will then shape their lessons around their style of learning and their interests.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use a wide variety of materials. Worksheets, books, technology, and manipulatives.