My experience as an educator of 26 years has enabled me to develop a wide range of skills that are needed to effectively work and communicate with students from diverse backgrounds and academic levels.
I am an example of the impact that education has on the development of a child into adulthood. Education prepares students for real life experiences and careers that will continue throughout their lives.
As a tutor, my job is to assist students in maximizing their academic potential; utilizing different strategies geared towards their individual needs.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: St. Johns University - Masters, Education-Reading Specialist
My hobbies include sketching/drawing, bicycle riding, nature walks, writing poetry and traveling all over the world. I have traveled to England, eight (8) African countries which include Ghana, South Africa, Egypt and Ethiopia; Hawaii and several Caribbean islands like Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique and other parts of the United States.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every child possesses the ability to learn. To facilitate learning effectively there must be mutual respect among student(s) and teacher. Teaching/learning should utilize different strategies to address differentiation among students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, first I would introduce myself (my career and hobbies). I would also ask the student to share something about his/her self. I would use that opportunity to have the student write a short bio and/or illustrate a biographical picture with a summary. This would provide some insight on writing style, grammar, punctuation, spelling needs etc.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by modeling, giving/showing examples and providing resources such as books, websites and graphic organizers. The student will be asked for their input as to what resources they utilize. The student will then generate questions, thoughts, projects etc. and use said resources with my support and feedback.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important that students understand that the end result is for their benefit and how they can tie in said assignment with real life. I may also stop and allow student to stretch, dance, sing, drink water etc. for a quick moment, and then get back to the task.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student were having difficulty with a skill or concept I would search for other ways, for example a video or online site or consult with other educators to find alternative ways...
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students who are struggling with reading comprehension I use topics and materials that the students are interested in. For example, cars, famous people, video games, songs etc. for reading with appropriate comprehension questions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I can get students excited about a subject they struggle in by using video on the topic, music related to the topic and games and appropriate manipulatives.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To check that a student understands the material, I can use problems as an assessment tool or ask the student to make up/find an example and explain it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I can build a student's confidence in a subject by starting with simpler examples, then working up to more challenging ones as a student progresses.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
To evaluate a student's needs, a reading, writing, or math sample will be given initially as a form of assessment.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adapting my tutoring to meet student's needs may include for example, if student is a visual learner, more charts, pictures, or drawings may be used.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials used during a tutoring session include crayons, markers, pencils, paper, a computer, index cards, and chart paper.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It's important that when I start to work with a student that the student is comfortable, encouraged, and feels a sense of accomplishment; so again, I start simpler and then build with more challenging work.