I am a recent graduate of Rutgers School of Law. I went to law school not with the intention of becoming a lawyer, but instead to gain the tools necessary to become a more effective advocate and teacher. I believe that the best form of advocacy is through education, specifically teaching.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Rutgers University-Newark - PHD, Law
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Conversational. I believe to learn you have to be able to ask questions and challenge the information that you are given. Furthermore, theory must be tied to effective practical application.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The answer varies. Depending on the age and previous knowledge of the student. Though as a general matter I like to begin with a few basic questions to gauge their knowledge and interest.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The key is to invoke critical reflection. For some that means activities, such as debates. For others it's being free to question.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By setting up realistic expectations and goals (both short-term and long-term).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There are a variety of ways to learn a concept. If adapting the lesson to the student based on my knowledge is not enough then I will seek outside help.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I struggled with reading comprehension as a young child and up into my teens. It was always about practice that does not discourage the reader. Additionally, breaking down a passage to each of its parts. This can be done so as to provide a method for the student to practice while on their own.