Hello! My name is Jennifer. I am a certified English Language Arts teacher and currently teach 7th grade English Language Arts. I have experience teaching Pre-K through high school. I have previously worked as a tutor teaching reading skills and intervention to students in grades K-12. I specialize in reading comprehension.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Central Christian College of the Bible - Bachelors, Youth and Family Ministry
Graduate Degree: William Woods University - Masters, Education/Curriculum and Instruction
Music, Reading, driving, biking
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can learn and advance, and not every student learns in the same way. I believe that teaching is relational.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would meet with a student and get to know what they want to work on, and discuss things with them so that I can understand who they are, what they know, what they want to know, and what they need to know.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help the student by giving them study tips, test taking tips, and helping them to question texts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage students when they are discouraged. I would give prompts to help them think through problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would research it and look for other ways to teach it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I teach visualization practices. I teach question asking and annotation. I teach context clues.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think the best strategy is to be open with students. Students need to trust their teachers and feel supported.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would choose material that is interested in them. I ask probing questions. I would prompt them to think through material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask comprehension questions. I would make sure that the student understands the vocabulary.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would use positive enforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask questions of students and parents. I try to understand how a student thinks in order to evaluate their individual needs.