I have a great interest in education specifically STEM related fields. My background is microbiology but for the past 10 years i have been teaching high school chemistry as well as some physics, environmental sciences, and biology. I enjoy working with students and help then through the learning process. I am personally interested in different models of education that allow all learners to receive information to the best of their abilities, i.e. Gardners model of 9 intelligences, SIOP strategies for ES, Petrosino's project based learning, etc. In summary, i enjoy teaching and Learning specially in relation to Science and Math.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelors, Microbiology
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Masters, STEM education
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe teaching is a journey where the teacher guides an experience that facilitates learning in a student centered environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Brief introduction, followed by an activity that enables the student to show their strengths and weaknesses in the subject matter.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help the student to become an independent learner by empowering them with activities that would allow them to explore the subject matter in a less threatening way.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help students to stay motivated by deconstructing content, provide real life experiences, and showing them small successes as the tackle the subject matter.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student presents difficulty with a concepts or a skill, I would attempt several strategies from scaffolding, unpacking the content, applying the concepts in a different scenario, etc.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who struggle with reading and comprehension may benefit from chunking the text, verbalizing it, or transforming it to fit into real world connections.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establish a set of rules under which we will be working. For example, I would offer a request such as "please, to work more efficiently, our electronic devices need to be put away". Then, I would offer the student the opportunity to set up a rule that would improve the learning environment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students can get excited about subjects they struggle with by making real world connections to simple day to day issues, or problems. Also, excitement and engagement are contagious, so a student would always be as excited as the teacher is, therefore, I would show them how excited I am about the subject matter.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Formative assessments in the form of games, or projects. Also, utilizing proper questioning techniques such as those that highlight bloom's taxonomy.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By showing them their success, and how sometimes failure does not mean we are not good at it. It just means that sometimes in order to become successful we need to go through an iterative process of failures and gains.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By maintaining an open dialogue with the students, observing their progress, and probing for understanding.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By learning about their needs, as well as their strengths in the subject matter, and related subjects.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?