I believe that all students are capable of success, and success happens when a teacher and a student do everything necessary to meet in the middle. I believe that the formula for success includes a lot of encouragement, student AND teacher accountability, and a healthy dose of constructive criticism.
Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University - Bachelors, Secondary Education
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 34
Being active, reading, writing, playing piano
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students are capable of achieving success, especially if they are in a warm, encouraging, and rigorous environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would take some time to get to know said student and their abilities. I might give them a diagnostic assessment and have a conversation about what they perceive as their strengths and areas for growth, as well as likes and dislikes. After I understand better where this student is in terms of academics, I would help them set goals for our sessions moving forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by scaffolding material to get them to their zone of proximal development. When they are working at material they are challenged by yet capable of doing, many students are able to work and learn independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by making sure we are working at a good pace. If the work is too difficult, a student can easily become frustrated. However, if work is too easy, a student can become bored and lose focus. By challenging a student a bit more each time and providing them with encouragement that yes, they can handle the work, I would hope to see a student remain motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would need to find out exactly what the student does not understand. I could do this by asking a series of leading questions to pinpoint the concept or skill that the student is struggling with. Then, I would probably break down the concept or skill further by finding supplementary material, slowing down the pace, and making sure to practice this concept or skill multiple times before moving on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students are struggling with reading comprehension, I generally try to find a different text that is more in their Lexile range. In addition, I may start at the bottom of Bloom's Taxonomy, with questions in which the student would need to solely identify facts and figures. Then, as the student became more capable of this skill, I would move up, eventually asking them to understand, analyze, and evaluate. Reading is all about meeting a student exactly where they are. Sometimes, you need to take a huge step back in order to move forward. I would also encourage reading absolutely ANYTHING, as long as the student finds the subject matter interesting! Magazines, comic books, novels.... it doesn't matter! As long as that student is being exposed to different vocabulary.