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Kennikka

I am a 7th grade Reading teacher, prior to me becoming a reading teacher, I taught 8th grade Language Arts for two years. This is my third year of teaching, and I must say that I absolutely LOVE what I do! Nothing excites me more than seeing my students develop a passion for reading/writing and being able to analyze a text in ways that they never knew that they could do. I love reaching and teaching students on all levels to help them to reach their academic goals as well as build confidence. I live by a simple teaching philosophy. I call them the 3 C’s (Caring, Compassion, and Commitment).

A little bit more about me! I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Phoenix, and my major was Psychology. I am currently working to obtain my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Education from Texas A& M University Commerce. I’ve been in the field of education for about 5 years total. I started out in Higher Education, before I became a middle school teacher. My hobbies include reading suspense stories, traveling, painting, horseback riding, and my most favorite thing to do is spending time and creating memorable experiences with my 12 year old daughter.

I am looking forward to working with my students and parents and anticipate amazing results!

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Phoenix - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

Texas A & M University-Commerce - Current Grad Student, Curriculum and Education

My hobbies include reading suspense stories, traveling, painting, horseback riding, and my most favorite thing to do is spending time and creating memorable experiences with my 12 year old daughter.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I would employ a professional teaching philosophy.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session with a student, I would first get to know the student a little more and tell them a little about me to get them comfortable. Then, I would find out what their expectations are from me.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By keeping everything student-centered and building confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Continual praise!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would re-teach it, but use a different method of teaching.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Reading strategies have been very beneficial to my students.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask guided questions and higher-order thinking questions.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By praising them and showing them any progress that they've made.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Usually, by giving them assessments.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By using a progress monitor.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Usually, I use reading passages with comprehension questions.