I believe ALL children deserve a right to have an education that is catered to them. I want to see all children succeed in learning. By creating a safe and fun learning environment students are able to one be comfortable with learning but also to enjoy learning. By creating fun and creative ways for students to learn you are able to achieve this. I have always loved working with students and want to see them love learning.
Undergraduate Degree: Bowling Green State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education
Graduate Degree: Bowling Green State University-Main Campus - Current Grad Student, Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that all students deserve a differentiated instructional approach. All students should be learning their strengths and building upon those. All students do not learn the same and it is important that you are teaching to the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think in the first session it is important to get to know your student and that the student gets to know you. We will probably start off with some type of get to know you game where we can become more comfortable with each other. After that we will be playing another game were I am able to pick up a few key areas where this student struggles. If time allows we will complete a short assessment. This will help me develop a plan to help the student learn at their highest potential.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner is the goal all teachers have. You want the students to take what you have taught them and apply it elsewhere. You really have to focus on gradual release with this concept.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is important that a student stays motivated with their learning. Students often become unmotivated when either they are bored or unchallenged. By always keeping a fun and challenging environment, students are more likely to succeed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty with a certain concept or skill it is important to make sure you are using this skills consistently. You want the student to be using the skills they are struggling with so they can better understand the uses. By creating fun memory rhymes, students often do really well when picking up hard concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension it is important that you are providing the student with support. You first want to make sure the passage you are reading is at their grade level. Second you will want to give the student an outline to help them follow along and write down the main events. These two tasks should be the start of helping a student with reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that when working with a student it is important that you are bringing in their interest. If the student is not engaged in the session then they are most likely not retaining anything. You have to make learning fun. You also want to bring in the student's learning abilities and multiple intelligences. Every student is different, and therefore you should have a different plan for each student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By bringing in things that interest them. So for example, if a student is struggling in reading but really enjoys sports, then bringing in reading material about sports and gearing your games and worksheets to that, often times, helps with engagement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
You have to make sure you are assessing a student. So my using both formative and summative assessment, as well as a variety in each, is important.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement is always a good thing. Teachers or tutors really want to uplift a student and not just show them what they cannot do but also point out the great things they can do. It also is important to show the student how they have improved and give them feedback to continue learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By doing pre-assessments it allows a tutor or teacher to gain an understanding of the different areas a student might struggle.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
You have to incorporate a student's learning abilities, but also their strengths. You want to include their multiple intelligences such as visual, auditory, or verbal.