Hi there! My name is Abby. I'm currently a first grade teacher at a charter school in Philadelphia. Working with at-risk youth, I'm presented everyday with children eager to learn, but who often struggle to reach their full potential. I work hard to develop 1:1 or small group sessions with my students to help them find their confidence to succeed as I know they are capable of doing! I am excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge in a tutoring session to help all children grow and learn!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rider University - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Gwynedd Mercy University - Masters, Education
Listening to music, reading, exercising, and travel.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe education is the key to success. So often in the classroom, I see bright children who aren't able to succeed due to their complete lack of understanding. Finding ways to teach in small groups or one on one through tutoring are imperative to successful education.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would keep the pace slow, so that I could gather an understanding of the student's strengths and assess any moments or opportunity for improvement. I'd be active and engaging to help the child build motivation for learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would provide students with opportunities for independent practice with every session. Sessions would begin with mini-lessons or a review of skills. After review and guided practice, I would have the student practice independently. With any bit of achievement, I would offer lots of praise to help motivate for more independent success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students, especially in early childhood settings, need to be actively engaged. Using educational games and materials would be used often. Switching up manipulatives also proves to be effective. For example, instead of writing with paper and pencil for practice, we can use whiteboards. When practicing spelling, we can use stencils or beads rather than typical rote-methods. Switching up the materials will keep students excited and motivated to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would go back to the basics. Offering plenty of praise along the way will help build the student's confidence. I would switch up materials and find alternative ways to explain a concept until I found what worked best for this student. That's the perk of one on one tutoring!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would identify where the struggle is coming from. If the student is spending his energy on reading the passage and then can't comprehend the text, I would wonder if the lack of comprehension results from a lower-level reader. If I read the passage to a student, and he is able to comprehend fully, I know then that the lack of understanding derives from the student's ability to read, not the ability to comprehend.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I start working with my class each year, I start off strong and firm. I work to build a relationship with each student so that we can develop a trust in learning. I never want students to feel afraid to ask questions or to wonder out loud in their learning process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make it fun! Learning should be fun. Using different manipulatives and varying materials will help motivate students. In math, there are endless games and activities that help disguise the "learning" into fun. In ELA, there are endless materials that can be used for homework. Apps and teacher-made materials are in abundance and will be used to help the struggling learner find motivation and confidence to succeed.