I have 5 1/2 years of teaching experience. I am a substitute teacher and have had two long term substitute jobs. My background with all grades K-8 gives me expert experience with all elementary and middle school ages and curriculum. I have spent time in a resource room providing extra support to students who need it. I worked for Sylvan helping students in math, reading and writing.
I have a multiple subjects teaching credential and a bachelor of science degree in business administration. This allows me to teach in any self contained classroom grades K-6.
I am available to tutor in elementary and middle school math, reading, writing, arithmetic, English, summer tutoring and homework help. I love to help students that are struggling. The "ah-ha" moment when they finally understand a concept that has been eluding them is priceless! That feeling of success for them is why I teach.
I believe that each student can be successful. It's a matter of finding what their learning style is, figuring out where the disconnect is and then teaching the skill or concept in such a way that the student has complete clarity.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelors, Business Administration and Management
Snow skiing, going to the beach with my kids and husband, knitting, reading.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student can be successful. There are always ways to modify teaching styles so that each child can fully grasp a concept and feel confident in whatever subject area they are having trouble with. I fully support the use of manipulatives whether they be online or tangible in real life. Practice without understanding the concept will not make perfect. Clear understanding of the subject matter will make students successful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would spend time getting to know the student, what their likes and dislikes are and what their learning style is. Once I've determined how to best teach the student we would spend time going over the subject matter to find where the confusion is and work to correct it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Confidence is key to creating an independent learner. The student needs to be confident that they can use logic and critical thinking to solve a problem. The more clarity they have in a specific subject matter the more confidence the student will have.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would provide small personal successes by breaking down the problem. If a student feels successful, often it motivates them to achieve more.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to figure out where the disconnect is. What is it specifically they aren't understanding? Sometimes a small break in that area is needed to stop the student from becoming frustrated. Many times I have to look at the problem through the eyes of the student and try to figure out what style of learning will best help them learn the skill or concept. Perhaps they need a more hands on approach so they can "see" themselves solve the problem. Maybe the student learns well through writing, so physically writing down the steps or process can be beneficial.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It depends on the age of the student and what kind of books they are reading. In general I have them look at the book or story and have them try to describe what they think will happen based on the pictures, title, etc. I also have them stop after every page or two and summarize what is happening. We go over the story at the end so I know they understood the words and weren't just reading the text.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find out what they are interested in outside of school and try to relate what they are learning to that. For example, if they like sports and are struggling with reading, I would try to find books involving sports they are interested in. If they need help with math I would use sports to teach the subject they need help with (baseball statistics to help with fractions/percentages, football to understand yards, etc).
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It depends on the subject. For math, I would have them tell me how they are solving the problem as they are doing it. I would give them variations of the problems to make sure they didn't just memorize the one answer, but, instead, know the process and how to get the right answer every time.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You take small steps to help the student be successful. The more often they feel they have success the more confident they will feel. It can be overwhelming to tackle the entire problem area but by breaking things down into smaller parts it seems easier and allows for small goals to be met.