My name is Rosa. It is my privilege to have opportunities to share my experiences and knowledge with you and your child. I have more than ten years of teaching experiences with various students from kindergarten to six grade. Additionally, I have taught students with special needs, children with autism, for almost 12 years. I graduated from University of North Texas, and obtained a master degree in Special Education, specialized in ‘Intervention for Children with Autism.’ I also have a master degree in Counseling and Clinical Psychology.
I believe that because every child is unique, a teacher should respect one’s uniqueness. I am also convinced that every child can learn. It is my responsibility to discover and promote his or her potentials and fulfill their dream.
My favorite subjects include Phonics, reading, and elementary Math. If someone wants me to teach Korean I am willing to assist you. If you or your child feels more comfortable learning the subject matters in Korean, I am also willing to work in both Korean and English with you and your child.
When I have a little spare time, I enjoy sipping coffee with my friends. dditionally, watching dramatic movies is also my passion. Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to work with you soon.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Catholic University of Korea - Bachelors, Home Economics
Graduate Degree: University of North Texas - Masters, Special Education
Watching movies, Drinking coffee with my friends
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every child is unique and can learn. As a result, a teacher should respect one's uniqueness and provide individualized lessons with necessary modification or alteration and resources. By doing so, I discover and develop his or her potential and promote to fulfill them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will identify what motivates the students. Whenever he or she responds correctly, sits, or engages in the activity well, I will give the motivator to the child as much as possible.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will first motivate the child to have interest in learning the skill which the student is having trouble with. Then I will break it down and begin with the easy task to learn. For instance, if a child has difficulty learning to write an alphabet, I will present play dough or shaving cream and have the child scribble or draw a line to elicit the child's interest in writing an alphabet. When the child demonstrates interest in it, I will slowly present other materials to draw vertical lines and horizontal lines. After working on drawing lines and if the child feels comfortable tracing and copying lines, I will step up to writing letter L or H then other letters with a variety of modes, such as sand, water color or worksheets.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will start with a easy book to read. I will provide samples of books so that I can identify where the child's reading level is at. After identifying the child's strength and weakness, I will create a reading plan with various reading texts. If the child is having difficulty due to lack of vocabulary, I will strengthen the student's vocabulary by working on various vocabulary skills according to the student's grade level. If a child is a kindergartner or a first grade student, I will strengthen their skills by increasing phonics skills. If a child is third or fourth grade, prefix or suffix, antonyms or synonyms are target skills to cover. Then I will bring numerous materials to read, such as books, magazines, advertisements, and newspapers. First I will read the text, then I will have the child read the text. Then I will ask a couple of comprehension questions, such as where does this story happened at, or what is the main idea, who was the main character, what is the product or service this company is attempting to sell, if you were in their shoes what would you do, or what do you think will happen next? I will have the student first respond to the questions, then I will ask the student to write the responses on a paper or draw pictures about it depending on the student's age and grade level.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that creating bonds with the child is the most important when I first start working with a child. I would be playful and fun so that the child pairs me with fun experiences. In order to do it, identifying the child's reinforcer is crucial. I will provide ample preferred activities, toys, or snacks to the child. After creating a trusting relationship, I would slowly work on a simple and easy task that I know the child can do with little assistance. Then I would have the child practice in various situation with different instructional materials. After the child demonstrates proficiency in the simple task , I would build it up to a more complex skill by repeating and generalizing the skills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can assist students to be an independent learner by providing assistance they need and fading the prompts away. For instance, if I want my student to be able to solve two digit addition math problems, I would first demonstrate how to respond to them. Then I would have the student solve one simple question. After the child solves the problems I would offer detailed explanations and correct answers. I would provide guided practice with a couple of more questions. Then I would have the child resolve a couple of questions independently. If the child still does not get it, I would assist the child. If the child understands the concept and responds to the items correctly, I would offer more challenging questions and fade out my assistance.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would utilize a variety of instructional activities, visual aids, and reinforcers. I would implement various activities, such as fun games (bingo games or treasure hunt), musical chairs, computer interactive games, physical activities (soccer or hopscotch), song and dance, or research. I would also use a variety of visual aids, such as cards, magazines, advertising papers, or photos. Finally I would also use various forms of rewards to motivate the student. Rewards can range from edible reinforcers to iPad games, breaks, basketball, soccer, or playing with a student's favorite toy, it depends on the student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would evaluate the student's current level and constantly adjust to it. For instance if a student requires detailed explanations and more time to respond, I would offer simple direction and detail step by step demonstrations with simple tasks. If a student grasps concepts easily and is ready for more challenging tasks, I would offer challenging tasks and various stimulus to generalize new skills. If a student has a short attention span, I would offer frequent breaks and simple tasks with a couple of questions. Additionally, if a child loves physical activities, I would offer plenty of physical activities. Finally, if a student needs tactile input, I would provide various tactile materials during tutoring sessions.