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Matt

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Education at Indiana University, and I received my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Hispanic Linguistics. I have been teaching high school Spanish for 11 years. I have lots of experience teaching upper level/college level Spanish at the high school level. I tutor Spanish and am available to help you with your learning needs.

I love teaching Spanish because I am passionate about the language, people, history, and culture. I was inspired to obtain my degree in Spanish after studying at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. I like to teach in a cooperative learning environment because I believe that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. In my sessions, I will teach you the content and then we will do several different types of activities to master the content. I have several interests outside of the classroom. Some of my interests include: watching football, IU basketball, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I also enjoy furthering my education.

I am here for your tutoring needs and am very laid back. I do a great job at giving thorough explanations and giving practical learning experiences. I will work with you to meet your learning goals and together we will find ways to master the content.

Undergraduate Degree:

Indiana University - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree:

University of Indianapolis - Masters, Educational Leadership

God, family, football, IU basketball, fantasy sports, travelling, psychology, spending time with good friends, serving the community and school, continuing my education

Conversational Spanish

Spanish 1

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that every child can learn and should be given the best opportunities to maximize their learning.

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

I would start off by getting to know my student and vice versa. We would try chatting a bit in Spanish, and then we would jump into the content. I would give my students different resources to use outside of the classroom in order to be successful in Spanish.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them confidence, resources, and sharing my personal experiences.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would encourage them to do their best and never give up on achieving success. Successful people don't give up. I would find out what their interests were and integrate those into my lessons.

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

I spend extra time going over the content and practicing the content in a variety of ways.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I teach them reading strategies to use while, during, and after they read.

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

Building relationships is the most important strategy. Without a good student/teacher relationship, everything else is meaningless. So I start off by doing get to know you activities and really exhibiting patience because Spanish is not easy to learn for a lot of people.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would find out what their interests were and relate it to Spanish. For example, maybe the student did not like Spanish but loved history. I would go on to talk about the Spanish Civil War.

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

Quizzing, conversation, observation, and progress made in planned activities.

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

I highlight their strengths and let them know that they might be weak now, but through endurance and hard work, they can turn this weakness into confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs through assessment of their work. We will do a variety of formative assessments to track learning. I also ensure that students have the proper background knowledge in order to be successful in the given topic.

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

I design lessons based on students' interests and areas that may be problematic for them. I always ask my students what way they learn best and adapt my tutoring to their learning style.

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

Worksheets, speaking cards, flashcards, game cards, PowerPoints, podcasts, and video clips.