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Caitlin

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I graduated from Stonehill College in May with a Bachelor's of the Arts. I am currently working at Boston Higashi School in Randolph.
I have been working in classrooms for the last six years. I started in high school with a program called Breakthrough that puts low-income middle school students on the path to college.

I have worked with kids almost every summer for the last seven years whether it was at the Breakthrough Collaborative or at a summer camp. Last two summer I worked at Camp Starfish which is designed for children with social and emotional challenges.

During my four years at Stonehill I helped out in a first-grade inclusion classroom, a second-grade classroom, an after-school tutoring program for sixth graders, a science program for fourth and fifth grades, after school, a fifth-grade classroom to teach math and a Year 2 classroom while I was interning abroad last fall.

I finished my teaching license and as I mentioned I am working with Higashi. I have worked with students with learning differences and challenges as well as English as Second Language Learners.

I understand how to support students and help them to achieve their goals. I look forward to getting to know my clients and their families as we work together to reach the goals the client has.

Caitlin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stonehill College - Current Undergrad, Elementary Education

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 23

Hobbies

Writing poetry, playing bass guitar, reading, going for walks and hikes,

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Math

Other

Phonics

Science

Special Education

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

That every student can learn; it is just a matter of finding the techniques that will work for that individual student.

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

I would ask them to tell me what they are struggling with specifically. I would also ask who their favorite teachers are and why that teacher worked well for them. Finally, I would ask about the teachers they didn't like and learn why they didn't like those teachers.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will teach them strategies they can try on their own for various types of struggles. I will teach them to be naturally curious and to strive to learn new things.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will show them that hard work can lead to success. I will point out where they were and how far they have come.

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

I would try to teach the skill or concept another way. If that does not work, I will move on to another skill for the rest of the time. Then, while preparing for our next session, I will research new strategies for the skill or concept that we had to move on from in the previous session.

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

I help them start by looking for vocabulary and defining the words. Then I would teach them about context clues, like transition words and key ideas.

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

Letting the student show you how they learn, and being willing to try new things with each student.

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

Find ways to apply the subject to their everyday life. Also, show them that they may actually understand more than they think they do about a subject.

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

I would have them try to teach it to me. I would have them explain the material in a visual way using technology or by hand, and then just use words to describe the material to me. Finally, I would have them write down the steps of how to master similar material.

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

I show them what they have learned through testing in a safe way, like a matching game. Or I have them do a project to show me how much they have learned.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By looking at the work I have done with them and work they have done with other teachers. I will also ask the student what they think they need.

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

I try new methods and focus on them as a learner, making sure they have the resources to succeed.

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

Flashcards, computers, pencil and paper, textbooks, games and online resources. I am always open to new types of material, so the list changes depending on the student's needs.