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Peter

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My philosophies of teaching:
The best part of teaching is feeling proud of what your students accomplish.
A good teacher is someone for whom the student wants to work hard.
A teachers most important skill is seeing things through students eyes.
The students should be able to see themselves making progress.

That's the psychological part of teaching. As for technique, I model, and monitor student work, and explain to correct mistakes. Students learn the most by working with guidance.

Peter’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Reed College Portland State University - Bachelors, English; General Science

Graduate Degree: Eastern Oregon University - Masters, Education

Hobbies

Hiking, guitar, reading poetry

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

CHSPE Prep

English

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

HTML

Math

Middle School Math

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophies of teaching: * The best part of teaching is feeling proud of what your students accomplish. * A good teacher is someone for whom the student wants to work hard. * A teacher's most important skill is seeing things through students' eyes. * The students should be able to see themselves making progress. That's the psychological part of teaching. As for technique, I model, and monitor student work, and explain to correct mistakes. Students learn the most by working with guidance.

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

Find out what the student has mastered, has started mastering, and what she or he doesn't know. Find out why the student wants to learn this. A little "getting to know ya'", and then get to work tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

An independent learner doesn't need me! So, I show them what I would do. I model, and I think aloud so the student can follow *how* I am problem-solving, and not just that I am getting the right answer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Everything is connected to everything else. Often, what makes a subject seems artificial is that it is taught in isolation. When physics is related to an everyday activity like driving, for instance, it seems more real.

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

I would break it down into smaller steps. Also, I would try a different style, such as something visual. This can help me understand what the student does and does not understand, as well as giving the student a different way to learn the material.

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

1. Think-aloud as I read, to display how I'm tackling comprehension puzzles as they occur. 2. Having the student draw a scene can help me understand what the student does and doesn't understand. 3. Vocabulary and roots. 4. Finding high-interest material (people read a grade level above their tested level when the material is high interest). 5. Frequent check-ins, so I know when comprehension breakdowns are occurring.