As a teacher of 12 years, I believe that all students are capable learners. In my teaching career I have always tried my utmost best to make sure that my students experience success in the classroom. I strongly believe in modifying my lessons to accommodate my students learning needs so that they will be successful learners
Undergraduate Degree: Notre Dame of Maryland University - Bachelors, Mathematics Education
Graduate Degree: Notre Dame of Maryland University - Masters, Master of Arts in Teaching
Elementary School Math
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students have the capability to learn and be successful students, given the right tutor and motivation. I believe that it is my responsibility to spark an enthusiasm for learning in my students and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with students, I would ask them about their experience with mathematics. What is their favorite topic and their least favorite? Through questioning, I would like to get an idea about their understanding of the topic, so I will complete an action plan to help each individual student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a learner become an independent learner by providing them with a solid foundation in the topic. I will model for them, and then allow them to complete problems independent of me. Then, I will ask learners to make their own problems, and then solve them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would model for them, and then have them work with me on a problem; I will then have them work independently. I will also find videos that address the same problem, so that the learner can always refer back to it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I always ask my students to identify key words or concepts that give an indication of what the question is asking for. I have students complete a series of steps by breaking down the question by identifying what the question is asking for, the information that they already have in the question, and using different strategies to solve it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategy that I have found most successful is to have students complete a pretest so I can know their understanding. When I know this, I am able to introduce the student to different strategies that they can use for different problems.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To get students excited in the subject, I would use problems that are aligned to their interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure that my students understands the material, I would give frequent checks of understanding. When the student has proven that they understand, then I will move on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in a subject, I usually move from the concrete level in a topic to the abstract. I find that the concrete level will have the easiest problems. When students experience success with this, they will feel more confident. As I move from this level, I will provide support and feedback to the student so that they can build their confidence from each stage.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by having them complete a pretest and other formative assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
To adapt my tutoring to the student's needs I usually modify my assignments. This means that I start with a lot of support, and then gradually release the students on their own when they have proven that they understand.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I usually use videos, manipulatives, and worksheets to practice the skill that the students are working on.