I am an experienced, highly qualified Master teacher. I am a life long learner and an advocate for education. I will not disappoint you as a matter of fact, I guarantee I will teach and you will learn. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students. I use creative, effective and fun ways to reach and teach my students. My personality and temperament create a great repoire with my students. I am also a certified counselor with knowledge and understanding and most of all "I care". It would be an honor and priviledge to be your tutor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southwestern Assemblies of God University - Bachelors, Humanities/Psychology
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Online Campus - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
Art, Theater, Music, Personal Development, Family
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy and mission is to provide a positive teaching and learning atmosphere, share my enthusiasm and create a desire for more. Based on my education and experience, I believe implementing creative strategies for the various learning styles and temperaments is vitally important. For example; in my Spanish Level II students were given a medical skit assignment in the Spanish language. They were given an appropriate amount of time and a hand-out with a rubric that included speaking, performing and presentation. This assignment gave each student an opportunity to use their talents, abilities and skills individually and collectively. The assignments were fun and successful. Some students chose to dress as medical personnel, others chose to create the skit in their own words, and others videotaped or narrated all in Spanish. I believe in creativity as a teacher and allowing students to be creative as well not only does this result in teaching with clarity, passion, fun and excitement but impacts the learners and creates a passion for lifelong learners like me.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing I would do is create a good rapport and then evaluate the assignment. I would assess what he/she knows, what he needs to know, and use different strategies to teach what he doesn't know.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If the student is not an independent learner, the student will have to depend on the teacher for a while to guide him. As the student gains confidence through the teacher's teaching techniques, praises, and successes, the student will begin to work independently. Now, there are some students whose zone of proximity is to have someone guide them throughout their learning experiences.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping a student motivated may not be an easy task, but using praise, encouragement, breaking up the assignments, using all the senses in the teaching techniques, keeping the student actively engaged, and giving the student an opportunity to teach you what he/she has just learned are some of the ways to keep the student motivated.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We begin with the title of the story. I'll ask the student what he predicts the story will be about. We read the table of contents and look at the pictures so he can get an idea of the story. As the student is reading, I suggest the student visualize in their mind what they are reading. I'll ask if the subject or characters are familiar to them, or if they resemble familiar people they know. If it's a handout story, I'll ask them to highlight difficult words, and I'll ask them questions and ask them to retell the story. These are some of the strategies I use.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find out as much as I can about the student and the problem with the lesson. I'll ask them to bring relevant materials so we can work together. We will agree on the time, date, and place. I'll arrange to meet where it's the right environment: quiet, with no distractions. I'll introduce myself, tell them about my background and experience, and be friendly. If the student has difficulty with comprehension, I'll work with his learning style, make it fun and interesting, give them homework and schedule the next lesson.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to surprise my students by introducing new activities, by using illustrations, PowerPoints, songs relevant to the subject, and anything that will keep the student engaged and excited. I'll allow the student to take a short break that refreshes the mind. I might bring in visuals to use as hands-on activities. One example is to have the student roleplay with me, such as greetings in Spanish or asking simple yes or no questions in Spanish. I'll take a personal interest and inspire and encourage the student, and use praise.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use open-ended questions. I'll give the student an opportunity to analyze and reiterate the new information to check for understanding. I'll encourage the student to use critical thinking, or together we will develop the critical thinking skills and delve deeper into the subject or matter at hand. I will model and create great thinkers with the subject at hand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Developing confidence in a student is to motivate and to inspire the student to succeed. I'll pass on my knowledge, skills and enthusiasm so they can feel and know they own it. One of my goals is to build a positive attitude and a productive student. I think in allowing a student to become independent creates a sense of confidence and strength within the student. I'll help the student improve in certain areas (e.g. determination and commitment) which will be valuable long after the course is over.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I believe in testing what I teach. One method I use is to evaluate the students understanding and interpretation of the material taught is the typical multiple choice questions, matching, oral testing and allowing the student to student teach what he has already learned. I like to use performance-based assessments especially when learning a new language. Many times, I'll request the student create a portfolio of a particular theme, PowerPoint, and role playing as a measure of assessing student needs. The types of assessments aforementioned allow the student to engage in real world tasks. Using a rubric to assess their strengths and weaknesses will give me a great snapshot of the student's needs. Performance-based projects allow me to give immediate feedback and correction if necessary. This also allows me to change the course of action, tweet it or use another type of teaching strategy.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I use for a tutoring session may include a laptop, a tablet, cell phone, portable white board, visuals, books, paper, pencils, a quiet area and our thinking skills.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
When I tutor, I start with a short and simple questionnaire to get an idea and some background knowledge of the student's preconceptions. I'll give the student an opportunity to discuss or write down what they learned, what they didn't understand and what they want to learn. I believe learning is an ongoing process of questioning, experimenting and reflecting.