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Brandi

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I'm a lifelong learner and teacher of 12 years. I have taught every subject K-8th grade. I believe in hands-on learning through problem solving and innovation. Students will be motivated and challenged when working with me, and I find joy in seeing my students succeed.

Brandi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: MSU Bozeman - Bachelors, Elementary education

Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Math education

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 26

Hobbies

Basketball, volleyball, reading, quilting, foodie, football.

Tutoring Subjects

Basic Computer Literacy

Chemistry

Earth Science

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

GED Prep

GED Social Studies

High School Chemistry

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Phonics

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a proponent of active learning and use a variety of methods to encourage discussion and interaction on the standards being taught. I believe in teaching students; not just content, but vital critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students need to have hands-on access to model and explore what is being taught, and they need to learn in a safe environment.

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

I would begin with some ice-breakers so that we could get to know each other and become more comfortable. I would then assess for areas of need that need to be addressed.

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

Other strategies would need to be implemented and tried until something is found that the student understands. Many times, younger children need to be able to see a concrete representation of a concept.

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

I teach Language Arts, so I have many different strategies to teach comprehension, as well as different program experience.

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

Hands-on and visual strategies are usually the most successful. Also, "I do, we do, you do" is successful.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I use a scaffolding process called "I Do, We Do, You Do" to gradually release a student to independence. I also like to get to know a student's interests to motivate him/her further.