I am hoping to gain many new teaching skills as I work on becoming a fully licensed teacher. I enjoy substituting K-12 and Special Education for Teachers on Call. I have two daughters, a dog, and a Siamese cat.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Biological Anthropology
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CLEP Introduction to Business Law
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to focus on positive aspects of learning in order to encourage the motivation to learn the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know each other with some activities. Find out the strengths and areas in which the student wants to improve.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach him or her how to focus on one idea at a time and how ideas are interconnected in our world and universe.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would use positive reinforcement with a rewards system.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to break it up into smaller portions and teach it on smaller parts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to use more pictures. I might encourage artistic activities related to the reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Keeping a progress journal.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to give some real-world examples of how this subject relates to an area of their interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask questions about the material and use different quizzes and writing assignments to assess progress.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Reward correct answers and compliment their knowledge about a subject when they explain something.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
An assessment test, a student's report card, and asking the student what they know about a subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to learn their strengths and weaknesses, identify what type of learning needs they have and implement appropriate lessons.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual aids like flashcards and books, depending on the age and skill level of the student.