In my ten years of educational experience I have learned that there is no specific "right way to teach. I feel that we as educators have to incorporate a mixture of different approaches to guide our methods of teaching. I feel that educators have to be willing to research and find new exciting techniques to better service the needs of their students. I take the knowledge acquired from different classrooms as an assistant to help me gain insight on how to become an effective teacher. I believe that there is a personal reward that money can not buy when you are able to help a child unlock knowledge that will be with them for the rest of their life. Being able to help students learn academically is one of the greatest gifts a person could offer to someone. I find joy in knowing I am able to help a student become literate and knowledgeable to help them succeed in life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Los Angeles Southwest College - Associate in Arts, Clinical Child Psychology
Undergraduate Degree: Los Angeles Southwest College - Current Undergrad, Education
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has a different way of learning, so they will require different techniques to help them reach their potential. Working in Special Education, I've learned that some students need additional resources or guidance to help them with their learning. I feel that it is the teacher's responsibility to capture the student's attention and make learning fun for them. I like using manipulatives and visuals in a lesson to help students think outside the box when learning new or challenging concepts. For example, a student may not understand that two triangles can form a square, but in using manipulatives to show this process, it can help the child visually by seeing it and using a hands-on approach. Also, students love to play with the manipulatives and I love to make learning fun and exciting. I truly believe that children have to be motivated to learn and that teachers have to be willing to alter their instruction for learning to occur; this is what I love most about tutoring. It allows the students to learn in a different setting using different, out of the textbook, strategies to aid with learning with someone other than their school teacher.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to start the first session getting to know the student's academic strengths and weaknesses to get an idea on how I can better assist them in reaching their goals. I like to know if the student is a visual or auditory learner to come up with the best strategies to guide their learning. I also like to share a bit of my education background when I was their age to help build a foundation of trust and understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to meet the student at their level and gradually offer less assistance over time until they are completely comfortable doing the problem with no help.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Having a happy and high energy personality helps keeps students excited about learning. I like to motivate students by keeping the task fun and exciting so they don't view it as "work."
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would constantly remind the student that everyone has a beginning and end point, and learning is a process, so it will take time to get it right. I would assure them that, as frustrating as it can be to learn something new, if they continue to practice, eventually they will get it, and it will be rewarding knowing that not giving up helped them accomplish their goal.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would identify where the difficulty occurs in the reading and give them other examples to help them understand. I would also have them restate the difficult sentence or passage in their own words after to check for understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that having the student explain the problem to me as if they were teaching me helps the student remember how to solve the problem and helps me as the educator check for understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would simply ask the student's opinion on why they think they are struggling and ask them what they think would help them learn the concept better. From there, I would listen to their suggestions and compromise to come up with the best learning tactic.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By giving them praise every time they get an answer right.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use real-world examples to relate the material to their life. I also use visuals, like drawings and tangible items, like manipulatives, to help further understand a concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have the student summarize or paraphrase the important concepts and explain how they worked out the problem, either orally or visually.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would give an assessment to check for challenging areas and see where the student has strengths and weaknesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use the student's strengths to help them with their weaknesses.