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Bradford

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I am an elementary teacher with a background in history as well. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy sports, reading, watching movies and comics.

When I tutor, I like to find out what the students knows first. From here, I have established a baseline that we can jump off from. If there is a skill or topic that the student wants to work on first, we will focus on that. I believe in adapting my tutoring to the needs of each individual.

Bradford’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: SUNY College at Oswego - Bachelors, Childhood Education

Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Oswego - Masters, Literacy Education B-6

Hobbies

Reading, watching movies, reading comic books, playing video games, camping

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Math

Other

Social studies

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to let the students drive the classroom. Students can learn a lot from each other and can teach the teacher as well. When tutoring, this means to learn what the student you are working with knows first, and then build the sessions from there to help them excel.

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

I would usually simply talk to the student. I feel it is important to not only understand what the student knows academically, but who they are as a person.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by helping them determine how they learn, their metacognition. Once a child understands how they learn, they will start looking at things in a different, more efficient way.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I have always found that relating to the students is very helpful. Letting the student know that I struggled with what we are working on when I was younger helps them realize that they aren't the only one.

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

I would present the skill several different ways to the student. If necessary, I would merge different strategies into my own presentation for the student to succeed.

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

I use several strategies with reading comprehension. Having students read to each other, read to themselves, and also listen to me read to them helps a great deal. While doing this, I have the other students or myself ask questions to see if the students understand what is being asked. Also, having a book that is something that the students enjoy can be a big help.

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

Simply getting to know the student is a really good way to have them relax and not feel any pressure. Some students stress when meeting new people, and simply talking to them can help ease that.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I feel relating it to something that the student is interested in already can help get them engaged in learning about anything. Especially when the subject is one they find difficult or they are struggling with.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I ask frequent questions throughout my lesson/session to check for understanding. I try to use stories and memorable songs/jingles to help them remember. At the end, I also leave time for questions and review.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I start by working with what the student knows and working from there. I introduce new material a bit at a time so that they are always reviewing what they know. As time progresses, I replace the older material with more current, and then eventually let the student know what I have done and let them know that they learned all the material at their pace.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

If they are old enough to advocate for themselves, I would ask what works for them in school and work with that. If they are not, then I would try various teaching strategies to find out what each of my students need.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Some material can be covered quickly with some students, and other students the same material will take twice as long and have to be presented completely different. In teaching, you need to be flexible and realize there is no one answer.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I would usually use my computer and any materials relevant to the subject I was tutoring. I usually only use textbooks for vocabulary and try to do more engaging things with my students.