I am a native New Yorker, by way of Cedar Rapids Iowa, Oakland/Piedmont, Sacramento and San Diego.
I have a B.S. Degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Athletic Training.
After trying several majors--Econ, Biology, Real Estate, Pre-Med and Engineering, i settled on my gift n passion for sport & fitness. Unfortunately, I didn't know it at the time. Consequently, I experienced a very rich and diverse academic experience.
My subsequent professional life mirrored that of my collegiate career--leveraging all of educational qualifications to ascertain the BEST fit for me. Fortunately, after many miles and years, I have not found the right fit, but crafted the RIGHT fit!!
After enjoyed success, and subsequent disappointment in the last real estate boom and bust, I began working as a substituted teacher so that I could support my real estate habit...lol. I found that I really enjoyed the work, environment and inherently intrinsic value found. Given the uncertainty of substitute teaching, I pursued, and secured, a permanent teaching position with a private school in Manhattan Beach. After several years of pure FUN, JOY, GROWTH and mutual LOVE, I have decided to pursue my teaching credential in P.E.
I have recently been accepted to Cal State Dominguez Hills--Spring 2017, and need to make some extra DOE...lol. So, why not do what I know...love and enjoy--working with young people.
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile. I look forward to the opportunity to work with your family.
Dante L. Venegas....and I approve this message..lol!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelors, Exercise Science--PE
Graduate Degree: Cal State Dominguez - Current Grad Student, Education
All things outdoors/fitness related. Bowling, running, hiking, spectator sports, chess, running, weightlifting, SAILING, music, pop culture, movies, history, politics.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
That these students are "NEW" people and need lots of explanations. Therefore; I believe in explaining everything contextually -- the importance of how and why things belong and fit where they do.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help the student to identify their future aspirations. Help to further illustrate how their education will help ensure their success so that they can establish or strengthen their sense of initiative.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Either through games, rewards, or reminders of what their end goal is -- keeping eyes on the prize.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask them what specific part they are having problems with, and then go back to review the foundation concepts in order to move forward.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By helping them to create the right environment to slow down and focus. I believe that they should try to eliminate as many outside distractions as possible, which partly means keeping their rooms clean...lol.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To build rapport and conduct a subject matter assessment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Present its importance within the context of their future aspirations, so that they could see, for themselves, the importance of the success with the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student: 1. Explain concepts back to me. 2. Complete practice problems. 3. Score above average on examinations.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By having continued demonstrated success. Therefore, lots and lots of basic practice and tests. I believe in simulating the testing environment with quizzes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Pre-testing and interviewing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By identifying the student's needs appropriately. Then I am able to construct a specific lesson plan.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use paper and pencil, visual aids, flash cards, and a computer.