I have been teaching for 10 years. I have taught regular education and special Education. I love working with children, helping them find their strengths and build on their weaknesses. I also feel it is important to get to know the students who you are working with, so they will respect you and work hard for you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Suny Oneonta - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: William Paterson University of New Jersey - Masters, Special Education
Sports, coaching, researching
Q & A
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first model it for the student, and then I would let them try some on their own. You have to use the gradual release method.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I first make sure that students are reading every night. Also, when I am reading with them, I make sure that they only read a paragraph at a time, or a page, and then I ask them simple questions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to ask a new student a lot of questions. I also like to assess them in multiple areas to see where they are doing well and where they are struggling.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show them how this subject or topic is used in the real world, and I would develop the activity around something the student can relate to. I would also attach a small reward to the work when completed.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use different types of assessments, which would include observations, exit cards, quizzes, tests, and graphic organizers.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By having the student constantly practice that subject they are struggling in, and by showing the progress they are making, even if it is minimal.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through assessments, checklists, surveys, and just talking to them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
All students learn differently. Some students are visual learners, so I might use manipulatives; others are auditory, so I might play a book on the computer out loud. Also, some students like to work by themselves, and then I check the work, and others want a lot of help throughout the process.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Graphic organizers, manipulatives, a computer, and whiteboards.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask a lot of questions to get to know them. Then, I would assess them in different areas to see where they are doing well and what they are struggling in, and then we can focus on those areas.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By modeling first, and then having the student do a lot of problems on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep showing the progress they are making, letting them know that the hard work now pays off in life later, and offer rewards for staying motivated and working hard.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that in order to be an effective teacher, you must have a great understanding of the subject matter being taught. A teacher must be able to make good choices on what to teach as well as what is the best way to teach in order for everyone to understand it. In order to become a great teacher, you must get to know your students. We must be aware of what students know when they come to our classroom as well as how to tap into that knowledge and build on it.