Hi! My name is Christina and I am a current teacher in Chicago. I have been teaching for the past 4 years and I currently work as an interventionist at a public school for students K-6. I am certified in Illinois and Rhode Island as a K-6 general education teacher, K-12 special education teacher and as a reading specialist!
I believe in using a differentiated, personalized for each student, and engaging method of teaching that motivates the students and creates opportunities for success!
Undergraduate Degree: Providence College - Bachelors, Elementary and Special Education
Graduate Degree: Providence College - Masters, Reading Specialist
Reading, Tennis, Yoga
What is your teaching philosophy?
For me, teaching is a journey to encourage and support people of all ages to explore the world and be open to knowledge. A good teacher provides comfort, but challenges students to reach their potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I would like to spend time getting to the know the student in terms of both academics and social emotional needs, while creating a fun, engaging and safe environment!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can support students to stay motivated by creating fun and engaging lessons that encourage students to challenge themselves to reach their goals!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I like to provide differentiated instruction to support the student's needs. Students can be different learners and may need different tools to learn a concept. I like to teach topics in the way the student learns best.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I begin to work with a new student, I have found that I am more successfully when I take time to get to know the student. I like to learn the interests of the students, how the student prefers to learn (auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, visual), and the strengths and needs of the student. When I understand the whole student, I am better able to meet their needs and sessions are more productive.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
As a certified reading specialist, I know many different ways to support reading comprehension. Some methods I like to use are collecting and implementing background knowledge, different questions, visuals, auditory recaps and graphic organizers. All of the methods are research-based methods of instruction that are designed to support reading comprehension.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use formal and informal assessment to determine if the student understand the material I am teaching. This could be as easy as the student providing a "thumbs up" if they master a concept, or using different levels of questioning. I also like using assessments that provide data for parents and guardians, in order to see the progress their student has made.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build student confidence by providing many different opportunities for success. Opportunities for success can look different for each student. I also like to use positive praise and charts so students can see their own growth in their learning!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use different methods of assessment to determine a student's need. I like to use formal testing, grades, teacher input, parent input and student input to determine the exact needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I determine a student's needs, I am able to adapt my tutoring to meet their needs. I am willing to use differentiated instruction, personalized instruction and manipulatives to support a student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I like to provide hands-on materials and fun things for the students to use while we are working. I also like to bring high quality text and real-world problems!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by boosting confidence and motivating the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about a subject they are struggling in by creating a lesson that includes their personal interests. It has been found that students are more likely to be engaged when lessons include items, concepts, or places they enjoy!