My name is Jennifer and I have been a strong advocate for supportive education most of my career. I owned and directed a tutoring company in Oregon. I have taught 6th grade elementary and 7th/8th grade physical science. The past five years of my career has been in educational leadership for early childhood education. Tutoring has always been my passion so it is such a priveledge to have the opportunity to be a part of your educational journey.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Concordia University-Portland - Bachelors, Elementary and Secondary Education
Graduate Degree: Concordia University-Portland - Masters, Educational Leadership
Computer and board games, swimming, American Sign Language, coloring
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make things as hands-on as possible. Most people learn through seeing and actually doing it. If it is just seen and heard, only a certain percentage of what was spoken is retained. I have a passion for education and want to share with others my passion for teaching. I want to share my experiences with others. My passion for teaching children and the creativity behind it could be passed onto others who have a passion for children. I believe that you should learn something new every day. Even if it is someone's name that you didn't know before or a different route to work.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
An in-person tutoring session would comprise of setting up a learning program. We would play a dice or card game. Then, we'd discuss what the student's expectations of tutoring are. For online tutoring, I would play a word game or tic tac toe on the blackboard system to break the ice, and then discuss what the student's expectations of tutoring are. I'd begin the process of pre-testing the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Empower them with study skill advice and offer organizational skills. Give them positive encouragement and feedback.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Provide them with positive reinforcement and encouragement. Provide fun alternative ways of learning, like dice, cards, and educational games, to allow the brain to have a break.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find another way to explain the concept. If the student still does not understand, then skip it and move onto something else and go back to it another day.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have different reading books that assist in certain subjects to assist with comprehension (following directions, vocabulary in context, identifying inferences).
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Be personable, explain the expectations, and ask them what they are looking to get out of our time. Ask what they need.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find a fun way to get them into the mood of the subject. Guide them through things step by step.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The first couple problems are guided, then I have the student do a few problems and then have them explain what they are doing.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
With positive reinforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use a CAT5 test, a GED pre-test, CLOZE testing, study skill assessments, and subject pre and post tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
You ask them what their goal in tutoring is. Ask them how they think they best learn. Listen to their needs, supply resources, and try different methods to check for understanding.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Resource books, worksheets, computer program resources, cards, dice, educational games, manipulatives, reward systems (depending upon age), whiteboards, and scratch paper.