I believe all students can learn and it is the job of the teacher to work with the student to figure out the best set of circumstances to create the best opportunities for that student to access and absorb the content.
I have been a teacher for 15 years in public schools across Colorado. I am currently working on my doctorate and want to keep teaching.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, American Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Denver - PHD, Curriculum and Instruction
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all students can learn, and it is the job of the teacher to work with the student to figure out the best set of circumstances to create the best opportunities for that student to access and absorb the content.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to learn about the student in terms of what he/she thinks is a skill set and interest, and what he/she thinks is something that is a struggle.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I want students to build confidence in themselves as learners, so methods for learning are just as important as content knowledge. Learning how to learn is something I teach.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would try to help students understand the long-term goals, and I would adapt the material to an area of interest.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the skill or concept into small and understandable chunks. We would master one chunk at a time until we can put it all together for the big picture of understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teaching reading is really fun! There are text to speech apps that can help with pronunciation and definitions that I use. I also want to set appropriate practice goals to increase reading comprehension and fluency.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Personalization is the most successful strategy I use. I learn about the student and figure out the best way to teach and learn with m. It is about personal interaction and trust in learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Learning about a student's interests outside of academics and adapting the material to that interest. If you love sports but hate geometry, we are going to study triangles by learning about ball trajectory in basketball.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use all kinds of ways, from written to verbal questioning, but the most important way I know if a student has learned something is when that student can apply the skill or concept to solve a problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I believe in the power of positive interaction. The best way to build confidence is to ensure success and support and safety. Those are important elements for me when teaching.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
We will look at all available information, from data and test scores to grades and personal feelings about a subject or area of confusion.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As I get to know a student, I learn about their needs. The best way is to gain trust with students so they will self-advocate and tell me what they need!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would like to use any materials the student already has to work with, and I'd build and bring supplemental materials as needed.