In every job, activity, and part of my life I find myself in some form of a teaching role- and I love it. While I am well educated, and a lifelong pursuer of knowledge and skills, school wasn't always easy for me. I struggled with ADHD and had to find my own ways of making it through. Over many years I have gained and honed my skills and have turned my weakness into a great strength. I look forward to sharing my abilities and knowledge with you. I'm fun (not boring), skilled, and interested in your success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Geography & Environmental Science
Graduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Masters, Education Leadership and Foundations
Writing, Music (performing, writing), reading, Camping/Backpacking, Fishing, Gardening, Photography, Upcycling
Elementary School Science
High School Business
High School Geography
Middle School Science
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that the purpose of education is to help the learner progress, and the measure of progress is based on the learner, their needs and desires, and their personal context. This means that I always start with purpose. Students and teachers both deserve that. Else it ends up being people in a speeding car having no idea where they are going and why - and that doesn't make sense.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
1. Explore purpose - why am I there, and what does the student need/want to get out of things? 2. Talk about personal learning preferences/strategies (what has worked, not worked, etc.). 3. Discuss specific context of the tutoring to be done and create a specific strategy/plan we can both agree on. 4. Get working.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Most of all, help them learn to love learning. Second, teach them strategies and tactics that work for their context - their personality, etc. This might be helping establish effective habits and structure, or it might be simple specific tips and tricks for learning that specific topic/subject, etc.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep pointing them to their purpose. If they have a stated, worthy purpose, and remember it, it usually helps. Also, help them remove obstacles to their progress, or find new, effective paths for them that will help them be successful. Students must have victories, so I like to design teaching around victories - kind of a type of gamification.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Not give up on them. Find new strategies and tactics - in other words, do my homework to find new methods. Also, work to see the root of the cause for the difficulty and see if that can be solved.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It depends on the student and their context. Reading comprehension has a lot to do with vocabulary, sentence structure and paragraph structure. We help them deconstruct the reading and get to something they do comprehend. Basically, you can reverse engineer it. But a lot of it is building better vocabulary, and that comes with more reading and practice. You might have to start with books that combine multiple senses to help them approach it differently - for instance, comic books can help sometimes.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I would start with purpose and a plan that both agree on. Engage the student and make them a decision maker. They have to own it and be a joint participant in their own learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them practical, cool applications of the learning. There is something really cool about pretty much everything. There are amazing online resources for almost every subject. You have to contextualize/connect it to something they do like or show something practical about it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It depends partly on the subject matter, but make them teach it back to you. Allow them chances to identify and explain it in a real-world application.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Recognize progress - acknowledge small victories, and allow them the chance to fail so that when they succeed, they know they did it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking with them, and where appropriate, their parents or maybe even a teacher. Then, through observation as you work with them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
In the context of that student. There is no ONE way to do that. The question in some ways answers itself. :)
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the subject, what is being worked on, the student's learning styles and preferences, etc. Anything from hands-on experiments and examples to paper and pencil diagrams to videos, etc.