I am a 13 year elementary school teacher looking for more tutoring clients. I am great with young children and have additional certifications in ESL, Special education, and Gifted and talented education. I have many good references! I have taught kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade. (Certified up to 6th grade) I can provide homework help, encouragement, and even STAAR test prep.
I can tutor your child at the local library or online. I am available most evenings and have very flexible hours on weekends.
I have my ESL certification and know how to accommodate for students whose first language isn't English. I focus on vocabulary and have many strategies to help students.
I speak fluent German.
As a STAAR grade level teacher, I have taught students how to be successful on standardized tests.
I work well with children and have a great rapport with them. I am able to identify their academic needs and learning styles to help them become successful learners.
I have additional certification in Special Education and worked for two years as a special education teacher.
Ready to experience success?! I am here to help. My experience, love of learning, and rapport with kids and families are available to you. I am excited to help you!
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe students are very unique and, as a teacher, I must adapt to their individual learning style. My love of learning shows, and I believe I encourage my students to love learning as well. I love to help students become successful, lifelong, confident learners.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
At a typical first session with a student, I like to get to know their likes and dislikes as well as do a short and fun assessment to discover their learning style. I also like to establish learning goals with the student and/or the student and their parent.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By making learning an enjoyable and successful experience each time we meet, I can help my student become an intrinsically motivated learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by offering praise and immediate feedback during each lesson. I also work with the student to create, adjust, and reach their individual learning 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 attempt to alter my teaching method to adapt to their difficulty with the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In order help a student who is struggling with reading comprehension, I address the specific area of reading that they are having difficulty with and have many strategies to get them to succeed in comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I find most successful are the use of high-interest reading materials and manipulatives, especially for young learners.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would use the student's specific interests to get them engaged in a subject they are struggling in. For example, if they struggle in reading, I would seek reading materials that align with subjects they are most interested in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Pre and post-assessments are quick, valuable tools to assure that a student understands the material they have been learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I believe that helping the student create personal goals that are achievable over time helps them build confidence in the subject they are struggling with. Then, they can see their personal progress over time to develop a sense of confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use the following to evaluate student needs: Interest surveys, pre and post-assessments, informal assessments, anecdotal notes, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I plan for a lesson with a student based on their assessed needs. but am flexible in adapting a lesson depending on the student's needs at the time of the lesson. For example, perhaps in the lesson the student may need to take more time on a topic than intended, or may have successfully learned the topic more quickly than intended and may need to move ahead or have an enrichment on the topic.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I use depend on the subject. For younger students, I always bring manipulatives as well as a quick educational game that is associated with the skill being learned.