I am a rising senior studying mathematics and secondary education. I have always dreamed of becoming an educator since I was little. As a child, I always picked the role of teacher when playing the ???pretend game.??? For this simple reason: I was allowed to perform whatever behaviors I considered a ???good teacher??? would have to my ???students.??? As a student, I was fortunate that I had many good teachers in my high school and college who inspired me, tried different strategies to help students conquer educational obstructions and became my role models in how to help others who needed. I love to teach, and I love to help others learn. Therefore, I tutored, taught, assisted, and observed students ranged from kindergarten to high school under situations such as English Language Learners, Students with disabilities, Gifted and Talented students. I tried to reach out to different possibilities and gained experiences in teaching effectively to different learners.
My tutoring experience began during my senior year of high school. At the after school site that I volunteered to tutor, I was assigned to tutor 5-7 third grade elementary school students whom were considered as English Language Learners. My responsibility was to collaborate with the teacher to assist students with the reading, writing and math homework. Later, I worked at the same site but different location. I still served as teacher assistance, but my responsibility changed. I began to tutor students range from kindergarten to fifth grades with different types of supports. For example, explained and checked homework for each students in the class, translated articles to students who did not understand English so well, and collaborate with the teacher in classroom management.
Since I enrolled into the education program in my college, I started to observe public middle schools and high schools in different math classes and gained experience in collaborating with professional teachers to set lesson plans that focus on the State Common Core Standards and meet the needs of all students. I also learned how to integrate technology and other strategies to effectively support students' academic needs. In the recent year, I became a teacher in the after school site that I used to volunteered. I taught students from different grade levels, and the majority of my students speak Chinese as their first language. My primary responsibility is to assist students with homework helps, make sure that all of them completed their homework accurately, and proper classroom managements to ensure that students learn under a supportive environment. All of my classes contained 20-25 students whom were from different elementary schools and different classes, which means that the majority of students had different homework and more likely to require one-to-one assistance. I collaborated with my teaching assistants in dividing students so each of us only responsible for a portion of students. Rather than taught students problem to problem, I focused in delivering the skills that they needed to acquire in order to solve problems. After I ensured that students adopted the skill, then they were able to complete the rest of the problems. This strategy allowed students to have independent practice, and provide all students with the opportunity to receive one-to-one assistance.
I am a student studying mathematics in college, and through my previous background and experiences, I am confident in tutoring these subjects to my students. Through my experience in assisting elementary school students with homework, I received the opportunity to review the materials all over again and learned to apply different levels of explanations to different learners under the Common Core State Standards. In addition, when I observed public middle schools and high schools, I was able to observe how professional teachers teach the subjects, and combine with my own experience when I first learned the subjects to better provide effective support to students. Besides of being a math students, I am also a native Chinese speaker, and I lived in China until 12, which made me a great fit to tutor Chinese to students, as well as to tutor math to students whose home language is Chinese.
I want to support students based on their needs. The one-to-one tutoring is a student-centered approach. Therefore, I want what is the most benefit to students. With my previous background and experiences, I believe I will be a great help to students academically. Feel free to contact me with any questions.