I have been teaching students ranging in age from 15 years old to elders in their 80s. The way that I teach is what has been termed by educators as a student centered approach. By combining my professional work as a psychologist along with my teaching experiences, I believe I have gained the sensitivity of knowing where the student may be in their learning moment.
Indeed, teachers work very hard to create the magical "learning moment" for their students. In addition, by creating a caring and compassionate bond with the learner, I have found many learning obstacles can be jointly overcome. Therein, I support a creative environment for the learner, that both builds motivation and in turn develops confidence in the learning experience.
The TESOL certificate I earned is based on the School for Training Graduate Institute and World Learning (SIT). We believe it is vital to teach to the student and not to the lesson. In that, I teach English language acquisition with a collaborative model. At the end of the lesson, a few minutes are set aside to reflect on the learners and teachers experience. We assess what was learned and where to focus on for the next lesson.
Studies have suggested that a receptive mind free of anxiety coupled with a relaxed body can improve the retention of new information. To that end, I also teach simple and effective meditation and relaxation techniques that may enhance the learners ability to comprehend, retain and reproduce the new information.
If my approach to teaching is interesting to you, I would be pleased to discuss your thoughts and inquiries.
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