I have taught a wide rage of age groups including adults using various educational techniques to help minimize the anxiety and frustration "challenge" sometimes brings to learning. Part of my focus with any student's learning is listening to their needs and addressing where their struggle exists. My strategy toward successful learning is breaking concepts into smaller parts so maximum understanding is done before moving onto additional material. This usually involves drill setting, application understanding and mastery of performance. By doing this a student's self-esteem can be built to take on new challenges. I believe there is a direct relationship between one's self-esteem and success in any subject learned and mastered. To conquer this process, developing an educational plan must be part of the requirement.
My most recent tutoring experience was with a 3rd grader having difficulty with math and language arts. Through the approaches outlined above I was successful in improving her classroom performance and grades. Part of this approach included using a token system strategy.
Using a this same system strategy has also been successful while teaching a 3rd grader suffering with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome within the Santa Clara County Unified School District in CA. By including this strategy in a one-on-one instruction plan, as well as incorporating group participation within the classroom, this student learned how to self-control his behavior and participate appropriately while dramatically improving his difficulties within math, reading and writing.
My experience is not limited to just elementary school. I have also taught various topics within social studies in middle and high school as well as technical training to adults all supported by a hands-on approach with technology as a cornerstone towards learning. The central focus is about presenting students information sparking curiosity while having them demonstrate their critical and application skills in creative and unique ways triggering full conceptual understanding.
I have a BA in psychology from San Jose State University, and a MAEd in secondary education from University of Phoenix. I look forward to teaching and inspiring all students to be great in any subject I cover.
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