I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1990 with a degree in education. However, while my specialization was in social science, (history, government, economics), I am certified to teach middle grades science (life science, Earth science, and physical science), as well as being certified to teach high school biology. Additionally, I have a middle grades and secondary certification in the social sciences. I am currently beginning my 13th year as a classroom teacher, with all but three of these as a science teacher.
I have taught physical science, (2 years), Earth science, (10 years), middle school math and Language Arts, (one year), and high school Spanish, (two years).
I believe that effective learning takes place when two criteria are met. First, the student believes that they can learn the material. From personal experience, I can say without a doubt that learning becomes difficult if not impossible when a student, whether child or adult - is not confident that they personally can master the material. Skepticism about the ability to learn a topic often can be overcome simply by introducing the student to effective learning and study skills. Often a topic can be learned readily if a simpler method or tactic can be introduced. Once an individual experiences that initial success, increasing confidence usually ensues.
Second, material should be presented in as enjoyable and engaging a fashion as possible. If a topic can be presented in this fashion, then not only will the individual learn more during the lesson, but there is a far better chance that they will continue to be motivated to learn the material.
My goal as a tutor, is to not only create an effective learning environment during the session, but to leave the student with a positive feeling about the material so that they will find the motivation to continue to do the necessary work to continue the learning process.
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