I have been teaching for the past 13 years. I started at a small private school teaching students on the autism spectrum and with brain injuries. I developed a love for teaching and received extensive training in behavior management. I left this job to teach and be a behavior specialist in Cambridge. In this position I learned to communicate more effectively with a broader range of students, educators, administrators and parents. I observed many teaching methods and interaction styles and learned to use them in my own classroom, which was a middle school aged behavioral classroom. I then moved to my current position, which offered me the luxury of teaching math exclusively to a high school population, which I had been wanting to do for years. I have been in this position for the last 6 years teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders. I have a passion for math and try to impart this on all of my students. I feel that a relationship with my students is one of the most important aspects of teaching. I realize that math is not a favorite of many students but I try to change their outlook on the subject by teaching with energy and humor. I feel that a student's effort is more important than getting the right answer. The processes behind many mathematical concepts are more important than doing the same style of problem over and over until they are all correct. I stress that everyone makes mistakes, learning math is more about gaining a confidence in one's abilities. I have worked as our SAT coordinator for the past few years and do review with interested students. I also make sure to add several MCAS questions to every unit I teach. I am proud of the fact that each of my students has passed the Math MCAS test and is eligible for graduation. Project based learning is important and necessary to keep students engaged and interested in many of the topics. Individualized attention is another key to educational success. My class sizes are small, allowing me to make modifications and provide individualized support. I think this is one of the skills that will make me an effective tutor. I promise I will make every effort to not only improve the skills and mathematical aptitude of the students I tutor, but I also hope to increase their investment and enjoyment of math.
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