My name is Mr.D and I hold three degrees from Accredited Colleges. One degree is a B.S. in Sociology, the second is in Elementary Education, for which I have just renewed my Advanced Professional Certificate good through June, 2014, and lastly is my Master's degree for curriculum and instruction in the Elementary School. My certificate authorizes me to teach first through eighth grade. My undergraduate degrees were from Towson University and My Masters was from Coppin State University.
My experience with tutoring started before I was a teacher over 25 years ago when I could tutor students who couldn't make it to school because they were either in the hospital or at home recovering. I did this in Anne Arundel County while I was a substitute school teacher for a few years. Through my 15 years of teaching I took on a few students that I taught and helped them before or after school with any clarification they may have needed for the previous lessons. For the past few summers I have tutored high school students as they prepared for their S.A.T.(Scholastic Aptitude Test).
My teaching style is dependent on the learning style of the individual I am tutoring, but I do combine many of them so I can pinpoint the one that works best for them. I would most likely try to stay away from the most popular teaching style and that's direct teaching style. This is when the teacher does all the talking and it's usually boring and the teacher does most, if not all the talking. The next one I would use would be the demonstrator or personal model style. Here there would be more interaction with the student and the tutor would give the student a chance to try the different skills that are being taught. They could do this in a number of ways. One would be visually show they understand the concept, acknowledge through saying they understand it, and if it takes demonstrating it in a kinestetic or tactile way then that would be the best way for the student to grasp it. Taking the indirect approach may be an important approach to tutoring the students because I would act as a facilitator and I would be there for help, but the weight of solving the concepts and questions would mostly fall on the students shoulders. This approach would force the student to think for themselves and I would be there to guide them and discuss the answers to the questions and assess what they have discovered.
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