I have successfully taught students in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and college. When teaching students with learning problems, I learned to be tolerant, flexible, and patient. I have a goal and Lesson plans for each tutoring session. However, my flexibility allows me to veer from, or skip sections of the plans if a student acts tired, bored, or frustrated. Many students have short attention spans. For that reason, my sessions are broken into short periods with lots of variety. Some students learn best by visualizing a concept. Others learn by listening. Many learn by doing: building a rectangle, rearranging phrases and words to make a sentence, using counters to prove an answer.
I believe that I can teach anything, and I believe that I can teach anyone who wants to learn. I've actually taught many who didn't know that they wanted to learn. I enjoy using my creativity in teaching. I believe in rewards and reinforcement,(i.e I only mark the correct answers on a test!). All people have things that are rewarding to them. For some, a smile and a compliment do the job. Others may want stickers, stars, even something to eat. I discover the things that are rewarding to each student, because not all will continue to work and learn for the sake of learning!
I love teaching, and I love learning. Someone once said that the best teachers are continuously learning. I strongly believe in life-long learning. When a tutor and student are working at learning together, there's a bond that eventually forms a friendship. I count many former-students as my friends.
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