First and foremost, let me say that I am a certified teacher in both Illinois and Tennessee. My areas of certification are English and Social Studies for Middle and Secondary grades.
I studied education at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois where I majored in Social Science Education. I student taught in a high school History classroom and have experience substitute teaching in a variety of environments. While substitute teaching, I had several long-term assignments that allowed me to teach in an 8th grade Language Arts classroom in an urban environment as well as time teaching 11th grade American History in Charleston, Illinois.
As an educator, my goal is to provide my students with a relevant education that allows them to explore the material by asking questions and discovering the answers with some facilitation and guidance. I have found that the most rewarding form of education is the learning that the student discovers on their own. Not only will this give students the confidence to learn on their own, but we will also discuss the path they followed to discovery. Learning is half the battle, but if the students do not understand how they found the answer it will be difficult for them to apply that skill in the future.
In tutoring, students need time and guidance. I will give them the personal attention they need while using the students needs and the material as a guide for developing proper methods to help the student master the material and gain confidence in their studies.
Another important focus are study methods. By modeling and explaining proper study methods my students will be better prepared to approach tests, projects, and a variety of other assignments. My method of studying implements a timed portion of studying combined with short intervals of rest. This will prevent students from cramming too much information in a short time interval and allow them time to rest and relax.
My dedication and passion in teaching is unparalleled. Students need time and attention to learn. I have the time to give to them and the attention I provide will allow us to bond and build a trust together.
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