Learning should be fun. When it stops being fun, you might need another perspective on the material. A change in perspective can make all the difference.
The same method or approach doesn't work for every student. I have become familiar with that fact as I worked as a substitute teacher for the past year and a half and at the after school program I oversaw for three years. Not every classroom operates the same way. Often, students need an alternative explanation in order to make sense of difficult topics.
Even though I am licensed to teach grades 1-6, I do not see myself as a classroom teacher. So much time is wasted on classroom management, that no student reaches his or her full potential. Many students are too distracted to learn or spend most of the day waiting for distracted students to catch up to them. I have been tutoring peers and students for the last 13 years. A tutoring environment allows me to focus in on the needs of each student. I can target boredom, misunderstandings, or distraction to make learning more effective.
My personal background as a home school student gives me a spirit of self-motivation. I work diligently to accomplish personal goals, as well as helping other students set and achieve their personal goals. Having choice in my high school curriculum gave me the opportunity to pursue the knowledge and skills I valued. I value knowledge that is practical and useful. I try to find practical applications for more obscure topics, since as a student I often lamented, "When am I ever going to need to know how to do this math? It's not useful at all!"
I look forward to helping you see things from a different angle. I hope to help you understand well enough to enjoy math, science, reading, writing, music, and learning.
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