I pride myself on being an enthusiastic, passionate educator who upholds high standards for my students. I believe that students should be challenged and learn to their full potential. If a student is struggling, it does not mean he/she is incapable. If a concept seems too difficult for a student, I will not simply replace it with an easier assignment. Instead, I scaffold the assignment, break it up into simpler steps, and aid the student with the completion of each step until finally, he/she reaches that ultimate goal. If educator and student work together, in the end they will feel accomplished and proud that they completed the task.
In order to assess my students and clients, I test them regularly, identify where the students are struggling, assign and instruct on this area of weakness, and assess again to verify if the students have mastered the particular skill. When students are competent in one area, they are introduced to a new one. Meanwhile, they are expected to continue to demonstrate mastery in the previous areas of study.
These techniques can be witnessed daily in my English II Honors and English IV (in-class-support) classes at a Middlesex County high school. I am very comfortable working with students who are high-achieving, as I enjoy continuing to challenge them, but I am also skilled in teaching students who need assistance and more scaffolded, structured instruction. I also have experience tutoring for the reading and writing portions of the SAT. I can create a curriculum for students who are interested in preparing for a higher level English class, work with students who need assistance in their current English class, or I can aid students who are beginning to study for the SAT.
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