I like to help young children who have become discouraged or bored or frustrated, and have no hope of success left, to find joy in learning again, and to stir up enthusiasm for subjects that they'd grown to hate.
Children can easily come to hate a particular subject or learning in general. It could be because they've experienced a lot of failure, or because they've had a teacher who didn't care about them, or a teacher who has made them feel nervous or frightened, or because of the problems with Common Core. They can often get so discouraged they see no point in even trying any more, and just give up.
Those are the kinds of situations that I am good at correcting.
I started tutoring around 1980, mostly with homeschoolers. I've tutored children from Kindergarten to 8th grade as well as some high school students, both homeschooled and attending regular schools. I've also taught in some small parent-run and private schools.
I have a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University (1987), summa cum laude, with teacher certification.
Most of my tutoring has been in beginning math and reading, which I find the most rewarding, but I have taught a wide variety of subjects and ages over the years. I've even had a couple of live-in tutoring jobs for homeschooling families where I taught just about all the subjects several days a week.
I'm a very patient and gentle teacher, so I am good with nervous or shy children.
I do not have one method of teaching that I always use. I believe each child is a unique individual, and therefore there cannot be one method that will work for everybody. I believe in adapting my style and methods based on the strengths and weaknesses and interests of the particular child I'm working with at the time.
I'm self-employed (my main job is teaching courses for homeschoolers on-line), which gives me a very flexible schedule.
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