I hold an M.Ed., am a certified teacher in Texas, and have taught in the classroom, grades K-4, for six years. Although I have enjoyed the past six years in the classroom, I currently want to focus on private tutoring because I have seen how powerful learning can be in a one-on-one environment. As a classroom teacher, when a student needed additional help with a concept or skill, I would often work with the student outside of school hours because such effective learning would take place outside of the classroom. I experienced students learning more quickly and more in depth in this type of setting. Not only are classroom distractions gone, but I am able to select the best teaching methods for the particular student and build on his/her unique background knowledge of the subject matter.
When learning in a private environment, a good rapport between the tutor and student is paramount. I place a lot importance on building a solid relationship with each student. Through patience and care, I get to know my students well, allowing me to make the material relevant to each student's life; without a connection to the material, it's extremely difficult to learn. Also, knowing a student well is how I can find out how he/she learns best. Thus, I can tailor each lesson to fit a particular student's needs. I enjoy being able to use different strategies and methods that I know will benefit each student best.
As a teacher, I have always given my best, committing to each and every student. I want my students to know that they are capable of learning anything if they are simply shown how to learn it. The confidence that a student feels when he/she learns a new concept or masters a new skill is amazing. This confidence makes a huge difference in the student's life, as it is highly motivating and leads to the student wanting to learn more. I have seen students flourish after gaining confidence in themselves as a learner. It is very powerful and rewarding. It is also why I teach.
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