My Core Belief:
Learning things does not have to be boring, or mundane. I realize that each person has their own way of learning, and not only will I meet my students where they are, but during the first session, I will provide an assessment that will include the following information based on the individual needs of my students:
-What type of learner they are.
-Things they can do in the future or at home to help them progress the best as they learn.
-(If applicable) Things the family members of my students can do to help.
-Where they stand with regards to the subject they are learning.
The assessment will also give me information about:
-The type of lessons I need to prepare to teach (my lessons are tailored to each of my students to help them understand best)
-Where the best place would be to start teaching so the maximum interest is gained from my students.
I understand what it's like to have such a tough time learning a language, or anything else for that matter, because I was there. I started Spanish classes in 5th grade and continued my classes all through high school. My only problem was that the method of the teachers at my school didn't work for me. They had a set curriculum that they had to teach to all the students, which left little to no room for individual acknowledgement, and ultimately, I hated having to go to Spanish class for that reason. I wasn't making progress. But during my sophomore year in high school, I met a friend who was a Latino, and he taught me that speaking Spanish is actually AWESOME! So as he tutored me, I went from struggling to say "Hola" because I was so timid to being able to have full on conversations by the end of my sophomore year. And all because he didn't start by teaching me Spanish. He started by teaching me why Spanish is so awesome at the same time, and at the same time, he was working me into the Latino culture through language. Because I loved it so much, I wanted to help others with the same things I needed help on.
This is the reason I want to help others so much. I know what it's like to be in situations where people are explaining every bit of the material down to the simplest form they think is possible when in reality, you don't need it to be simple... You need it to be explained in a way that you can understand.
I've been speaking Spanish fluently for almost 10 years now, and have had the opportunity to be semi-immersed in the Latino culture for 2 years. This was a church mission service where I taught Latinos English, Americans Spanish, and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Spanish.
(Please note that I will not bring religion into my teaching method unless I am specifically asked to do so.)
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