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Martin Luther College (Elementary Education)
American InterContinental University (MEd)
I believe that all people have the ability to learn, but the manner in which they learn differs from one to the next. As an educator it is my responsibility not to simply teach, but to facilitate learning based on the needs of the individual I am assisting. I have a strong belief in the Montessori methodology of learning in which the student has the best grasp on how to learn and that interactive learning, i.e. role playing, manipulation of objects, cross-teaching, and peer tutoring have a greater impact on an individual's ability to learn and retain information than simply spewing information and expecting the student to retain it. When the learner sees something put into practice or incorporates concepts in multiple areas then they gain a better understanding of why what they have learned has value. Once value is seen in learning then the appreciation and enjoyment of learning grows.
My experience in learning and development spans from K-12 classrooms to adult learners in both classroom and jobsite settings. I have served as a substitute teacher and football coach in rural schools, tutored students in public and private schools, worked as a Para-educator for students with mental/emotional/behavioral deficiencies, worked as a classroom facilitator and instructor for injured construction workers, and provided jobsite safety training for several construction companies. In each of these settings there were obstacles that were not present in the others and the style of learning varied as well. It required flexibility and adjustment to adapt the means of instruction to each situation. I believe that all people have the ability to learn, but the manner in which they learn differs from one to the next. As an educator it is my responsibility not to simply teach, but to facilitate learning based on the needs of the individual I am assisting. I have a strong belief in the Montessori methodology of learning in which the student has
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My Bachelor's degree was obtained through a private Lutheran teachers college, which required considerable biblical study.
My Bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education. I have done considerable substituting for these grade levels. My student teaching was for grades 5 and 6.
I am an avid football fan and study the formations and schemes used, primarily from a defensive standpoint.
I coached football for three years on the defensive side of the ball, but the offensive coach and I would crossover at times for the opposite perspective.
Additionally, there were many times when he would work with the receivers and defensive backs and I would work with all of the running backs and line backers or all of the linemen and cover the techniques that would benefit them against the other.
This taught them ways to gain an advantage on opponents and what to be aware of in order to put their counterparts at a disadvantage.
For 6 years I worked as a classroom facilitator for a private organization in which the participants primarily worked on independent assignments. While in this position I would employ various methods of study techniques in order to foster learning retention. Some of the methods used included trivia, practical application, associative recognition, and peer instruction.