Smith College (Education Child Study)
Massachusettes Teaching Degree 1-6 (Other)
About My Teaching Philosophy:
As a certified teacher, I have always believed that children learn best by putting the theory to practice, a.k.a. Empirical Exploration. Children, as do some of us adults, have a hard time grasping concepts based on theory. When they’re able to apply an idea using a tangible and concrete approach, they can manipulate it and make it their own. It also becomes personal and likely to happen; they understand why they should know the information at hand. Thus, exploration begins. They start discovering methods and avenues in which to arrive at the solution, or solutions to any given problem.
Learning using the performing arts has always been a personally passionate conviction and was a fierce drive in my studies while in college. Again and again I found strong evidence that when children use their bodies to learn (kinesthetic learning) it helped them capture and strengthen concepts. The multiple studies’ focus groups varied using children from pre-kindergarten through adolescence. Examples of this are the numerous studies that confirmed that children learn the alphabet faster (while having fun when they are able to use their bodies to form the shape of each letter. Another example, and there are many, are the raving reviews to Reader’s Theater for improving reading fluency and comprehension. As I said before, anytime children use their entire body to learn, not only does leaning occur, it makes learning easy, fun and interactive.
Finally, I want to stress the importance of the added benefit to learning while performing: Presentation Skills. We all know that as we become adults much of our existence derives from our ability to communicate effectively. In order to do so, we must be able to present our point capably and with self-assurance. Many of us hated Speech class while in college, but I believe that was because we weren’t used to presenting (talking to a group). If you remember, the class got easier as the year progressed. I believe that was because we got used to “presenting.” The goal I have for my students: Give them a safe place to learn and develop their presentation skills. What I mean by a “safe place” is that no one will ever ridicule or belittle my students; we all deserve to be heard and have a respectful audience. My job is to listen/observe and give constructive feedback so he/she can improve.
I have been a tutor for 11 years and taught elementary and middle school level in the state of Massachusetts and in California. Although I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, I will also not bill for a lesson that the student and the parent are not 100% happy with. Additionally, our first meeting will be introductory and therefore there will be no charge. I invite you to contact me with questions and/or comments. Teaching has always been a passionate calling for me; I look forward to discussing your child’s needs with you. About My Teaching Philosophy:
As a certified teacher, I have always believed that children learn best by putting the theory to practice, a.k.a. Empirical Exploration. Children, as do some of us adults, have a hard time grasping concepts based on theory. When they’re able to apply an idea using a tangible and concrete approach, they can
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I have taken art courses throughout my college career. Drawing I and Drawing II, Elements of Design, Beginning Watercolor. Last, when becoming a certified K-6 teacher, Teaching Art to Children. Drawing has always been my passion. My framed sketches hang on my walls. I also have an art portfolio of my work to present should someone like to see it.
I have a Massachusetts k-6 teaching certification. Additionally, I was a 6th grade teacher for the Mount Diable USD at Oak Grove Middle School in Concord. Last, I've tutored elementary level students for 11 years.
Certified k-6. Specialized in Reading, Writing and Math.
Taught Spanish & Latin-American Cultural Crafts at Athenian School
Tutored Spanish to students (ages 9-25) throughout 11 years