Sacred HEart University (Psychology)
Sacred HEart University (Master's)
I have been an elementary school teacher for eleven years. Throughout that time I have tutored several students one-on-one, or in small groups. It's always a rewarding experience when students begin to improve while working with me, and when I see the improvement in school. Tutoring is also rewarding because I get to focus specifically on one concept and tailor my instruction to one student.
One of the most rewarding, yet challenging experiences I had was working with a company called On Location Education. This company placed me on a movie set to tutor a young actress when she was not required on the set for filming. Since it was during the school year, I was required to work with her for at least three hours per day. That presented a challenge due to the fact that she was constantly being shuffled off to costume fittings, make-up, and scene set ups. I had to work closely with the production staff to make sure I worked with her for uninterrupted blocks of at least forty minutes. She was a joy to work with and such a great sport!
My school district adopted the Math in Focus math program four years ago. Within this program we teach students first with the concrete so that they can actually manipulate the math tools and solidify the concepts. We then move to the pictorial. Once a student has grasped the concrete and the pictorial, only then do we move to the abstract algorithm. We also give students the opportunity to use the skills they have to figure out the higher level problems.
For decoding, I work with phonics to break down word patterns so that students can attack a word one syllable at a time. I would incorporate the Words their Way spelling program to help assist with this. Reading is really the foundation for any vocabulary study and plays an important role in comprehension. For fiction comprehension there is a specific order I follow for comprehension. First students must understand plot and setting, next character, then vocabulary, ending with theme. For non fiction I start with main idea, then key details, vocabulary and finally using that knowledge and applying it to other non fiction they have read.
I use the Words their Way spelling program so that students can understand patterns within one syllable words as well as multi syllable words. Spelling also gives the opportunity to work on vocabulary and parts of speech.
Since all students work differently, figuring out study skills is very important. Some students can sit for long periods of time while others need breaks. Some students need sensory breaks, so working closely with them will help me determine what they need the most in order to absorb the information they need to hang onto.
The most important part of tutoring is having a good relationship. It's so rewarding if both the tutor and the student can learn from each other. I learn from my students every year, and through the years, I've fine tuned my instruction. Plus, it's important to have FUN! I have been an elementary school teacher for eleven years. Throughout that time I have tutored several students one-on-one, or in small groups. It's always a rewarding experience when students begin to improve while working with me, and when I see the improvement in school. Tutoring is also rewarding because I get to focus specifically on one
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