After undergraduate studies in a wide range of academic subjects and a graduate studies in teaching and learning, I began my career with gifted children. I taught students from first grade through 12th. Topics included astronomy, human body, some basic French vocabulary, creative thinking, world literature, logical thinking and writing. I taught second-graders constellations and discussed "War and Peace" with high school students.
After receiving my doctorate, I taught pre-service...
After undergraduate studies in a wide range of academic subjects and a graduate studies in teaching and learning, I began my career with gifted children. I taught students from first grade through 12th. Topics included astronomy, human body, some basic French vocabulary, creative thinking, world literature, logical thinking and writing. I taught second-graders constellations and discussed "War and Peace" with high school students.
After receiving my doctorate, I taught pre-service teachers and graduate students. An elementary teacher who was working on her master's degree told me that she'd dreaded teaching science because it was 'so boring" until she took my Science Methods course. Now she loved teaching it and her students loved it, too. Primarily, though, I taught cognition(how people learn, pedagogical content knowledge (how to arrange content so that students understand and remember), and assessment (how to ask questions to ensure that students have learned). I even taught math-insecure elementary teachers in a graduate statistics course.
Common Core does not faze me. My elementary school used the same mathematics approach. I am confident helping students develop the conceptual understanding AND master arithmetic facts. I can analyze the cause of a student's mistakes and work directly on that issue. I learned about the writing for learning emphasis from an educational consortium with a Gates Foundation grant to train teachers in set of techniques for accomplishing Common Core's writing, social studies and science goals.
I have worked with preschoolers on reading; K-12 students, in mathematics, study skills, and SAT/ACT preparation; and college students in statistics. While we usually work on homework and class topics, I have found that addressing gaps from past years lets students make dramatic improvements.
Generally, I begin with the student's goals for the tutoring experience. With parental and/or student consent, I will communicate directly with the teacher. With my experience, I can interpret test results, which are often quite helpful. The teacher and I sometimes offer each other beneficial insights. Tutoring sessions are usually once or twice a week. I can provide activities for students (and parents, if applicable) to do between sessions.