Saint Xavier University (Sec Ed--English)
One of my former teachers gave me some advice while I was still in college, pursuing a career as a high school English teacher. He told me to always remember to "meet the students where they are." It sounded like an important enough teaching philosophy to wrap my head around and seemed almost beautiful in its simplicity. Little did I know the what such a philosophy requires for a dedicated professional in education. In my years since graduating and starting my profession, meeting the students where they are has been invaluable to my development.
More specifically, I thought that phrase meant that I should gauge what students know and build my teaching from that. On the surface, that is the logical, literal translation. And to be clear, activating prior knowledge and pretesting before setting learning goals is necessary. However, "meeting the students where they are" really means that an educator has to make learning meaningful. Whether it is reading a novel, writing an essay or story, or even preparing for a test, a student must see value in the education. It has been my goal as a professional for my students to see learning as an opportunity, not merely a task to earn rewards or avoid punishments.
Changing a student's mindset is not always easy to do. In my experience, the times in which I meet with students one-on-one in class or out of class has been most meaningful for them as well as myself. It is in those conferences or tutoring sessions that students tend to see how the skills their teachers have been trying to impart begin to make sense to their writing or their education. People have a natural desire to learn; tutoring/individualized learning is the most effective way to nurture that desire.
If you need assistance with your reading, writing, ACT, or grammatical skills, please consider contacting me further. I am a highly qualified high school English teacher, certified in grades 6-12. I promise to work hard to help you learn and "meet students where they are." One of my former teachers gave me some advice while I was still in college, pursuing a career as a high school English teacher. He told me to always remember to "meet the students where they are." It sounded like an important enough teaching philosophy to wrap my head around and seemed almost beautiful in its simplicity. Little did I know the what
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