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Baker College of Flint (Psychology)
Fitchburg State University (MEd)
It is my hope that I am able to become a part of your education in a way that will allow you to gain independence and confident in your own success. I believe in a learning environment that emphasizes independence in one's own success where the student is able to achieve their goals through their own hard work with assistance in getting there! Throughout my education and experiences in the public school setting, I have worked hard to devote myself to a philosophy that is my own. Taking into consideration all of the things I have learned and putting them to practical use within the classroom setting, I have developed a philosophy that reflects flexibility, consistency, fairness, positive communication, and a sense of community through relationship-building. I strive to develop a rapport with both my students and their families that allows them to see me as an available and approachable teacher. Knowing my students and building on their needs and interests are a must in my approach and I make every conscious effort to remain empathetic to their needs and their struggles to help them overcome them, to take risks and make choices, and to succeed to their highest potential internally.
I have recently been teaching as an assistant for the last 3 years in preK and Kindergarten classrooms in a public school. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in grade levels 1 through 3 as well. Prior to that, I was working as a teacher of students with various disabilities in a residential school. Recently, I have done private tutoring for a young girl aged 9 years who was 7 when I started with her. There, tutoring was provided 2 hours a night for 5 days across 2 school years. Tutoring was provided in all subjects with an emphasis on reading and math skills. I have also provided tutoring for my niece aged 6 in reading and comprehension over the last school year. I do not have specific tutoring experience otherwise. However, I have a great deal of experience teaching children in a variety of settings and across grade levels. I have taught in grades PreK to 3 mostly so that is where I feel most confident in my tutoring skills. I have also taught older children up to age 19 with various severe disabilities in a residential school setting. I currently hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology where I have also taken a number of pre-requisite courses in Math and English. I am also currently working on my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I will be graduating with this degree in December of this year, 2014. I currently hold 30 credits in Early Childhood Education.
Throughout my classroom experience, I have created various lessons in all subject areas that make learning fun. I use my students interests to motivate learning as well. In many tutoring lessons, a large amount of information can be crammed into a short amount of time. I do not feel as though this is an approach that works long-term. If information is not presented in a way that is meaningful and interesting to the student, it is likely it will not be retained. I believe in taking the time that a child needs to learn a skill while emphasizing interests and connections to prior knowledge. If a student can learn to relate a story to a real-life situation that perhaps may have happened to them, they will have a greater chance at comprehension. I also encourage my students to find their own answers. If a student has a question about the meaning of a word, it is my philosophy to encourage them to venture out and find that answer through the use of a thesaurus or dictionary. As I teach, my students learn in a way that allows them to take complete responsibility for their successes. I am simply a guide to get them there!
I have worked hard over the years to develop a strong relationship with all of my students. I believe that internal success is much greater than any external reward when it comes to learning. Motivation plays a huge role in achievement and I always make it a goal to make learning fun and centered around the interests of each student I have individually. It is my goal that I can do that for you or your child as well! Dear students,
It is my hope that I am able to become a part of your education in a way that will allow you to gain independence and confident in your own success. I believe in a learning environment that emphasizes independence in one's own success where the student is able to achieve their goals through their own hard work with
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