Drury University (Elementary Education)
I have loved teaching since I was a young child playing with my dolls and stuffed animals. I home schooled my three daughters for eight years. They were all very successful. All three entered high school at least a year ahead of grade level.
I went to college once my daughters were all in school. During that time, I taught in schools as a substitute and a tutor.Though I thoroughly enjoyed teaching an entire classroom of students, tutoring has given me the most gratification. Working one on one with students allows me to design and implement lessons that are personalized for the individual student. In addition, tutoring individual students eliminates many of the interruptions that regularly occur in a classroom of students. Finally, communication with students is greatly facilitated while tutoring. Being able to give a student my undivided attention allows me to watch body language as a child responds during instruction, build a close trust with a student, and get to know the student's interests.
I am an outstanding Math tutor because I am able to use a child's mode of learning in order to show different ways to solve a problem. I use manipulatives whenever they would be an asset to a lesson.
All learning is done by building on what you already know. No matter what the final goal of learning is, learning has to start where the student is at the time. In addition, I am very young at heart. Students are more open to learning if they feel like the tutor relates genuinely to them at their age and maturity level. My first priority with students is to build a rapport with students by finding out their interests and how they feel about the subject matter in which they are struggling.
I have taught many children to read, including my youngest daughter. Phonics lessons easily come out of our natural surroundings so that the student can have examples of how the sounds are connected to everyday objects and situations. In addition, I use manipulatives whenever they can be applied in a lesson.
I love spending time with children. It is a treasure to me to watch the "light bulb" turn on when a struggle turns into a success of understanding. I am very patient, laugh often, and talk softly. I am flexible and use a lot of diversity in my tutoring so the learning is structured around an individual student. I have loved teaching since I was a young child playing with my dolls and stuffed animals. I home schooled my three daughters for eight years. They were all very successful. All three entered high school at least a year ahead of grade level.
I went to college once my daughters were all in school. During that time, I taught in schools
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I have taught elementary students for over 20 years. I have a special talent for making them feel comfortable with me quickly because I make it clear immediately that their needs and interests are priority one with me. In addition, I strive to make learning fun and meaningful to each individual student.
How I instruct is based on where each individual student is with the subject matter in which he or she is struggling. We will make a plan together with specific attainable goals (steps), and I will present this to the student's parents. I closely monitor progress, make adjustments in the goals, and report this to the parents after each session.
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I have taught many levels of reading. Initially, I find my student's reading level, strengths in reading, and areas where improvement is needed. My methods are a combination of understanding the organization of the text, underlining parts of the text that point to main ideas and supporting details, and eliminating wrong answers from the question set. Specific goals are set for the student, and progress is tracked. Goals are adjusted according to progress.
I home schooled my three daughters for eight years. I closely monitored their progress, and planned my teaching to their specific needs. All three of my girls went into high school at least one year ahead of grade level.