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Dale B.

Experienced Math and Spanish Tutor

Experienced Math and Spanish Tutor

$20/hour

  • Salem, OR 97304

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My name is Dale. I graduated from Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington) in 1972 with a B.A in Education, having majored in Spanish (52 credits) and minored in Math (40 credits). I helped form and operate the university’s first residential Foreign Language House, a 50-person dorm in which we lived, ate and slept in our second languages.

After graduating, I entered the Peace Corps and taught three years of Math and Spanish in Belize, Central America. By the time I...

My name is Dale. I graduated from Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington) in 1972 with a B.A in Education, having majored in Spanish (52 credits) and minored in Math (40 credits). I helped form and operate the university’s first residential Foreign Language House, a 50-person dorm in which we lived, ate and slept in our second languages.

After graduating, I entered the Peace Corps and taught three years of Math and Spanish in Belize, Central America. By the time I returned to the US to teach Math and Spanish in Forks, Washington, I had been able to travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico (three trips), and throughout Central America. By 1979, I had completed a Fifth Year Teacher Education Program at WWU and moved to Oregon, where I have taught Business, Computers Math, Spanish, ELL, GED, Social Studies, and Telesecundaria Math and Science (in Spanish), and substituted in and around Salem for five years.

Although my full-time teaching was in grades seven through twelve, I have substituted in grades four through twelve and found it very rewarding. I currently hold an Oregon Teaching License with endorsements in Math, Spanish and ELL.
Before I ever begin tutoring with a new student, I need to know the student’s background, interests, goals, learning styles and academic history. In Math, for example, I have a Math Attitudes survey that I ask students to fill out; it helps me understand the student’s progress and challenges in Math.

To assess a Spanish student, I have a series of personal information questions I ask in Spanish to see how well he or she responds. I prefer to assess the student’s academic background prior to beginning tutoring and at no charge to the student. I am willing to confer with the student’s public or private school teacher to accommodate the student’s needs, again at no charge to the student.

Outside of tutoring sessions, I make myself available to the tutored student via phone and email for quick questions.
My philosophy of teaching is that students learn by doing. I can talk all I want, the student can listen a lot, but the real proof that a student has learned something is by doing it correctly and independently. I am fully aware of different learning styles and tailor my instruction to the student’s way or ways of learning. I am very encouraging and positive: if the problem says “How much is 2 + 5?” and the student responds “8”, I never say that the answer is wrong – I say that 8 is correct for a different problem, namely 3 + 5. I also know what types of errors students usually make and streamline my teaching approach so as to avoid those errors from happening.

My teaching experience has given me the ability to simplify Math (and Spanish) and to relate those subjects to the real world and the student’s life. For example, when students say that they don’t how to figure out 5 – (-3), I teach them to think about “taking away” negative things in their lives: they already know that they would be “more positive” and can easily connect that to the answer of 8 (start at 5, take away 3 negatives, raises you to 8!).

One Calculus student in a class I subbed for recently turned to a fellow student and asked the latter for help on a problem. The helper told her to just “FOIL” that part of the problem. FOIL is an Algebra I concept that the student seeking help had failed to learn four years before. In less than 15 seconds, I showed her a way to get around it by relating it to something she already knew and she was off and doing the equivalent of FOIL on her own and with confidence.

Unless otherwise specified by the student’s goals, I teach Spanish as an oral language with less emphasis on reading and/or writing. I model the answer and then ask the student the question that would precede the answer, similar to saying in English: “My name is Dale. What is your name?” Then the student has the model to use, by responding “My name is …”. Lots of repetition is especially needed in learning a second language, so I develop a series of questions and answers by adding one new to those learned previously. Soon, the student is able to communicate the answers to “What is your name?”, “Where do you live?” “How old are you?” “Do you speak Spanish?”, “What do you like to do?”, “What is your favorite food?”, etc.

I hope this helps you understand my philosophy of teaching, my educational experience and my willingness to help you in Spanish or Math. You have already taken the biggest and scariest step – that of realizing that you need some help learning something!! Let me know if you would like to begin the no-cost preliminaries to tutoring (school contact and/or learning styles and subject assessments).


Education

Western Washington U
Spanish, Math
Western Washington U
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ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Microsoft Word, Spanish

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ESL/ESOL

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Algebra 1, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Spanish

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Algebra 1, Prealgebra

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Algebra 1, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Spanish

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Algebra 1, ESL/ESOL, Spanish

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Dale B.

$20/hour

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