Texas Certified Educator, Generalist 4th-8th grade, love teaching
Texas Certified Educator, Generalist 4th-8th grade, love teaching
Hi everybody! My name is Phillip H. and I'm a certified teacher. I have recently moved to Kerrville from Houston where I taught 7th grade Texas History and was the Team Leader for our Social Studies Department. I have also taught 6th grade Humanities in what the state considered an "Academically Unsuccessful" Middle School, which was a new subject encompassing the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) of English Language Arts and Reading as well as Social Studies blended and delivered...
Hi everybody! My name is Phillip H. and I'm a certified teacher. I have recently moved to Kerrville from Houston where I taught 7th grade Texas History and was the Team Leader for our Social Studies Department. I have also taught 6th grade Humanities in what the state considered an "Academically Unsuccessful" Middle School, which was a new subject encompassing the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) of English Language Arts and Reading as well as Social Studies blended and delivered in a 2 period long class in order to prepare the students as much as possible for the end of year STAAR Test to improve the overall scores from the year before. The real challenge of it was that there were 6 of us teaching it in the school and for 4 of us, it was our first year to teach.
We had to make all of the curriculum, every lesson, and had to engage, motivate, and hold the attention of a full class for 2 hours making English Language Arts and Reading as exciting as possible. The end result was a vast improvement in STAAR Test results, as we poured our hearts out into creating lessons that utilized references to pop culture, short Pixar videos used as models of short stories that we used to introduce different writing styles, the brainstorming and midnight texts with random ideas were endless, but what mattered most was that we were able to modify, adapt, and think on our feet to meet our students' needs. I love watching my students succeed, I love the moment they begin to see how smart they really are and how much more capable they are than they previously thought, I just love seeing them get excited about learning and a good teacher sure is a great catalyst for that change, especially one who builds a relationship, understands the student's needs and interests, understands their learning styles and teaches using a method that combines all of these factors to deliver a personal teaching style that fits exactly with the students to be as effective as possible.
I have been a professional as well as a teacher, with FedEx Ground as a Service Manager/Instructor/Safety Committee Member for several years and the last few months in Sales. So I know what the professional world needs, I know how to multi-task, I know how to be as effective and efficient as possible, and I consider myself very well rounded. But what draws me to teaching is helping kids reach their potential, believe in themselves, break any negative stereotypes and role models, and for someone with a background in history, I want to do what I can to help the world now and make it better in the future for my daughter and everyone getting closer and closer by technology.
Math is logical, especially algebra I. The trick to great teaching is making the material relatable to the student and algebra I practically invites that. Algebra I is all about taking a number, a fraction, a decimal and a squared or square rooted number and figuring out its true value and knowing its place among its peers. The simplest way to become an outstanding Algebra 1 tutor is by first using manipulatives, real objects that we can move around with our hands as well as number lines (similar look to timelines) then write down our findings. Once the manipulatives become second nature we move on to trying to write down our answers as much as possible without using anything.
An outstanding Reading tutor needs to jump over the first hurdle with the student of..."this is boring!"... So, first thing's first, make the material engaging. When I taught English Language Arts and Reading I would make a lesson plan that first began with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) that we were covering, then the objective of we wanted to be able to do or know by the end of the lesson, further narrowing down is how we are going to do it. How is a student going to agree to spend their time with you doing work on that the State mandatated??? Making it fun! Some of my favorite lessons began with a 3-4 minute short Pixar film, we watched it, then turn the lights on and discussed it, and I would draw them closer toward what we were doing with Directed Questioning until we were at the perfect starting off point that I had planned on. Next, I had prepared a reading, short story or poem, whichever was necessary, that had a similar pace to the video, but was engaging, for example, 6 different cultures' versions of Cinderella, and after reading, on the board, we would go over the same type of questions as we did for the video and directed it back to our objective for the day, I modeled how answers should look as we did it together on their papers, then the last part of the class I would pass out the last reading, or I would let them choose at a table, and they would do independent work utilizing the skills and modeling that we had done previously.
What makes me an outstanding Common Core tutor is first and foremost, I am a very well rounded person. I've worked in the Transportation and Logistics field, Sales, went to Military School in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A & M, and even was a ranch hand when I was in Graduate School, we had to remember and use math equations from high school while welding and building a barn just the foreman and I! What I am getting at is, I love to learn about anything and everything. Science is awe inspiring, math makes it happen, history is as exciting as the teacher makes it and when I teach it, it is like a Thriller of a story leaving the kids wanting to know more about it, geography tells where it happens, and last but now least, Reading and Language Arts are the keystone of what our culture as people on this planet is built on. The orations and writings of ancient cultures fired up the Renaissance and Enlightenment. It is all fascinating and deserves its own attention and praise.
Kids have so much potential, and they have such a unique perception on the world. Not only that, but they have no idea of what their mind's are capable of and the future that they can create for themselves. That is why I love teaching, and with elementary students I feel like the fork in the road to be excited about learning and toward the future could begin to be travelled down earlier. They are not as set in their ways and are typically more coachable. When it comes to science specifically, this can be quite a spark to ignite! A great teacher will almost show science off at first to "wow" the student, get them interested and engaged, then skillfully move through a fluid lesson plan. Science is life and this can be taught in a really cool way.
Let me know if you have any questions, if you want to know any more information about me and my experience or with your specific needs and how I could help in the best way possible. I like to use technology, usually more for individual practice or homework, using websites with games and/or practice as well as assessments and lesson plans that I have created. For math and science would like to have lessons and activities that included manipulatives, like for experiments or just to help us with math. I like to get to know my students interests and especially their unique learning styles. Everyone learns differently, we will find out what works best, focus on that, then knock it out of the park!
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