My Approach to Tutoring
I believe in building relationships, gathering simple information, and using simple processes to help a student succeed.
Every student, every family, and every situation is different. I would like to start any tutoring relationship by getting to know a student and his/her family. A student's interests and passions can often be incorporated into any subject that is taught, while family members can be contributors in helping a student towards success. I also believe that everyone learns in different ways. Some of us learn through the written or spoken word, while others need movement, sound, or visuals to absorb subject matter. Lastly, I would like to establish a good relationship with a student's teacher. If everyone is communicating around how to help a student succeed, then everybody can have clarity about how to move forward.
While I establish good relationships, I would gather as much information as I could about each student’s situation. I would first diagnose a student's strengths and areas for improvement. Strengths and skills can be used to build confidence and to build a belief that progress is possible. Then, it's much easier to start working on areas that need improvement. I would check in and work with teachers and family members regularly to make sure I'm up to date on what needs to be accomplished.
My Tutor Profile
Elementary Math, Elementary Reading, Elementary Writing, Elementary Science and Social Studies
Drexel University - Master of Education, Elementary Education Certification
Penn State University - Bachelor of Science, Human Development & Family Studies, Minor in Sociology
Summary of my Experience
* 10 years of experience teaching in a 3rd grade classroom, in addition to teaching and/or working with other age groups (ages 6-17, adults)
* Proficient in many elementary-level curricula (Everyday Math, GoMath!, Columbia Teachers' College Reading and Writing Workshop, Words Their Way, Responsive Classroom)
* As a teacher, authored or co-authored many units of curriculum (grammar, science, social studies)
* Regularly used assessments to help students achieve learning goals; individualized instruction to help students reach goals