I believe every student has the ability to learn math with the right support, and I enjoy finding new ways to be the support system they need. I have a master's degree in elementary education from Missouri State University and I tutor grades 3-College.
I like to talk to my students, hear what they are thinking, and listen for them to verbalize their understanding. I ask my students lots of questions while tutoring; simpler questions to get them thinking and more challenging questions to take their understanding further. I believe in worked examples and having something for the students to refer back to when working on their own. I also believe in creating an environment where the student is not afraid to make a mistake, where they see mistakes as an opportunity for learning rather than the end of learning.
I had an advanced 6th grader who was working on graphing linear functions from a table of values. He noticed all of our graphs were crossing through the origin when they had just an x term in them but when the equation had a number after the x term the graph would move away from the origin. We found more examples of this to look at and see if we could identify a pattern. Sure enough, he noticed the graph would cross the y axis at whatever number was after the x term. He was so excited by this discovery he kept all the examples claiming he needed to show this to his teacher because “it will help so many other kids when they are graphing.”
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