I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching and enjoy reading the latest educational journals to see what best practices are recommended. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Towson University and I tutor grades K-12.
I always start by assessing students to see where they are struggling. Each session starts with a review to ensure that the previous concepts have been well-understood. I then have students complete a task for me while explaining aloud what they are doing. This usually helps me to pinpoint where they are having difficulty. I use various methods to help students understand and practice the skills they need help with. Building in activities that students will have success with is always part of my strategy as well, along with a lot of positive feedback and encouragement.
I worked with a 5th grade student with ADHD and Executive Functioning difficulties for the last three years. I helped him to slow down and check his work, gave him strategies for remaining attentive in class, gave him guidance in note-taking and studying, and tutored him daily in both math and reading. He showed tremendous growth and progress. By the time he finished 7th grade, he was carefully filing each important paper and could easily find anything you asked him for (which was truly remarkable based on where he started). He was earning mostly A’s and had mastered important study skills and memory techniques as well. Most of all, his self-esteem and confidence grew tremendously. I am so proud of him. His mother keeps in touch with me to share how he is doing now. I know he will do great things with his life.
Reading, walking/hiking, writing, singing/music, cooking, going to art museums