As a mother of two young adults, I have spent many, many hours reviewing homework, helping with assignments, and encouraging young learners.
As a professional, I have been a substitute teacher, and an infant/toddler teacher as well. I have taught baby sign language to infants as old as six months old (yes, they understand at that young age!) as well as the core concepts taught in our school systems today.
I believe that each student has their own way of learning, at their own pace. I encourage them and teach in a way that will help them to develop a lifelong love of learning.
I would love the opportunity to work with your child to achieve the goals you both have set. Thank you.
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When working with a new student, no matter the age, it's important to listen. Only by listening can I learn the best way to engage with and teach the student in a way that makes learning easier for him/her. Once we have developed a mututal agreement in what the learning plan is, we can proceed together to reach his/her educational goals.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Career Writing/English with a minor in Psychology. I have also raised two young adults who are kind, smart, and successful. My experience includes working as a substitute teacher in the preschool/elementary curriculum as well as an infant/toddler teacher in classrooms with children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
My initial experience with teaching came from working with my own two children. When helping with homework, I learned to spot where the excelled, as well as where they struggled. Once I figured out their individual academic needs, I honed in on working to meet those needs.
I've worked with students who are motivated to learn, as well as those who are painfully shy and unable to contribute to the classroom in the "normal" way. I've worked with infants who learned basic sign language to indicate when they are hungry, thirsty, tired, etc.
I work with some kids who are self sufficient in their learning, who prefer to do it themselves. On the other hand, I work with children who need some extra support and comfort in order to proceed with learning.
Each child is different, and each child deserves whatever it is they need to achieve self confidence in learning.
It always makes me happy when a child runs up to me in the classroom and yells "Miss Gayle, Miss Gayle". The smiles they give make my day!
In my area of expertise, it would be the parent looking to hire a teacher. I would say that it's important to find someone who will cater their teaching plan to the way your child learns. Forcing every child to learn things the same way is a great disservice to those who learn a bit differently.
Again, parents should talk to the potential teachers about their children; what they need, their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning. Also, with online tutoring, parents should always be sure that a teacher is okay with the parent "popping in" to a lesson at any time, without notice. A teacher who does not agree with that is not someone I would want tutoring my child.