I never could arbitrarily follow the rules, or teach in a way that didn't work just because I was supposed to. My very first experience teaching showed me that traditional teaching simply did not reach students in a real, lasting way. Another teacher introduced me to Design Based Learning (DBL), invented by Doreen Nelson (some other styles called Design Based Learning are out there, but this is the one I use). I learned to use design techniques to reach into students' minds and draw out deeper thinking, while teaching the subject matter assigned. I eventually earned my MA in this style of teaching.
When my daughters began attending a Waldorf school part time, I learned about Waldorf style education. Waldorf theory, simplified, says the whole child needs to be educated: head, heart, and hands. Therefore, along with regular subject matter, Waldorf students are taught handwork (crocheting, sewing, knitting, woodworking, etc), drawing, painting, dance, recorder, strings, and foreign language, plus probably a few things I forgot.
These experiences inform my teaching and tutoring, so that I teach every student in a unique, tailored way. I have many resources at my disposal and the ability to invent new ways to help students who experience difficulty.
I have been teaching and tutoring for 18 years, most recently homeschooling my girls and teaching subject classes at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland. My past includes public school and private school teaching, homeschool co-op teaching, and teaching teachers at The Art Center in Pasadena's Summer Institute for Teachers, as well as tutoring in small groups and one on one.
Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability
Elementary, Junior High School, High School
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Long Term or Open-Ended Tutoring Commitments.
$25.00 to $35.00
This tutor offers a sliding scale for students with economic hardships.
Time Spent Tutoring:
Elementary education, curriculum design and creativity