What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the best learning opportunities are the ones that the students come up with themselves. For instance, in one kindergarten class, my students had trouble with punctuation. I observed that one student, Daniel, suddenly got excited about apostrophes. I fueled her passion with a big book on punctuation. His enthusiasm was contagious, and soon the entire class was asking bright and animated questions. Whenever possible, I try to deliver structured lessons in an unstructured way like this. Also I try to be close to my students, be their friend in lunch breaks but at the same time let them respect me as an educator in class. Students feel that I love them even if I am being strict if needed. And adult students feel my deep respect for their progress and my great devotion to them and our classes.
How do I know about my progress and results? How do you evaluate your students?
I evaluate students with formal and informal methods, including quizzes and tests. I also grade in-class activities like reports, recitations, desk work, and group activities. For example: One of my students, Mila, showed a strong grasp of concepts during in-class activities, but performed poorly during testing. Through working closely with her, I discovered an undiagnosed vision problem. Mila got corrective lenses and her test scores rose to match her in-class comprehension. That is why I am convinced it is important to use different evaluating methods in classroom as well a standardized system to show students results in real time. I use my unique “Triangle evaluation System” which you can read and watch about in a BLOG section. I use this system for children aged 5-12.