Tami Warren [tami1108]
What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
I manage a program in California that targets students who are below basic in Math and Reading. Students are elementary and middle school levels.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you work?
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
I have always been involved in working with children. I lead childrens church for 15+ years. I have wanted to be a teacher since middle school. I love being a part of shaping young minds for the future.
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My 5th Grade teacher. She taught with such passion. She was truly concerned about her students learning.
What is your educational philosophy?
My educational philosophy focuses on building rapport with my students and their families. Today students are coming from all different backgrounds and sometimes all they need is someone they can trust and who listens. It is important to make connections with the students and their caregivers. I want to have an environment where my students can succeed. I want to include the entire family in the process of learning the importance of an education. I want students to understand and beleive they can do anything they set their minds to.
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
For me the most challenging part is engaging the parents or caregivers. Today's families are so withdrawn from one another for various reasons. Helping to build communication and work with families. Working as a team.
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
I have an excellant rapport with my students. Identifying their individual needs and helping each of them where they are at.
What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
I try to make learning fun. Making the lessons come to life in ways the students can identify and relate to.
What is your philosophy on homework and grading?
Students should be given a limited amount of homework to review what is being taught in the classroom. The material should not include new items only what they have already been taught.
Is it possible to teach creativity? how?
Each person is creative in their own way. You can't teach creativity.
How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
The rules and guidelines should be established the very first day!
It is important that students recognize and understand what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. I try to create a positive environment and work with the students as a team.
How do you individualize your teaching? How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
The programs I oversee are different than the regular classroom setting. We group our students together in small groups based on assessments. Group sizes are generally small.
What cooperative learning means to you. How have you used it?
Our teaching is in small groups. We encourage the students to work together and help one another if someone is struggling.
What do you expect from your supervisor? What qualities would you like to have in your principal?
I am the Program Manager for our programs. I work closely with my teachers, when I am not teaching myself. We work together. If issues arise we work on the solutions. We are a team and everything we do is for the students.
What issues in education are of greatest concern to you?
It's hard to address since I am not in the classroom setting. I see issues with standardized testing and classroom sizes being so large.
Would it be a good thing if teachers had economic incentives based on student performance?
It should be about our love for teaching students! I do what I do because I love it!
Besides more financial resources, what do today's schools lack?
Classroom sizes are too large. More arts programs in the schools.
What are some ways you have incorporated technology into the classroom.
We have a complete Online Program with live tutors, or software for students to work at their own pace.
In light of new technologies, do we need to reinvent the school, its methods and objectives?
Yes. Change with the times.
If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
No budget issues :)
What do you think schools will be like in 20 years?
The way things are going everything will be based around technology.
What are your professional goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
The company I work for is constantly coming out with new programs. I am looking to grow the areas I oversee.
What qualities would you need to see in someone before advising him/her to go into teaching?
Most important quality is to love children.