My first tutoring student has come and gone and it was an exhilarating experience! We had such a good time and ended up laughing so hard it hurt! At the end of the session, my student earned a sticker and she was excited to add it to her collection on her bed. I know she will look forward to returning.
I know I'm a good teacher. I'm not bragging, just stating a fact. Kids like me because they sense how much I like them. I make the learning fun fun fun because I instinctively know that if it isn't, nothing can be learned.
For example, this student needs to improve on the speed of her arithmetical computations. So after going through some simple addition flashcards as review, I brought out a giant deck of cards. We made up a game whereby I dealt out all the cards so we each had half. I said, "Ready. Set. Go!" and we each put down a card on the table. She had three seconds to get the addition correct or else I won the pair. Whenever she didn't get it right, we went over the equation so that she'd remember it the next time it came up. She beat me in the first game. She beat me in the second game and did it by winning even more pairs. She was having so much fun that she didn't even realise that she was learning. We laughed so hard our faces hurt.
I told her that next time we'd play the game by doing subtraction. After that we'll move on to multiplication and then division. What she doesn't know - yet - is that after we've gone through the game a few times, her allowable time is going to go down to two seconds, and then one second, and then we'll play as though we're equals. Kids love competition. And they love to beat the teacher!
I am passionate about teaching. And my goal is to see my students passionate about learning.