Hi, I'm Taty!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a Tutor to both, schooled kids and homeschoolers, a web developer and outreach coordinator and a homeschooler myself. In previous lives a volunteer coordinator and filmmaker with a background in sciences. I am also one of the Ethics for Children teacher at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. I have created the playgroup a few years ago to find playpals for my daughter. It has grown to being a welcoming community to those who have just arrived in NYC, those looking for connection with other parents and kids or just for the occasional playdates.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? Being truly present and open, giving the kids a chance to be themselves without fear and guiding them to make new discoveries that might enrich their lives and how they see the world.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? Make sure you love the kids more than you love just having a job.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses? Being a teacher is more than just talking through a lesson. It requires human connection, kindness and sometimes just a hug during a hard day.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? Respecting children as the human beings that they are can make a huge difference. We can't expect kids to learn to respect each other if they are not respected as well. People don't give kids and teens the credit they deserve, especially when it comes to understanding complex issues. Kids can't get deeper understanding of issues if people are willing to explore the ideas with them.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? My grandmother, because she taught me with love and gentleness, but was a ver no-nonsense kind of person. Also a teacher from first grade because she made me feel like my opinion mattered.
Share a teaching memory that had a profound impact on you. Too many to share here.
What is your philosophy and approach to behavioral management? Conversation and understanding beat punishment. Behaviour patterns can only be corrected if the child wants to work with you, rarely because the child is afraid of you. Fear causes repression of a behavior, but doesn't fix the cause of the problem.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? Several with many variations of behavioral diagnosis. I work with each child from where they are and what they can do at that particular point, so a diagnosis is only helpful to guide me to recognize patterns, otherwise they are irrelevant.
Credentials. Quantum Physics, CPR, Black Belt in a few different martial arts