Joanna L

Qualified, dedicated and caring teacher with over 12 years experience.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a qualified, experienced primary school teacher with over 12 years experience in the UK and abroad. When my first child was small I did the training necessary to become an Ofsted registered childminder and my service was rated 'outstanding' on inspection. More recently I have taught adults art locally and during the pandemic taught two young sisters online for a year when they were shielding from Covid. I was amazed by what is possible teaching online and I am keen to do more!

What do you specialise in?

I am very creative and like to approach all aspects of teaching from this perspective. I also love the process of learning and all the tiny steps which go into becoming a confident, competent learner. When tutoring I feel it is crucial to approach phonics, reading, writing and maths with a step by step approach to ensure there aren't any learning gaps, building a solid foundation moving forward. I like to incorporate children's interests into the learning process as much as possible and have found that this as well as teaching in a cross-curricular way can better engage learners in the world around them making their understanding more meaningful.

How do your lessons usually plan out?

I use the National Curriculum and supporting government documentation to plan out all teaching and learning for KS1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum for children in Nursery and Reception (the Early Years). I begin planning long term (based on how many sessions there will be in total) then break this down into objectives for the week/session. I have always shared these learning intentions with parents (prior to sessions) and with the learners (during sessions) so they know the focus. I review the learning intentions at the end of a session/week to see what has been learnt and whether there are any areas which need exploring further. When 'marking' work and giving feedback I ideally do this straight away or plan time to do this as soon as possible after work has been completed and create time to revisit any areas of difficulty during our next session together. Where an area needs revisiting I approach the subject in a different way which I feel will best suit the learner.

When did you first start tutoring?

I first started tutoring (in person) in London in 2016. Shortly after this my family and I moved away from London and in 2020 - 2021 I planned and taught two sisters online for one academic school year, writing termly and end of year reports which were shared with parents and their next school. Prior to the pandemic I also taught adults art locally which I really enjoyed, however this role has been put on hold.

What are your interests outside of teaching?

I have always been creative and love to collage, draw, paint, write children's stories and sew. I have an online Etsy shop which I opened in 2016, making and selling decorative items for children and more detailed nature inspired brooches. I am passionate about children's books, reading and stories and recently have been learning about children's books from published author-illustrators. I am in the process of writing and illustrating my own picture books which is very exciting!

What exam boards and year groups do you teach?

Although I have taught children from pre-school and Nursery age up to Year 6 - I particularly love the Early Years and Key Stage One (School Years 1 and 2). These are my preferred age groups to teach, however this depends on each learners needs and I would love the opportunity to support an older child who needed to revisit some of the foundation skills needing further support for whatever reason.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

My dad was a Primary School Head Teacher and although he often discouraged me (!) from following his lead (he felt teaching was very demanding and stressful!) I knew I wanted to teach from a young age and this is what I trained to do at University. Growing up we had many foster children staying with us of all different ages and I knew I wanted to do a job which made a difference to the lives of young people.

What is your teaching style?

Friendly, calm and patient whilst also being extremely organised with high expectations, a sense of pace and an eye for detail! I like to personalise what I teach so that it is specific and relevant to each learner and I source (and make!) resources which are clear and bright to assist with this. I follow a clear (shared) routine but I am flexible with this, responding to the needs of each learner throughout every session. Working with young children I like to mix up activities so that periods of listening are broken up with interactive games and movements/songs, balanced with table activities/tasks. If something is not working I switch things around to keep the learner motivated, interested and happy!

What is your favourite thing about being a tutor?

Through being a tutor I love that you really get to know each learner on an individual basis and so can plan and deliver work to suit them and the way they learn best. I work hard to make sure that the teaching style and content suits the individual and when they enjoy what they are learning, are motivated to learn more and are proud of their effort of what they have achieved they can feel this, it shows and it it is this which makes it teaching a valuable, worthwhile and privileged position to be in.

Which relevant qualifications do you have?

I have a BEd Hons, 2:1 (specialising in art) with Qualified Teacher Status. I qualifed from University Collage Chester (part of Liverpool University) in 1999 and began my teaching career in inner city London, working in some challenging and deprived areas. I taught in various primary schools and early years settings in London and Kent for ten years.

What do students love most about your teaching style?

I would hope it is the fact that I am warm, honest and open and that I really listen. Humour is key to making learning fun as is having a common understanding of where each other is coming from. From our first meeting I make sure I share information about who I am in a clear, relevant way to help form that important bond setting us off on our learning journey together. Learners love it when their specific interests and preferences are considered and I plan in getting to know you tasks. Understanding each other on a more personal level helps form a better teaching/learning relationship enabling me to plan ahead linking to those interests and needs in a relevant way. While I think it's essential to have routine, structure and clear expectations I also think it's extremely important to be flexible and remain in the moment. By acknowledging when a learner is tired or has made a great achievement the learner feels valued and listened to as the individual that they are.

What is the greatest success you've had with teaching?

When I was teaching a Reception aged child (online) they knew very few sounds when we started working together. I planned a very specific, clear approach session by session (which I shared with parents) to introduce and revisit each phonetic sound, building on this knowledge every day as well as playing interactive games helping to reinforce their recognition of different sounds in different contexts. In a matter of weeks this child began to string sounds together to read and write words and within a term was reading simple (pink level) books and writing sentences. I was amazed. Their progress was phenomenal!

What is your teaching philosophy?

To enjoy the process - starting with a smile! I believe that it is only when we are relaxed and motivated that we learn well. Learning should be challenging but needs to be enjoyable and I work hard to strike that balance. I have high standards and expectations but I quickly become tuned in to each learners needs so that the pace is manageable yet motivating. Teaching is best when the learner is engaged and fully understands what they are doing. There are many different ways to looks at something and one way doesn't suit all - when I teach I work hard to make sure the delivery is as clear as possible to the learner and will revisit things in different ways until the concept is understood.

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Mingshi Lin

Joanna is amazing! I feel that she is so easy-going, elegant and attractive. I really enjoyed talking with her, following her guidance, I felt truly accepted and involved, it was so empathetic and inspirational.


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