An interview with Jennie:
Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do at Linden?
I am doing academic coaching in English and Science for students in the primary and middle school grades. I especially love helping families coordinate their school and support teams. My background is in social work and education, and I like being able to bring both elements to the work that I do.
What is your approach with children? Do you have a particular technique to help them open up?
I think learning should be enjoyable. I like finding where the subject matter and the students’ interests overlap. The benefit to working one-on-one, or with a small group, is the opportunity to find what learning styles students respond to, and how to best make meaning out of learning. I do this by taking time to get the know the students. Teaching through hands-on activities, games, and movement are a good way to make subjects that can be hard to understand, or hard to engage with, more interesting, and help include a wider range or learning styles.
Do you have any favorite apps, books, videos or resources to support children that want to improve their writing and reading skills, but don’t know where to start?
I am a big fan of Brain Pop. I think it has a lot of great short videos that serve as wonderful tutorials to introducing concepts. I also love NewsELA (which I was introduced to through a fellow tutor at Linden.) I has a great variety of non-fiction reading options, and you can pick several reading levels for every article. This is great for differentiation in a group. You can also choose the articles through concepts you want to teach or learn about, such as: main idea, point of view, or arguments and claims. These are great starts for writing frames to work on essay ideas.
Jennie is a certified primary school teacher with a Master’s in Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work in Human Rights. She is a trained and experienced IB/PYP teacher, with international school experience. Originally from the U.S., she spent 8 years doing social work in Colorado, New York and California, before going into education. During this time, she worked at teen health clinics and taught health and relationship workshops in schools. Her interest is in the intersection of education and social work and her passion is in integrating social and emotional learning into school curricula. She is a proponent of inquiry-based methods for learning, and teaches all primary school subjects, as well as English, Health and Ethics for secondary school. She has a background in activism and advocacy concerning youth, and sees education as holistic endeavor. Jennie is excited to continue to serve the wide array of international students here in Berlin.