Tutor profile: Crystal V.
What are some strategies that can help me improve my Spanish?
Your abilities in Spanish will improve with patience and practice. Google Translate can help with the word you can't think of or do not know. Software like Mango Languages (free through the library) and DuoLingo can help you practice sentence structure and grammar. Having a close companion who is a native speaker is a very good strategy, but the most effective strategy is immersion. If you can, study abroad or living for a time in a Spanish-speaking country is the most effective way to improve your language skills.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What can the library offer in the Age of Google?
The library has information professionals who have skills of helping the user identify their information needs more clearly. The librarians help to save time and frustration when looking for information. Librarians offer access to information to all, regardless of social or economic standing. Librarians will direct users to current, reliable information. The library offers databases and sources of information that Google cannot search. Librarians also use software to advise readers on finding the next book.
As a new teacher in the field, what advice can you give me to help me in the classroom?
It has been my experience that teaching can sometimes be difficult. You may have a tough group of students. You may feel unprepared, unappreciated, and overwhelmed. Teaching is not for the faint of heart. Find a mentor, an established teacher or teacher leader in your field and learn what you can from him/her. Learn as many strategies as you can for classroom management. Establish relationships with the children. Let them know you care about them and their learning. Take one day at a time. Do what you can, leave the rest for tomorrow.
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