Tammy Roecker has been a self-employed, Arizona State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), NCBTMB Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association for 30 years with additional certifications in Pre/Peri-Natal Massage, Doula, Childbirth Educator, as well as being a Certified Personal Trainer with extra training in Perinatal Fitness.
Tammy is a CMBE (Certified Massage and Bodywork Educator) and was honored as the AFMTE's (Association For Massage Therapy Education) 2019 Continuing Education Provider-Educator of the Year!
Tammy Founded the Early Bonding Foundation and serves as the president of the non-profit 501c3 Corporation, aa well as, TR Seminars, as a provider of continuing education for Licensed Massage Therapists, RNs, OTs, PTs, LCSWs, and other Healthcare Professionals. She has been providing continuing education since 2011 and currently has many classes with a wide variety of subjects from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Teaching Philosophy, by Tammy Roecker, CEP, LMT
The purpose of this statement is to describe my approach in teaching massage therapy in a somatic-based classroom. The statement will show how my philosophy aligns with AFMTE’s core competencies, as it relates to the role of educator and learner, evidence-based content and knowledge, and useful teaching strategies and assessments in massage therapy education. These challenges will be summarized as they relate to my responsibilities and intentions as a Certified Educator of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
My role as an educator is to facilitate learner development and well-being through a combination of learning activities, critical thinking skills, and experiential exercises, which helps the learner build on existing knowledge and integrate curriculum content with career and life experiences.
Students deserve a safe, respectful learning space, a passionate teacher, and appropriate massage therapy education, that stays within their scope of practice, and that is supported by peer reviewed research. Providing a learning environment with structure, goals and objectives, assessment, evaluation and feedback to students can be challenging when there are such diverse groups of learners with different learning styles, and levels of prior education. Cultural and social backgrounds, special cognitive or physical needs also require multiple approaches.
It has been proven that each individual has a different way of learning, and their learning ability could be a lot faster, if they are able to make use of their preferred learning style (Bhagat et. al, 2015).
According to Peyman, the four basic learning styles associated with V.A.R.K. learning style preferences are: Visual (looking at and making pictures, animations, graphs, tables, ); aural (listening to and participating in speeches, discussions, and question answer sessions); read/write (reading and writing text associated with the textbook, class notes, laboratory reports, etc.) and kinesthetic (engaging in physical experiences, manipulating objects, laboratories (Peyman et al., 2014).
Learners build on existing knowledge by interpreting new information through personal feelings and prior experiences. Students employ a variety of learning styles and have diverse educational needs; they come to the learning space with a variety of perspectives, expectations, and motivations. Students who take an active role in learning acquire important skills and are open to continuous learning to improve their practice.
My classes include lecture with PowerPoint presentations, and technique demonstration followed by learner practice. Lectures are both auditorily informative, and interactive through question and answer, but also visually pleasing through PowerPoint presentations and my animated, storytelling from personal experience. Learners get visual, auditory and kinesthetic models of learning, and combining all three, to see it, feel it, and do it; followed by my formative and summative assessments. I love the new Kahoot App that allows for student review, competitive interaction, and subject retention.
The most useful strategies are those that help the learner integrate knowledge with experience. Teaching, in my opinion, is 50% knowledge and 50% presentation; both need to be spot on. Knowledge on a subject is critical, but so is the ability to think on your feet. Having two or three ways to explain the same idea, having good people skills, as well as the ability to read the room, and throw away the script, and speak directly to the group’s dynamic, is important.
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