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I have my MS in ADD/ADHD from Drake University.
I have my MS in Learning disabilities, Dyslexia from Drake University and have taught 9 years in this environment.
I have a BS in Elementary Education (K-8th) from Drake University. I did my student practice teaching in 1st grade, substitute taught K-3rd grade for one semester, and I had my own classroom teaching 4th-6th grade basic skills in the Des Moines, IA public schools. I hold permanent certification in Iowa. In addition, I have my certification from the State of California also.
I have taught elementary math for many years, both in a regular classroom and as a special needs teacher. Most students that are having problems with math is because somewhere along the line they have missed concepts. Math is a subject that builds upon itself. If an earlier concept is missing, children will have problems going forward.
Having worked with students with learning difficulties in reading, I have found that in some instances phonics is a great way to help a child learn to read. By breaking down the word, into parts and tackling each part the child can learn to "sound out" the word. This is a method that is transferable to almost all words that the child is unfamiliar with.
This method of learning to read is also a great moral booster. When a child sounds out a word and comes up with the correct pronunciation, there is great pride that one can see on that child's face.
Children that are having difficulty with reading fluency need to be assessed as to their best method for learning. The child may be a sight learner, a phonetic learner, or a tactile learner. If the issue is comprehension, one needs to ensure that the child really understands the meaning of vocabulary words. As the child's confidence builds, so does his or her reading fluency and comprehension.
I have my Masters Degree in learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. I have taught children with mild to profound learning problems in many different types of situations, from resource room to self-contained classroom to integrated regular classroom.
The age range I have taught has spanned K-6th grade AD/HD resource, 4-6th self-contained learning challenged, and 7th and 8th grade self-contained. The 7th and 8th grade classes were a mix of children with severe learning problems(struggled to read at a 1st grade level) to emotionally challenged to children with physical issues that impacted learning (profound hearing loss).
The integrated classroom teaching was an 8th grade class that had been self-contained and were being integrated back into the regular classroom before going on to high school. This took coordination between myself and the classroom teacher to understand the skills that were being taught and how best to impart this knowledge to my children.
Training on study skills was a large portion of my certification process in education. Since children learn in different ways, each child needs to find the best process for him/her self.
I have worked with students that were auditory learners and we would sit and read aloud in order for them to comprehend the material. Other students were visual learners. Once a concept was presented and they could see it, example being fractions represented by a cake, they comprehended.
In addition, I also find that students need to understand where they can locate information, what are their resources, be it text books, notes, libraries, or online. With this knowledge, studying is no longer a chore but a easy way to gain the information that is needed.