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I was a Field Supervisor of teachers-in-training at UCLA for four years; during this time I helped many going into teaching study for and do well in the CBEST. I've also worked with many private students to prepare for this test. I am familiar with all topics on the CBEST.
I have been playing tournament chess and have a USCF rating of 1600. I have taught chess as an ofterschool enrichment class for over 12 years and I've been the head of the chess club at several different high schools.
I work well with K-6th children. I am a certified Montessori Teacher PreK-8 from UCSD. I taught high school for over 25 years so I know how to prepare students. I know what's coming so I know what to emphasize.
I have been working with the teacher training program at UCLA giving future teachers techniques and methods of teaching elementary mathematics.
I have published several articles in academic journals.
I have a California teaching credential and a Masters in Mathematics Education from UCLA. I taught over 30 years in high school math and science. I taught several years in elite private schools (Brentwood, Marymount, Loyola) and I'm familiar with the private school requirements and curriculum. I've helped over 20 students over the years prepare for the ISEE test with 100% success rate in acceptance to various private school in the Los Angeles area.
I teach Phonics first by doing some Diagnostics; does the student hear and identify sounds (phonemes)? Can she recognize the "look" of the corresponding letters and patterns (graphemes) that represent them? I start by working on these skills. Then I teach students to decode the words on the printed page by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. I do believe that the "whole language" approach to reading is important and practice reading students good literature and stressing meaning. The whole language emphasis on identifying new words using context. After all, earning to read is goal; students need to appreciate language to learn to read so they can read to learn as they go through the upper grades.
I've played poker all of my adult life. I have competed in several Texas Hold 'em tournaments and have a plus score. I have taught fundamentals of probability using poker as a means.
I am an active tutor in the following areas: English, SAT, GED, Geometry, Grammar, Literature, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Elementary (K-6), Algebra as well as all levels of mathematics.
I created and taught a 4 hour class for parents as part of an Park and & Recreation community outreach. It was called Study Skills: How to help students have success in school. The class was very well received and eventually over 400 parents attended; the feedback was very positive.
Study skills have a lot to do with organization, which can be learned. I can teach students to get in the habit of using an assignment book, planning ahead, and using time wisely. Other skills that I emphasize are how to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment, how to prioritize, how to proofread, and how to predict test questions. I teach effective reading techniques such as SQ3R and how to take class notes.