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Teaching for me has always been a calling. Even after many years of teaching in the elementary grades, I look forward to challenges that lead to success. If something doesn't work, I try something else. Each student is unique, with his or her own needs and abilities. I gear my instruction to those. I also try to challenge them, when necessary.
My philosophy in teaching is to tap into curiosity and inquiry that students potentially have and should continue to be developed. Children love to learn when teachers love to teach and imbue students with the excitement of discovery. We should continue to stimulate this. Creative imagination can't be exhausted. I like to use an eclectic approach where I combine all methods. For instance, reading is a combination of pictures, sight vocabulary, phonics, and use of content.
As a tutor, I would ask child what he enjoys at school and difficulties encountered, and base my lessons on that. I would encourage questions and if the student doesn't understand, I would try another approach. A student should feel confident that I"m there to help him and will use whatever method necessary for student's success.
In New York, I taught mostly 4th-6th grades at all levels, including gifted. In San Diego, I taught K-9th grades in mostly bilingual classes. I look forward to tutoring. Even though my experience has been mostly in the classroom, I used to tutor students who needed extra help,before or after school.
I'm a California certified bilingual teacher, with 15 years experience in grades 1-6th grades. I passed the California proficiency exam for teaching K-6 and bilingual (Spanish, English). I also have the CA Tesol certificate for teaching ESL. In New York, I taught 4th-6th grades in one elementary school, in Centereach, L.I., NY for 15 years. My experience was with all levels of teaching. I also included the visual and performing arts to enhance subject matter. We used math in science and encouraged experiments. I worked with individuals, small groups and entire classes. I varied my teaching to meet the needs of the students. I learned early on in my teaching career that if something doesn't work, try something else. Teaching is challenging and students have varied strengths and weaknesses. You have to be sensitive to children's needs and try what works for them.
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