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My broad based teaching career has had me working with students of varying backgrounds including foreign students with English as a second language. I believe very strongly in establishing my students as friends while also stressing that we are '"here" to learn and that certain "lines" are not crossed. I used this philosophy successfully in bringing up my two sons as a single parent. I am dedicated to my work ethic and very conscious of my responsibilities. I believe that I can make a difference.
My experience includes five years of working with elementary age students. My most recent assignment had me working with high school level students in both History and English. In between that, I also handled tutoring work in English, history and simple Math for elementary grade students. I also worked with a group of young Russian students who needed specialized assistance as English was a second language for them.I am a published author (memoir) and also published a history book for Japanese students with limited English capabilities.
I taught Elementary School for three years in Massachusetts. I took creative writing courses in college and have taught basic writing courses and vocabulary to Elementary level students. Most importantly, I have Home Schooled three Russian students in required Elementary level subjects. I passed Elementary level subject tests that required knowledge and teaching experience in Language Arts,Reading, English Grammar,Spelling,Literature, Social Studies as well as early Math and Science. All of these subjects were also taught when I home schooled the Russian students.
My work with students also emphasized study skills.These involved how to organize and take in new information along with concentration techniques. Study skills for me also had my students using proper time motivation and time management capabilities. I also instructed them on how to properly condense information and the use of key words to stimulate correct answers. I also emphasized the importance of comfort level on tests by first answering those questions where they were sure of the answers and to not waste time on questions that involved more thinking. In this way they would not find themselves running out of test time.
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