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My experience is based on my professional background as a reading tutor, my devotion to teaching reading and my personal love of reading.
I tutored for Basic Educational Services Team. The services I provided were to help the student meet grade level standards. I would meet the student and an adult in the home at the specified time and provide tutoring services for two hours. After an initial assessment to determine the student's level of comprehension and reading ability, I would divide the lessons into mini-lessons to help keep the student engaged.
I believe that all students can learn. I believe that not all students learn the same way and I must differentiate my instruction to meet each student's needs. I reinforce learning by signaling when a response is correct and encouraging the student to continue. I use cognitive theory which means that new information is most easily acquired when people can associate it with things they have already learned. Thus, I work to build prior knowledge and to exercise the brain.
Let Freedom Ring! Freedom for all people, of every race, religion, and gender. It is what makes America strong and proud, why this great nation stands tall, and what its citizens fight for and defend at all costs. This country's leaders have debated and defined what these ideals are. They have written and spoken about them- inspiring, comforting, and bringing the country through periods of growth and good times as well as adversity and strife.
This is your opportunity to learn American History from an American Veteran of Desert Storm and the Rodney King Riots. A person who has studied American History since his first trip to Washington, D.C. and the battlefields of the Civil War in 1968.
Remember I am a former teacher with years of experience history. History should be taught using using hands on materials and make real life projects, not sitting in a chair listening to someone talk.
This is my specialty. I have taken the GED myself cold, without studying, twice and passed. Verification provided upon request.
Geography is more than the study of states and capitals. Today's Geographers are weatherpersons, topographers, and designers. These professions are architects of weather patterns, cities, transportation patterns. Geography is an exciting area of study and my experience in tutoring was at the college level for the College of Sequoias and in K-8 classrooms. My technique for teaching is to bring the student together with real world science to provide a hands on and meaningful learning experience.
Reading is the basis for learning and school success.
As a reading teacher and a tutor, I used an evidence-based program to teach reading that uses a tutor-student relationship. This program is characterized by strong reinforcement of progress, a high number of reading and writing experiences in which the student moves from being fully supported to working independently, and explicit demonstration of appropriate reading and writing processes. Two such programs are; (1) for early reading skills teaching phonemic awareness and phonics, including sounds practice and oral reading of words in lists and text that incorporates previously taught sounds/words; (2) for more advanced reading skills taught include fluency building activities, comprehension questions, and vocabulary activities whenever possible.
Some of my tutor programs include materials such as magnetic letter boards, dry erase boards/markers/erasers, and timers/stopwatches. As a results-oriented tutor, I gathered learner performance data on a session basis, and charted the data (using graphs, stars, etc.) to allow a visual display of improvements made during the weekly sessions.
During my career, I have used several effective explicit and implicit strategies to teach new vocabulary words. One of the most effective methods of helping children learn new vocabulary words is to teach unfamiliar words used in a text prior to the reading experience. Providing multiple opportunities to use a new word in its written and spoken form helps students solidify their understanding of the word. Another pre-teaching strategy is the keyword method that occurs before a student reads a particular text. In this method, unfamiliar words are introduced prior to reading. However, rather than encouraging the student to remember a definition for a new word, the tutor teaches him/her a “word clue” to help him/her understand it. This “word clue” or keyword might be a part of the definition, an illustrative example, or an image that the reader connects to the word to make it easier to remember the meaning when reading it in context. The idea behind the keyword method is to create an easy cognitive link to the word’s meaning that the reader can access efficiently during a reading experience.
I taught seventh grade world history, covering the fall of Rome to Colonial America, for several years. I am well versed in seventh grade State Standards for social studies. I took several college history courses. Personally, I enjoy studying history and try to make it interesting in the hope that my students would also love reading about the past.
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