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I have the teaching experience of working with students in either or both of situations for over 15 years in standard classes, and have taken Special Ed. classes while working toward that credential. Students are best supported with clear and concise organizational forms and formulas, guidelines, and consistent support. I am a creative and up-beat person who is understanding of what their needs are, organized with good communication skills, and can also be assertive when appropriate. I incorporate all of these attributes, as well as having the training and experience to successfully work with your child.
As a California teacher with 2 credentials, I passed the CBEST the first time I took it, and with 'flying colors'. My strategies for teaching students to pass this test include using practice tests (one at a time), correcting it, and focusing on the areas that the person is the weakest. I teach how to outline for the essay and what kinds of details to include in their paragraphs, learning math formulas, clues in grammar, and how to pick out the meaning and details in a passage. I have a positive attitude, and a light sense of humor. Students need constructive feedback, positive reinforcement, creativity, tricks, and an organized way to reach their goal. I guide them through what could be a very daunting process toward success!
I have a BS in Home Economics as well as many wonderful years of experience with all kinds of basic and creative food preparation and cooking! To enjoy and be successful in the kitchen (cooking and understanding nutrition) is important, necessary, and can give you a sense of pride. Once you've mastered basic measurements, ingredient sources, some herbs, spices and recipes, we can experiment with various cuisines. You'll be able to create new favorites for yourself and your entire family.
I'm prepared to begin at the beginning, or continue from where ever you may be right now. You will find me flexible, knowledgeable, interested in your goals, and above all, would love to share my love of food and its possibilities with you!
Since I've taught students in all grade from 1 through 12 for over 25 years, I am well versed in all areas of: health science, earth science, physical science, the scientific method. Also, taught were: English spelling, grammar, paragraph and essay writing, interpretive creative, informative, business, letter, and research formats. I've taught students how to interpret and memorize information, as well as engaging in the creative integration of ideas with problem solving in real world situations. Math subjects included from the simple to complex, addition, subtraction, word problems, daily problem solving in user friendly situations, multiplication, division, finding the unknowns, mean, median, mode, range, reading and using charts, pre-algebra, etc. I use various modalities to be able to engage and teach all types and ages of children.
While having many years of practical experience teaching all levels of elementary math, I have also taken specialized classes which have given me valuable techniques. This has and will enable me to help students with memory, developing relationships and meaning, understanding of concepts, categorizing, and the understanding of the flow of math order and techniques. It is so very important for our young students to develop and understand the basics. this will really benefit them with in math in their futures.
Math was always a struggle for me while learning the basics, so now since I've learned various creative ways to teach it, the subject has become fun and a joy. I love seeing children's faces light up as they 'get it' and are really successful! Their self-esteem increases and resistance to school slips away!
I love teaching English, whether it be sound/symbol association, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, writing, interpretation, or? It all comes down to others' and our own expression. I've taught full classes, small groups, and individuals from Kindergarten through college and enjoy every developmental stage. From the most technical to the very creative, students are able to progress at their own pace and experience a great amount of success. Please contact me and let me know what your focus is and we'll dive right in!
While enjoying my work with students, I've taken classes which have taught me techniques to help those who struggle with English as their second language (or English Language Learners). I utilize real life situations and multiple modalities (verbal and written words, drawings, objects, pantomime, and English grammar rules) to transfer meanings to students. As they learn and improve their skills, we have fun with each new challenge. Trust my methods that are calm, interactive, encouraging, and very effective.
I am the Director of Religious School at a local synagogue and teach the 4/5th grade class. While teaching biblical Hebrew, I focus on phonetic deciphering of prayers (and melodies) found in the prayer book, as well as general meaning of those prayers. I also use basic classroom vocabulary, mixed with those from the prayers that the students are learning, while speaking to the students. I use proven fluency and syllabication techniques that are both successful and fun! My goal in teaching Hebrew is to have students become more comfortable with all parts of the Shabbat and festival services, and be challenged and pleased with their progress.
I have a vast knowledge, various techniques, and experience for teaching phonics to all ages. In the past few years I've been trained in (and used): Nanci Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program [LiPS]. I sometimes combine the best components from these to suit each individual student. Other times, the best course of action is to keep the individual program clean and fresh. I stress the knowledge and use of sound/symbol/tactile awareness, and then introduce more and new information as the student is ready. Moving at the speed that the pupil is prepared for is essential for their long term memory to become established. As this happens, we build upon prior knowledge and continue toward fluent reading and comprehension. Please contact me with any questions that you have and to tell me about your needs.
I have taught math from simple number concepts through Algebra for many years, and incorporate a logical and sequencial approach. While using texts, I also bring real life materials and concepts into the mix as well. I make learning math very accessible and even fun. Students feel rewarded, rejuvenated, and ready for more challenges. I love encouraging my students and supporting them in their goals, be it keeping up with their class, remedial support, learning and growing as fast as they can, studying for the SAT or ACT, or finding techniques that help them learn that they have never experienced before. They are always successful!
I have loved creating and altering clothing for many years (since middle school). From my experiences designing and constructing costumes for high school plays, to teaching students at a youth club, my creativity and patience have proved successful! Both youth and adults have achieved great results. If you have a sewing machine, I'll help you become comfortable with it, learn to use patterns, alter them to fit you, or combine 2 or more to suit your next clothing fantasy. Please contact me!!!
Study skills incorporates many areas including understanding and remembering main points in a paragraph, chapter, book, story, or essay. This may mean highlighting, taking notes, and or discussing orally. Utilizing one of the many outline formats or Cornell Notes helps to organize information and thoughts. Record keeping is very important for students to be able to keep on schedule with all assignments and learn what he or she can do independently, or where they need help. We will find the 'map' technique that fits your child's way of thinking to organize and create writing success.
Learning and practicing various forms of study skills is the basis for a successful education and professional career.