I taught all needs levels of students in English 7, 8, 9, and 12 with great success combining school district and state standards with individual learning needs such as spelling and written expression. I am very familiar with the literature and writing types for each grade level.
I was a sought after ESL/ESOL teacher for many years in San Diego County and have taught ESL I - III and Project Write to over 25 different language backgrounds including Spanish, Asian, Mideastern, European, Kenyan, and Congolese language speakers.
I was blessed with the latest and most effective teaching techniques as my high school district and county provided me with a variety of workshops and classes over the years.
My favorite was the training provided one summer by the Monterrey Language Institute in PAT/HILT which can be adapted to any language and culture. I was recognized for expecting my ESL students to do much of the "regular curriculum and tests" and the students exceeded my expectation. Project Write developed out of that experience. Next one of my ESL students won a San Diego Padres Scholarship for a first place essay. Overall many of my students tested out of ESL I and skipped ahead to ESL III after 6 - 10 months of instruction with me.
Grammar "rules" rarely change, so once you've learned them, you can apply them when necessary for the rest of your life. I know it sounds strange to answer the phone with, "This is he" or "This is she", but the educated world knows that is the correct way to refer to oneself. A good grammar book and a few diagnostic lessons will go a long way to reducing errors in speech and writing for social, school, and work success.
There are methods I can teach you to help you get "into", "through", and "beyond" your literature assignments. Some of the hardest literature to read is actually the most rewarding when you know how to approach a poem, short story, or novel. Let me help you become an independent literature reader as some lit assignments are assigned for silent reading or homework. I have taught all the "core" literature works presently required in English 7, 9, 12.
Even though I love literature, I've always had students who benefited from basic phonics instruction to help them read faster and spell better. The words in the English language are spelled just like the word sounds in only 65% of our words. But there are many easy rules, review exercises, and remedial work available for all ages to help tackle some of the words that do not sound like they look.
When I was first training to become a reading teacher, I was fortunate enough to work with students in a reading clinic where I developed entire units on troublesome phonics for middle and high school developing readers. I designed a lot of games and techniques for word recognition and pronunciation, and would love to work with a student on phonics again.
Do you dread speaking in public? In middle, high school, and college many of your "reports" and "presentations" are expected to be presented orally to the class which can affect your class grade if you're unprepared as a speaker.
I loved speech classes and debate team when I was in high school and at UCSB. My confidence in expressing myself orally has helped me in my career and personal goals.
I taught an effective speech unit in 7th and 8th grades that culminated in a district-wide yearly Speech Contest. I found evidence later with 9th and 12th grade classes of the value of that speech unit. Last, I discovered that my students also learned different essay types for timed writing tests by practicing their essays as speeches. I have a voice and video webcam feature on my computer which I'd love to use to help a student become a confident public speaker.
If you have good study skills, you will be more likely to be a "happy" learner whatever you have to study now or hope to pursue in your future. I taught at a unique magnet school in San Diego County where we had a daily Homeroom period between the two morning block classes. At this school students were given a lot of self responsibility and they could "sign out" to go for study help in a different subject. All year we learned different study skills techniques and I believe more homework was completed at that school than any other in our district.
I taught English 7 and 8 for 19 years, so I have a lot of experience helping students become ready to learn, organize, focus, and retain information while taking six different classes.
I was the Model Teacher for mainstreaming of special needs students and have a wide variety of basic study skills strategies. My Test Taking Strategies for the STAR Test were adopted by the high schools in my district due to the success of my 7th and 8th graders.
For those of you who are in high school, many colleges now teach Rhetorical Reading and Writing which have strategies you can apply in high school whether you are asked to compare four different non-fiction articles or summarize in a precis. All of these strategies can be taught and learned to your benefit no matter what the subject area is or what your future goals are.