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Ann K.

Denver, CO

$45/hr

Reading/Writing Experienced Educator - BS and MA degrees

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Reading/Writing Experienced Educator - BS and MA degrees

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I am a firm believer that all children can learn; and, as an experienced educator, I know that each child learns differently. A variety of strategies is essential if a child is to fully understand what is being taught.

One-on-one tutoring sessions provide the opportunity for maximum learning for both teacher and student. It is essential to discuss the student's progress, weaknesses and strengths with his/her teacher so that I can fully understand where the child currently stands in terms of what is expected.

My degrees include a BS in history and education with a minor in English, and an MA in education. I taught school for 25 years, but also worked as a researcher/writer in the Penn State Foundation for six years. In addition to teaching first, second and thirds grades in elementary school, I taught sixth grade in middle school. While I loved each grade level, I would have to say that my two favorites were third and sixth.

My friends describe me as outgoing, humorous and optimistic. I love to read and discuss books, particularly non-fiction and historical fiction. I am very political, but have no desire to run for an office, and am passionate about particular issues. I excel in tennis, enjoy swimming and love walking our dog, Chloe. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with one or all of our six grandchildren who live in the Denver area. We see them often and enjoy watching the cousins interact with one another.

You can be assured that I will discuss your child's educational strengths and deficiencies with his/her teacher and keep communication open so that maximum benefit can be optioned.

History:
Social Studies
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BS in education which I earned from The University of Colorado, Boulder. I also have an MA in elementary education and have taught grades 1, 2, 3, and a 2/3 combination for four year in addition to 6th grade language arts and social studies for a total 21 years prior to retiring. I was certified in elementary education for that entire time.

English

English was my minor in college. I taught writing, reading and grammar in both elementary and middle school for many years. I am the author of a memoir that was published four years ago and has received several book awards. I am a lover of our language, a stickler on correct sentence structure and grammar, and am horrified if I make a mistake now and again!

Grammar

I must admit that I am quite particular about correct grammar, and find myself correcting my grandchildren now and then.

"Name yourself last, Max. Name yourself last," four year old Anna reminded her six year old brother when he didn't.

As a teacher of English/language arts in both elementary and middle school, it is obvious to my students that I love the subject.

Literature

Ah, literature - my favorite subject. I have always loved books and can remember many that I devoured when I was a child. Books take us elsewhere, motivate our imagination and allow us to see the beauty of the English language as we immerse ourselves in both fiction and non-fiction.

There are those children who don't like to read for pleasure; but I discovered long ago that if a child's interest is sparked, he/she will seek out books to feed that interest.

Proofreading

As an author and freelance writer, proofreading is as pleasurable to me as is the writing. I love the thesaurus on the computer because it allows us synonym choices. Those of us who write seriously find that we are very particular about word choice, to the point that we often struggle as we decide on just the right word in a given sentence. It is through proofreading that we are allowed to see not only what should be corrected, but also if the flow of words is just as we want it to be.

Proofing stories or papers that we write is much more than a one time activity. To get the best product possible, one must proof many times. This is why I encourage children to begin writing assignments early enough to allow time for this process to be properly completed.

Reading

This is a subject that is dear to me as a teacher because the way each child learns to read is a very individual thing. Because of this, several strategies must be incorporated into reading lessons and that 'aha moment' is quite obvious when first one and then another child becomes fluent.

The secret to keeping children's attention is to have interesting and age appropriate books in reading groups. A varied and well-stocked classroom library draws children to that part of the room when they have completed assignments. Introducing them to both fiction and non-fiction is important as it allows them to realize that we read for many reasons.

Social Studies

This is the subject I most loved to teach. I have a history degree from The University of Colorado and loved teaching social studies at all grade levels.

My teaching certificate allowed me to teach all subjects through sixth grade which qualified me to teach the subject in middle school.

Spelling

As an elementary teacher for many years, spelling was a big part of the curricula. It is important to study the subject because as children become more proficient in writing, their spelling must be correct. Time was set aside each day to learn, not only the spelling of the words, but also the meanings and how they are used in sentences.

Study Skills

Having taught both elementary and middle school for many years, I recognize the correlation between study skills and optimum learning. I have taught a variety of study skills to my classes and/or to individual children in tutoring sessions. It is important to introduce many skills because what may be effective for one child may not be for another. Lack of organization is a major problem for many children, and the teaching of study skills is quite helpful in this regard.

Vocabulary

Having taught several elementary grades and 6th grade of middle school over a period of 21 years, I am familiar with the teaching of vocabulary. The subject gains importance as students advance in reading.

Writing

Writing is one of my favorite things to do, and I find myself drawn to it many times a day. Because of this love, my excitement is contagious, so students want to write as well. When I was in school years ago, we were given one subject on which we were to write. Nowadays, however, we encourage children to select their own topics and this results in much more successful writing experiences.

We often refer to writing as 'the writing process' because there are many steps involved. From rough draft to finished product takes sufficient time if optimum results are to be maintained.

Correct spelling is not required when the first draft or two are written because doing so discourages creativity and more advanced vocabulary choices. The richness is lost and writing pieces become blank.

Writers' Workshop was always one of my most rewarding part of my teaching day.

University of Colorado, Boulder
History
University of Colorado
Graduate Coursework
Adams State University
Master's

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder (History )

University of Colorado (Graduate Coursework)

Adams State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ann will travel within 15 miles of Denver, CO 80237.


About Ann

I am a firm believer that all children can learn; and, as an experienced educator, I know that each child learns differently. A variety of strategies is essential if a child is to fully understand what is being taught.

One-on-one tutoring sessions provide the opportunity for maximum learning for both teacher and student. It is essential to discuss the student's progress, weaknesses and strengths with his/her teacher so that I can fully understand where the child currently stands in terms of what is expected.

My degrees include a BS in history and education with a minor in English, and an MA in education. I taught school for 25 years, but also worked as a researcher/writer in the Penn State Foundation for six years. In addition to teaching first, second and thirds grades in elementary school, I taught sixth grade in middle school. While I loved each grade level, I would have to say that my two favorites were third and sixth.

My friends describe me as outgoing, humorous and optimistic. I love to read and discuss books, particularly non-fiction and historical fiction. I am very political, but have no desire to run for an office, and am passionate about particular issues. I excel in tennis, enjoy swimming and love walking our dog, Chloe. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with one or all of our six grandchildren who live in the Denver area. We see them often and enjoy watching the cousins interact with one another.

You can be assured that I will discuss your child's educational strengths and deficiencies with his/her teacher and keep communication open so that maximum benefit can be optioned.

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder
History
University of Colorado
Graduate Coursework
Adams State University
Master's

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder (History )

University of Colorado (Graduate Coursework)

Adams State University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Denver, CO 80237

Ann’s Subjects

History:
Social Studies
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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