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Sharon F.

Reading and Math Specialist: I Can Help You Learn Faster & Better!

Boca Raton, FL (33433)

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Do you get anxious, fearful, frustrated, and overwhelmed when you have to learn or study? I can help you become self-confident and knowledgeable. I use brain research to give you tricks for learning and remembering. I will teach you in any of the following: K-9 math, reading, vocabulary, grammar, reasoning, and emotional development. You will use your visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic senses and I will help you connect what you previously learned to new skills. This makes the knowledge stick like glue so you will be able to use what you learned to improve your scores on tests, explain how you get solutions to problems, and learn higher level content more easily.

How did I get my skills? Before retiring and becoming an independent contractor, I was trained in techniques for teaching gifted students as well as remedial students. I also studied brain research and did extensive reading on cognition and emotional intelligence.

I began my career teaching reading and mathematics to gifted and remedial students throughout Grades K-6. I became a staff developer and trained grades K-12 teachers in instructional strategies for improving children's ability to learn. Subsequently, I took more courses and workshops, got another two degrees, and became a Supervisor of educational planning. I restructured education programs in schools and districts throughout NY City and State. Students in these initiatives improved significantly in their performance over those not involved in these programs.

I am currently an adjunct professor, teaching math courses in Garden City, NY during the summer and fall school terms. I have a consulting business too, where I focus on teaching skills in self-control, overcoming obstacles, coping, stress management, and organization to improve learning and well-being for children and adults.

I am available in South Florida during the months of January through April and in and near Long Beach, New York from June through December.

I look forward to meeting and working with you. I can assure you it will be an enjoyable and immediately useful experience!

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Sharon’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
GED, TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Language:
TOEFL
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary

Algebra 1

In algebra, we study rules of operations and relations and we develop an understanding of concepts and constructions. We learn terms, polynomials, equations, and algebraic structures. In algebra, the concept of variables is introduced. Variables represent numbers and generalizations can be made using the rules of operations, i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The generalizations (patterns) are applied in solving linear and quadratic equations.

My teaching methods include showing students how to make connections with concepts that they have previously learned. This makes it much easier to understand the new ideas and apply them. I also use a strategy called "chunking", which helps students remember what is taught. Together, we will have a successful outcome!

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an NYC and NY State Certification in Common Branches, which encompasses elementary school subjects. I taught elementary school for 18 years. As a Supervisor of Education Planning for the next 12 years, I worked with elementary schools and districts to design action plans to improve their instructional programs. I also provide Professional Development for elementary school teachers and administrators.

Elementary Math

As a professional development specialist, I have been training teachers in how to teach math to elementary students for many years. I use manipulative materials to help children move from the concrete to the abstract understanding of concepts. I have always focused on the NYS standards and now have moved to the national Common Core Standards. The Common Core standards are new and being advocated throughout the country.

I also am teaching a college course on Problem Solving approaches to mathematics for elementary school teachers this summer at Nassau Community College.

English

English encompasses phonics, grammar, sentence structure, proofreading, writing, decoding, listening, speaking, and reading comprehension.

Comprehension includes recalling information and understanding what is read, the ability to use application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. These comprehension skills come from Bloom's Taxonomy, which was developed in the 1950's and has been recently updated. The taxonomy is still held in high esteem by educators throughout the country.

I have used Bloom's Taxonomy throughout my teaching career and have also incorporated best research practices from the "Seven Principles of Learning".

Grammar

As a City and State certified teacher, I developed and implemented a remedial reading and math program for first graders. I also taught first grade for a Magnet program for Gifted and Talented students in Brooklyn, NY. To work in this particular position, I was trained in numerous instructional strategies across content areas, studying Renzulli and learning specialized instructional strategies. In addition, I have taught Special Education courses as an adjunct professor for the Effective Teaching Program, sponsored through the NYS United Teachers Association. Teaching reading,writing, speaking, and listening skills involves grammar and is essential for comprehension and communication. Appropriate use of pronouns, tenses, and sentence structure helps students understand others as well as be understood by them. The language-experience approach, close activities, and role-playing are a just a few strategies helpful in learning grammar.

Phonics

As a City and State certified teacher, I developed and implemented a remedial reading and math program for first graders. I also taught first grade for a Magnet program for Gifted and Talented students in Brooklyn, NY. To work in this particular position, I was trained in numerous instructional strategies across content areas, studying Renzulli and learning specialized instructional strategies. In addition, I have taught Special Education courses as an adjunct professor for the Effective Teaching Program, sponsored through the NYS United Teachers Association. Teaching reading using phonics incorporates visual cues, sound reproduction and differentiation, as well as helping students make connections by accessing their prior knowledge. Phonics is integral to learning to read. Research shows the language-experience approach is helpful, but phonics must be included.

Prealgebra

In pre-algebra, we study rules of operations and we develop an understanding of concepts. We learn terms, i.e., the language of mathematics, such as variables, constants, terms, equations, and algebraic structures. The concept of variables is introduced. Variables represent numbers and generalizations can be made using the four rules of operations, which include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These generalizations are extremely useful for recognizing patterns. Seeing patterns helps us understand procedures as opposed to memorizing what to do. Math becomes more fun and easier because we understand it.

My teaching methods include showing students how to make connections with concepts that they have previously learned. This makes it much easier to understand the new ideas and apply them. I also use a strategy called "chunking", which helps students remember what is taught. Together, we will have a successful outcome!

Public Speaking

I am a known speaker and professional developer, having presented for teachers and administrators of all grade levels in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and Detroit, Michigan. With more than 30 years in public education, I have presented on topics including overcoming obstacles, generating our own power to achieve what we desire, instructional strategies for teaching and learning, mathematics instruction, and developing plans for improving educational systems. I was a teacher, a facilitator, and a staff developer prior to becoming a NYC Chancellor’s Designee for the Division of Instruction and Professional Development, an Instructional Specialist for Corrective Action Schools, a Chancellor’s District Liaison to the Urban Systemic Initiative, a member of the New York State Education Department's Steering Committee on educational planning, and a Supervisor for Nassau BOCES' Title III initiative. Upon retiring from the public education system, I became a Professional Development Specialist for The Princeton Review, collaborating with my team to create and conduct leadership training seminars for school administrators. My implementation of research-based best practices has resulted in improved test scores and enhanced abilities to succeed in life for both children and adults.

Reading

Reading encompasses phonics, grammar, sentence structure, proofreading, writing, decoding, and reading comprehension.

Comprehension includes recalling information and understanding what is read, the ability to use application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. These comprehension skills come from Bloom's Taxonomy, which was developed in the 1950's and has been recently updated. The taxonomy is still held in high esteem by educators throughout the country.

I have used Bloom's Taxonomy throughout my teaching career and have also incorporated best research practices from the "Seven Principles of Learning".

Spelling

Spelling in English can be difficult because we have words called homophones, which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings, such as "beet, beat", and "through, threw". We can learn these spellings more easily when we see the words in a sentence and can figure out what they mean. This technique is called contextual clues.

English also contains words that look alike but have different meanings and therefore, must also be learned in context. An example includes: "I read every day," and "I read yesterday."

Another strategy is learning prefixes, suffixes, and roots. These help us with vocabulary as well as spelling.

Phonics is a method for sounding out words and writing those sounds. We can apply phonics in learning to spell.

There are many rules we can use to spell more effectively. Spelling can be fun when we have tools to support us.

Study Skills

As a City and State certified teacher, I developed and implemented a remedial reading and math program for first graders. I also taught first grade for a Magnet program for Gifted and Talented students in Brooklyn, NY. To work in this particular position, I was trained in numerous instructional strategies across content areas, studying Renzulli and learning specialized instructional strategies. In addition, I have taught Special Education courses as an adjunct professor for the Effective Teaching Program, sponsored through the NYS United Teachers Association.

As an adjunct professor and instructional specialist, I have developed and implemented workshop in study skills. Methodologies include designing visual and auditory cues, organization techniques, highighting, note-taking, and study cards.

Appropriate study habits improve comprehension,retention, and application of concepts and skills.

Vocabulary

As a City and State certified teacher, I developed and implemented a remedial reading and math program for first graders. I also taught first grade for a Magnet program for Gifted and Talented students in elementary schools in Brooklyn, NY. I was trained in numerous instructional strategies across content areas, studying Renzulli and learning specialized instructional strategies. In addition, I have taught Special Education courses as an adjunct professor for the Effective Teaching Program, sponsored through the NYS United Teachers Association. I also became an instructional and professional development specialist during my career in education.

Vocabulary development is essential for commmunication and learning. Roots, prefixes,suffixes, and contextual clues are all necessary for a successful outcome.

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Education

City University of New York, Brooklyn College

City University of New York, Brooklyn College (Master's)

CCNY (Other)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Sharon will travel within 15 miles of Boca Raton, FL 33433.

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