While earning my "Management of Classroom Diversity" certificate, I applied skills and knowledge immediately to my students' individual reading lessons. All lessons were broken down into smaller units for specific skill development. Either working one-on-one or in a small group of three, every student maintained their focus by using concrete hands-on activities, materials, games and flash cards. Lessons were based on the individual ADD/ADHD student's learning style and learning pace with all subjects handled in this manner. When I was hired by a commercial tutoring center, I adapted my teaching styles and methods to suit each individual Special Needs student. Tutoring special needs students in the public school system involved creating visual organizers for easier retention of information. Venn diagrams, K-W-L-charts, and story webs are a few favorite organizers I used with the students. I assist ADHD and other special needs students to learn at their own pace while using the following strategies: 1)change task frequently, 2)keep short task times, 3)keep noise/distractions to a minimum, 4)move around when changing tasks, 5)assist in designing/creating best learning environment for each student, and 6)keep learning fun/interesting.
I earned my MBA from a local university in Sarasota, Florida and have tutored such students. There are many business related projects and topics that I am available to assist students with. My thesis called for research in the local community, creating data on charts and is titled, "Employee Empowerment: Likert Scale Comparisons of Three Selected Accounting Firms". I will gladly show my thesis to business students requesting tutor assistance in their general business studies.
When hired as a career development tutor/coach, my main job and focus is to mentor each individual student to achieve their desired goal(s). Based on each individual’s needs and goals, my background and knowledge prepares them for their necessary skill development and tests. Some skills my older students needed assistance in developing include: resume and cover letter writing, writing an interview thank you letter, viewing CDs for interview preparation, making an oral presentation using PowerPoint, study skills, textbook comprehension skills, and reducing test anxiety. With my Internet and computer savvy skills, my students have the option of checking online web sites, practice tests and resources that I find for them. I worked with a 23 year old male who needed assistance in obtaining his CDL; he couldn’t start his job until he passed all three sections of this test. By finding a professional CDL test prep book in the local downtown library and their associated website for practice tests, he passed all three sections after one tutoring session. My state college gal got an A on her oral presentation of a famous female Civil War heroine. We both studied her person from library books and viewing a CD on presenting oral reports; she wanted to try Power Point on her own and did fine. With my MBA degree, I know how to research topics and compile a list of resources for my career development students. My tutor sessions build self-esteem and confidence, coach behavior and attitude, meet goals and expectations along with offering encouragement when taking necessary tests; I take the tests when possible online and do a test analysis to make sure the student understands how to answer and what’s being asked of them. Check my profile to see how I may assist and tutor older students while formulating their specific career minded goals.
As a degreed family and consumer science teacher, I see a need to teach food, nutrition, and cooking basics to the general public. Learn how to follow basic recipes while using basic cooking methods and techniques. Know what ingredients can be altered without changing the quality or taste of the final product - a food you want to eat! Food allergies, special medical diets all require understanding basic nutrition facts. With hands-on activities, students learn how to shop and cook specifically for their eating needs.
After taking an updated reading course for grades K-12, teaching dyslexic students was immediately applied to my WyzAnt clients. I found the best teaching methods to be hands on, sequential thinking activities. I set structure in each student's individualized tutoring session based entirely on their current reading level and ability, reading comprehension, and problem-solving strategies. Repetition and practice are incorporated in sessions so that complete comprehension and understanding of newly acquired information and skills is achieved.
K-6 Elementary is my main area of teaching as I have 22 years experience in this field. Young students learn best with hands on activities, rotated with different teaching methods and learning styles. These students also use their senses to keep all learning at the concrete level. Short attention spans are addressed by a change of pace with each lesson given in precise easy to follow instructions for completing all tasks. A fun environment includes singing, reading aloud, and moving around to find answers/solutions to problems. Structured and unstructured/spontaneous activities are provided at each tutoring session. I provide a variety of learning experiences, as I create many of my own activities, games, stories, etc.
English involves comprehension of the written word along with learning rules of grammar, punctuation and capitalization. The student must be able to construct sentences properly while utilizing correct word sequencing. Meaning is lost when misplaced modifiers, double negatives, incorrect verb tense, and other grammar mistakes are not noticed before submitting written assignments. While a dictionary and/or thesaurus assists with word spellings and meanings, they do not show construction of proper sentences. Teaching students of various backgrounds and cultures goes hand in hand with my 22 years of teaching English.
As an experienced educator and tutor, I want successful students. I took the online practice GED tests plus all the paper copy ones in Peterson's 2010 GED book that I took out of the library. I passed all the tests and then analyzed each one. The Math Part 1 calculator test is one that requires lots of practice time. The student has to be comfortable using a calculator, understand the answer wanted and how to put in the correct info. The calculator's used only to simplify the calculation process; Math Part 2 is all manual calculations. Only correct answers are considered so if the entire test isn't completed, blank answers don't affect the passing grade. All the other GED sections require test taking savvy skills. I review study skills, 10 reading strategies for test comprehension and teach skimming for test answers. Using these skills while taking GED practice tests, creates positive results while building confidence in the students.
Rules of English Grammar include parts of speech, punctuation and capitalization. both speaking and writing English have familiar sentence structure components to confirm the student's exact intended meaning. A spoken grammar mistake can easily be "fixed" as a comment about nerves, being tongue tied, etc., a written mistake is directly "in your face"! Going over all parts of speech is the first approach in my grammar lessons. Punctuation and capitalization follow in sequential lessons with plenty of review too.
Once a written assignment is completed,it should be put aside for a few days and then taken out when "two sets of eyes" are ready to begin the proofreading process. Today's software has many bells and whistles to assist in creating professional looking documents. However, there are still published books/booklets, brochures, medical hand-outs, etc., that lose their professional look/style when mistakes are noticed and found by the general public. This in turn, gives the impression of not paying attention to detail and/or not caring about a professional image. Twenty two years as both a teacher and published author/poet gives me excellent proofreading skills.
At some point, public speaking will be in all aspects of the working world regardless of the industry. Going back for my MBA degree, all classes required public speaking skills. Educators are starting major class projects including a public speaking component, as low as grade 2. Adults seeing this need are making a wise decision. Analyzing the audience, the topic, the fears a student may have, and organizing speech material are covered in individual, sequential lessons. Controlling nerves, knowing different practice methods and using props are special lessons accompanied with appropriate hand-outs. Public speaking has become a necessary skill, which I can assist any aged student in obtaining.
Reading is the cornerstone to learning as everything in the real world involves some type of reading activity. Phonics, vocabulary and spelling are all components of reading. The student must be able to speak before reading and know how to read before learning to write. Understanding the connection between written words and oral words, assists in improving reading fluency, speed and comprehension. As an educator with over 20 years of experience, I enjoy teaching reading as a very basic and much needed skill.
Learning to sew can be for crafts, personal projects, household items, current fashions or just for personal satisfaction of creating something by hand. Learn basic sewing methods, how to use commercially made patterns and how to read your sewing machine manual all from a degreed family and consumer science teacher. Reading patterns and fabric requirements is another step in learning to sew; I will guide you, step by step, in sewing your creations.
Special Needs students are encouraged to do their own work at their own pace. "Special Needs Appropriate Practices" is a course for Florida teachers that maintain all children are to be included in all activities with adaptations and modifications made to the teaching environment, methods and materials. These changes are to be made to accommodate each child's special needs. I took this course and make the necessary changes based on each individual child's special needs assessment so that all tutored lessons are geared towards a specific skill. My lessons coincide with the IEP (Individualized Education Program) given to the family by either the school or agency they're working with. My lessons also offer a variety of concrete activities, given with simple directions and demonstrations. Each lesson is structured for a specific task to be taught in an extended time frame and includes time for repetition. At the conclusion of each lesson, I ask open ended questions to confirm the student's comprehension; anything missed is planned for the next tutor session.
I worked part time at a commercial tutoring center when I was an adult university student. Study skills were taught and reviewed at each tutoring session. These skills are needed by all age groups, grades and subjects. While volunteering at a local school, study skills were constantly reviewed as a prep for the FCAT exams. Most students need strategies for taking exams and what to do when stuck for an answer. I review practices and strategies as study guides at each lesson.