I am a teacher...in the purist sense of the title. If I know about it, I will gladly teach you about it! And, I am even more passionate about learning! Identifying my student's areas of strength, and using these strengths to help improve their areas of weakness, is an effective strategy that has worked time after time with my students. My lessons are relevant to the learner, multi-sensory, interactive, fun and based on core curriculum standards. Also, they are almost always "new"... because I am always looking for innovative ways to teach a curriculum that is customized to suit the individual needs and interests of the learner(s).
Having worked in the field of Special Education for my entire adult life (20+ years), I am keenly aware that for parents who have been recently introduced to the world of Special Education, it can be overwhelmingly painful, confusing, and frustrating beyond reason! So, as an extension of my teaching role, I believe it is my privilege and obligation to teach parents and other interested adults about their child's educational rights, the services they are eligible to receive, their Individual Education Plan (IEP), community resources, and learning strategies to use at home. All of these details should be explained clearly and simply, but usually they are not! It is part of my professional mission to help the people who love and support my students, to put the pieces of the Special Education puzzle in order and make sense of the picture they see!
For people who need some help with study skills, standardized test prep, etc., I am certainly willing and able to help you develop study habits to help improve your testing abilities. An area of interest to me is "brain based learning." I have studied some current trends in both teaching and learning, and I would like to share with you some of the new strategies I have learned about learning.
Teaching is not my career choice... it is an integral part of my identity. In the past, I have explained it this way, "I am to teaching, what a child is to reaching, a pastor is to preaching, and a hacker is to breaching... it is just what we naturally do!"
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