Our history is a remarkable story, meaningful to teach. I desire for all to know our past so that our future will be richer. You will begin by examining artworks & visuals. After picture analysis, you are well prepped to understand our historical record. History is a connected story. Tutoring involves comprehending the story, so that you know where we arrived from and where we are headed. I have 7 years of experience teaching American History in middle school & am certified in Social Studies.
A certified instructor in both elementary and middle grades, I have been teaching since graduation from college. Eight of these years gave me experience in a variety of middle school subjects: reading, writing, grammar, phonics. I have ample experience with children and teens, both as a classroom teacher & tutor. My methods include computer based reinforcement of concepts, games and manipulatives, plus assistance with assignments.
My BS ED degree includes a language arts concentration, thus my teaching license certifies me in this subject. I have eight years of English teaching experience in middle school; four years in high school instructing American Literature. As a tutor, I have one-on-one experience assisting with grammar, reading, writing & literature.
A native English speaker with 28 years as an ESL teacher, I have much experience aiding teens & adults gain English skills. My instruction is visual for I use PowerPoints which I have created. I have designed 3 websites in order to expose learners to music, listening activities, games and quizzes. My aim is to immerse pupils in English so that language is quickly acquired. An ESL endorsement is on my teaching certificate. My experience includes beginners to those preparing for TOEFL iBT.
Earlier in my career I taught in Europe for two years. My interactions with nationals, and especially my travels, made vivid impressions. The leaders of western civilization made great, positive contributions to our world. A good understanding of European History helps students understand many trends and movements. My desire is to make this come alive for learners. Utilizing great art and rich music are my initial tools to accomplish this.
My use of computer applications will help ease the difficulty of reading, language, and writing for GED students. My method is to assist you with your own materials, then use high interest applications to help you learn and experience success.
A solid understanding of Geography helps when approaching all social studies courses. In graduate school, teachers were given a test on map skills. I was pleased to have the highest score in that class. Maps are the beginning of the visuals I use in geography. Analysis of photographs, builds higher level thinking skills, plus a deep understanding of these geographical concepts: topography, climate, native species, natural resources, and people.
Government & Politics
My best tutoring experience with Civics was an ESL student who found reading difficult. He had no background in politics. Yet his current events project earned the highest grade in his class. Tutoring provided the structure to complete the task & the guidance to follow directions. The resulting grade greatly boosted the confidence of the learner. Certified in social studies, I've aided students with Civics, plus immigrants preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test & Naturalization Interview.
I have the patience to work with students as they learn the complexities of grammar. My use of board games and websites adds interest to a subject some pupils find boring. These resources provide the needed repetition to master grammar.
My current teaching license certifies me to teach language arts/English.
A certified language arts teacher, I instructed high school American Literature for four years. Even the oldest, most obscure selection has themes which are as modern as today's news or your last e-mail. Traditional discussions and the use of contemporary media are tools I use to make literature, reading & English come alive.
Coursework for my BS Ed and M Ed included classes in the teaching of reading. Emphasis on a phonics approached has ebbed and flowed during the years of my career. Yet, during the times phonics was in the scope and sequence of language instruction, it proved to be greatly helpful to the learners. My experience teaching phonics will be useful for families desiring this approach.
My most effective proofreading tutoring experience was with an adult on the board of directors of a homeowners' association. The volunteer work required much writing. My proofreading assistance saw that the documents communicated with correct usage. The student learned grammar and writing skills in the process. Project-based learning greatly helped this pupil in English.
My years as a teacher have provided forums to speak publicly. Often I receive affirmative comments from those in the audience. As a language arts teacher, yearly I design lessons to give pupils an opportunity to practice and perfect a classroom speech. Seeing learners grow and gain confidence in speaking is always rewarding.
My college & graduate coursework included numerous courses in the teaching of reading & phonics. Years of classroom experience have helped me to gain skills which can improve your reading ability. In tutoring, I often let the pupil make the reading selections, for text which is of high interest to the learner aids in raising their literacy level. I include graphic organizers & high level comprehension activities to increase critical thinking for elementary & all levels.
Spelling presently does not have the emphasis in formal education which it once did. My career started with ample instruction in this important skill. As a certified language arts/English teacher, I feel that the study of spelling is critical. My experience and guidance can help the present generation be strong spellers.
Study Skills - like SQ3R, Cornell Note Takers, and skimming / scanning - are invaluable tools to increase performance and memory. Assistance with time management is also very helpful. Tutoring is an optimum forum to see that a learner shows understanding of how to make these strategies work. Having been a teacher since age 22, I have seen understanding of these skills improve performance and confidence.
An ESL teacher for over two decades, I have experience tutoring immigrants through the complexities of the TOEFL iBT. The hard work required to improve language is made easier by my humorous, caring, and steadied approach. I provide the guidance to explain the unique procedures and provide repeated practice opportunities for the listening, speaking, reading and writing portions of this English test.
Vocabulary is best taught in the context of reading. Words are emphasized as they are presented in literature. Yet, in courses like TOEFL & history, it is necessary to learn great amounts of vocabulary. Students respond well to my use of graphic organizers and word walls. Both creatively assist in increasing English vocabulary.
World History is challenging. Much content is presented so quickly. My approach allows the learner to slow down to understand the story,& emotions, behind the dates & far away places. History should be presented as 1 connected story. This is my aim. My best success in tutoring history occurred when a student told me that I clearly explained the subject better than their teacher. Currently certified in social studies, I want to open up the world, & its history, for you.
Writing is like a sport. One must have lots of practice & coaching to become proficient. My experience includes guiding learners through the writing process. I assist pupils in improving their style & written communication skills by having them construct prose which will actually be read by someone. Composing a letter to a famous person, or a newspaper, bears much relevance to the learner. They're absorbed in the process & are willing to make revisions before the comments are 'published.'