I have experience with ADD/ADHD students in the classroom and with 1 on 1 tutoring. Focusing and breaking down assignments into smaller tasks and working through them together seems to work well for students. I am adept at asking probing questions on assignments to focus students for each task, and then helping students put the pieces together to complete the assignment. It takes time and patience to work this way, plus I include positive reinforcement all along the way to build confidence.
I have 11 years of experience teaching algebra to middle school students, am very service-oriented, and have tutored Algebra I as well. The important aspects of Algebra I, equations, variables, and solving equations with one or more solutions are areas I can help with. I have a minor in math and connect well with students, finding out their needs by asking questions and analyzing their work. I like to use Post Its to write notes for students to keep with them when they are working by themselves.
I have worked in two different careers. I have had extensive practice and research with types of careers and resources on the web. I know a lot about jobs and skills needed to excel in them. I have used career counselors and have a good knowledge of what one needs to think about and research about careers.
While I don't have certification in careers, I have extensive experience in my own career planning and research.
I have been interested in chess since 1995. I coached chess clubs in two of the elementary schools I taught at. The first chess club I created was an after school program that housed students from grades 3-8. We played in tournaments all around Chicago, and even won 11th place out of over 30 teams in a state competition at Whitney Young. I also coached at a second school where our 7th grade team competed in the CPS Area 4 competition. We did not win that day, but one of our players rated 33rd out of over 100 players. I am not as good as I used to be, but I can teach openings and strategies to use for beginners and intermediate players.
I have become a proficient cook from about 16 years ago. My specialties are simple but tasty and simple gourmet meals. I use recipes that my wife and I find online and from Food Network. Some examples of meals we enjoy are, Southwestern Beef (flank steak grilled and marinated with soy sauce, oil, garlic, cumin,...), Pork Tenderloin with Texas Pesto, Kickin' Chili with Guiness, chocolate, and beans, and Lasagna with four cheeses, three meats, and wine!
I grill in nice weather and cook indoors in the winter. I also make desserts such as Blueberry Bread Pudding and Mile High Pie.
I am a certified teacher with experience using desktop publishing for student worksheets, managing lists, flyers, professional development, parent letters, tests and quizzes, essays, class reports, grades, and literature reviews. I use Microsoft Word and Publishing and have used PrintShop Deluxe in the past.
I come from a musical mother who had perfect pitch. I had ear training at Roosevelt University when I was studying in the Jazz Studies Program. I have perfect pitch, and can learn songs on guitar from listening to them. I have played such instruments as cello, trombone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and drums. I have won competitions when I was young, receiving 1st place metals numerous times, and have taught myself to be proficient on guitar and bass guitar. I have also played in a number of rock bands and played in bars and clubs.
I have received a reading masters which allows me to teach students reading in grades K-12. I have taught and tutored students in reading from grades 3-8. I have taught Social Studies to grades K-8 in the past year. I am certified to teach elementary education to students in grades K-9 including math. I have a Middle School Math Endorsement as well.
All of my teaching and tutoring experience is in grades K-8. I have taught as a classroom teacher and have tutored elementary students before and after school.
I love literature and taught novels in Literature Circles at the 7th grade level. In high school, students need to hone their comprehension and writing skills, so I think it is important to work on both. I question students about what they've read and have them answer in order to see if there is understanding. I have worked with students in writing short answers to questions, and help students with writing formats with longer writing assignments. I like students to verbalize concepts to solidify understanding. We also work with literature devices that authors use in their writing.
I am a musician with experience playing in bands. I have played bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, cello, trombone, and drums. I come from a musical mother and have been able to use my musical ear to learn songs and songwriting theory. I listen to all kinds of music and enjoy the many styles such as classical, jazz, rock, blues, hip-hop, rap, country, reggae, bluegrass, salsa, and styles that blend some of them together. I own an extensive collection of music cds and tapes.
I have been playing guitar from about the age of twelve. I first learned by ear how to make chords. Later on, I played with others in high school and took music classes in college which taught me a basic knowledge of guitar.
I can teach basic and intermediate level guitar players. I cannot read music notes, but I can read chord charts.
Having taught algebra to 7th graders for eleven years, I have extensive experience assessing and evaluating students for what they need to focus on. Skills I have taught/tutored include fractions, decimals, percents, statistics, geometry, algebra equations, graphing, ratios, proportions, and projects.
I show students steps to solve problems and work at their level to improve skills that lead to independent decision-making and improvements on assignments, quizzes, and tests.
I have taken a public speaking class in college and I was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for seventeen years. A teacher speaks to the class and others each day and needs to be at ease and confident. Teachers also speak to colleagues in small groups and large groups.
I am also adept at speaking to larger groups of people, such as a whole school. I have done that as a Literacy Coach and as a teacher when performing on stage as a musician.
I am a Reading Specialist, so I can diagnose what level a student is reading at, then give instruction in any area, whether that is comprehension, decoding, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, or writing as well. I have many different resources to draw upon. I like to work with the student using the method of Reading, Writing, and Word Work to include all aspects of literacy in the hour. If students have special issues, I can spend more on them. Older students need more time for reading and thinking critically about what is read.
I have worked with special needs students in and out of the classroom. One needs to consult their IEP to find out how to teach the student. Depending on the needs, I am able to help the student, whether the needs may be beginning sounds, letters, or processing, to deficits relating to language, writing, mathematics, or social studies. I am a certified Reading Specialist with experience helping SPED students in math and reading-based subjects.
Being an elementary school teacher, I have prepped students each year in standardized testing. I have many strategies that work for taking these tests. To be able to do well on tests, sometimes it is important to learn how to take a test along with knowing what will be on it.
I am also skillful at teaching students how to study to learn material. There are outlines and other strategies that are helpful when studying for a subject. You need to learn these strategies to be able to understand and retain the material.