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Daniel L.

Chicago, IL

$48/hr

Reading Specialist, Writing, Math Teacher/Tutor

Background check passed as of 11/29/13
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Reading Specialist, Writing, Math Teacher/Tutor

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My philosophy about tutoring is that it should be something educational with a positive vibe. Students today have a lot of pressure to perform in and out of school. We need to give our students help but also let them feel confident about what they do and who they are. I have 17 years teaching experience with K-8 students in the classroom and have also tutored students from ages 5-adult. I specialize in grades K-8 reading, writing, math, social studies, study skills, test prep, and 6-12 reading, algebra, geometry, social studies, study skills, and test prep. I have a track record of reading and math level gains as a classroom teacher, and I believe it is important to give students positive feedback and chances to discuss their thoughts and reasoning. I have a K-8 elementary education certificate with a middle school math endorsement, plus a K-12 reading specialist certificate.

Testimonials

"WOW!!"

- Debbie, Chicago, IL on 9/24/11

"Very good, versatile, relates well"

- Suzanne, Chicago, IL on 10/10/13

"Not a good fit"

- Kathleen, Chicago, IL on 7/21/13
Daniel replied on 7/24/2013

To be fair, the client did not give me details of how I could help her son. I told her I might be late and she agreed on the new time. I was within the time given. I spent the hour evaluating him based on what I knew. Other clients have emailed me an IEP before the first lesson so I would be ready to instruct. It was not a good fit and I wished her well in the future.

"Very patient and encouraging! "

- Rosey, Chicago, IL on 5/6/13

"Very patient my son valued his time with him"

- Angela, Glenview, IL on 12/17/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Psychology
Computer:
Desktop Publishing,
Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Special Needs
Business:
Career Development,
Economics, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Economics, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development,
GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
Economics, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

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.

Algebra 1

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.

Career Development

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.

Chess

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.

Cooking

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.

Desktop Publishing

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.

Ear Training

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

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.

English

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.

General Music

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.

Guitar

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.

Prealgebra

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.

Public Speaking

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.

Reading

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.

Social Studies

I am a certified teacher with experience teaching Social Studies. Most of my experience is in 7th grade, but this past September through December I was teaching Social Studies to grades K-8, quite a task. I have taught many subjects such as The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, Indians, Communities, American West, Civil Wat, Revolution, Colonies, World and U.S. Geography, Early Civilizations, Explorers, Slave Trade, and other areas as well. I have a good working knowledge of most Social Studies subjects.

Special Needs

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.

Study Skills

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.

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Northeastern IIlinois University Certified Teacher
Elementary education
Northeastern IL University
Master's

Education

Northeastern IIlinois University Certified Teacher (Elementary education)

Northeastern IL University (Master's)

WOW!! — We just received our son's ISAT scores and were thrilled to see that his score "Exceeds Standards". Not only did he do well, but he felt more confident on the Language Arts portion of the exam. Thanks again for all your help. ...

— Debbie, Chicago, IL on 9/24/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $48.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60659.


About Daniel

My philosophy about tutoring is that it should be something educational with a positive vibe. Students today have a lot of pressure to perform in and out of school. We need to give our students help but also let them feel confident about what they do and who they are. I have 17 years teaching experience with K-8 students in the classroom and have also tutored students from ages 5-adult. I specialize in grades K-8 reading, writing, math, social studies, study skills, test prep, and 6-12 reading, algebra, geometry, social studies, study skills, and test prep. I have a track record of reading and math level gains as a classroom teacher, and I believe it is important to give students positive feedback and chances to discuss their thoughts and reasoning. I have a K-8 elementary education certificate with a middle school math endorsement, plus a K-12 reading specialist certificate.

Testimonials

"WOW!!"

- Debbie, Chicago, IL on 9/24/11

"Very good, versatile, relates well"

- Suzanne, Chicago, IL on 10/10/13

"Not a good fit"

- Kathleen, Chicago, IL on 7/21/13
Daniel replied on 7/24/2013

To be fair, the client did not give me details of how I could help her son. I told her I might be late and she agreed on the new time. I was within the time given. I spent the hour evaluating him based on what I knew. Other clients have emailed me an IEP before the first lesson so I would be ready to instruct. It was not a good fit and I wished her well in the future.

"Very patient and encouraging! "

- Rosey, Chicago, IL on 5/6/13

"Very patient my son valued his time with him"

- Angela, Glenview, IL on 12/17/12
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Education

Northeastern IIlinois University Certified Teacher
Elementary education
Northeastern IL University
Master's

Education

Northeastern IIlinois University Certified Teacher (Elementary education)

Northeastern IL University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60659

Daniel’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Psychology
Computer:
Desktop Publishing,
Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Special Needs
Business:
Career Development,
Economics, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Economics, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development,
GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
Economics, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Daniel’s Resources

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