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Teaching elementary education you teach all level of special needs. During my years as a classroom/ resource teacher I have taught ADHD children. Most of these children are smart but just can't stay settle. They have to move around. They cannot stay focused or on track. What I did with my ADHD students was give them special jobs assignments in the classroom that they were only assigned to do if they finish their work. This worked for me in most cases. It also helps to Talk with students, praise them when they are showing the appropriate behavior, let them know that you care, that you're concerned, and just treat them like children they are. Most of all, you have to make learning fun and exciting.
Most of my years as an experienced teacher were in grades PreK-4th. I taught Math resource to grades 1st-3rd for several years. During those years I was also a reading resource teacher to 1st-4th graders. As resource teacher, I had the privilege to be used as a replacement or substitute teacher to 5th and 6th graders.
All teachers that teach elementary education are required to some degree to have some knowledge of the basic subjects that are taught in grade schools. I was a math resource teacher for nine years. The student in my program made progress and some of them returned to the regular classroom. Once they learn the rules and concepts of the operations however, they have little or no struggles working math problems. I also went to workshops in different states to learn about new materials, new ideals, and new strategies on how to teach math to the students that I worked with on a day to day basis. I have a math endorsement in basic math; I also have a masters degree in elementary education.
During my years as an elementary teacher I basically taught grammar through Reading. I introduced the parts of speech. The students were asked to define the Parts of Speech and take to remembrance. Randomly during the reading period a student was asked to define a noun,verb,adjective,verb, etc.. and use in a written sentence. This was done until the class was comfortable with the Parts of Speech. They were then asked to identify the Parts of Speech in their essays and story writings. At this point, they were given proofreading and editing symbols to make corrections of their classmates stories and essays. This was done with red pens.
In teaching Phonics to my Kindergarten class. The alphabet and picture flash cards were presented to the class,alone with the sound for each letter of the alphabet. Once the class could recognize the letters and make the sounds for each letter. They were given a group of three letters. They were then asked to blend the sounds and letters together to form a word.
One of the requirements for teaching elementary education is to have some knowledge of all basic subjects. In teaching read to a child it is important that the child knows that he/she is reading for a purpose, and for comprehension, that includes details such as main idea, setting, characters, sequential order, etc. When a child can respond to the above correctly, they are reading with an understanding, not just calling words. During my career in education I was a reading resource teacher for first through fourth graders for many years. Many of these children made great progress and were able to return to the regular classroom working at grade level. Most of my years of teaching were in the fourth grade. While teaching fourth grade there were students each year that scored at an eighth grade level on the ISAT Test in both reading and math while under my instructions. I have a master's degree in elementary education with endorsements in the following subjects: English, Elementary Math, Language Arts, and Social Science. I loved and enjoyed my career as a teacher. I also enjoyed, and still do enjoy, educating inquiring minds and working with children.
During my college years my minor was special education. I studied the Exceptional Child, where I learned that the exceptional child can be above or below level. Both gifted and disabled children required a modified program in order for them to reach their full potential.
To help my fourth graders form a solid foundation in spelling, I gave on-going instruction in phonics, consonants and blends, vowels, long/short sounds, etc. Students wrote their spelling words on flashcards with the words that they had a problems spelling and broke the words into syllables on the flip side of the cards. This helped them to pronounce the words correctly. The students then had to look the words up in their dictionaries, define them and use them in writing complete sentences.
Good study skills should begin at an early age even prior to pre-kindergarten. The earlier a child begin studying the easier it is for him/her to form good work ethics and study skills. In elementary school most children have not developed good study skills therefore, it is left up to the teacher and the parents alone with the child to teach these skills to their students. It is important that children stay focus and take leaguable notes when a skill or concept is being taught. I also stressed asking questions when they did not understand what wasbeing taught. In the beginning of each school year Isend a letter via mail giving them an overview of the years requirements for their child to have a successful and pleasent school year. Alone with the letter is attached a list of study guides and tips parents and child.
In the classroom students are required to have tablets and folders for eachof the basic subject. The tablets were for taking notes in the classroom and the folders were for homework assignments. I taughts study skills through the homework assignments. The students were given a homework and a study guide for test each week for each of the basic subjects. They are to write their homework assignments for each subject under the appropriated days Monday through Thursday. Also on the homework sheet is a place for what to study for test. At the end of each class period information is given to the students in each class each day on what to study for the weekly test. For the unit test the students have the homework sheets for the month with study guides and tips to make studying easier and less stressful. Before each test the students are given ten minutes to review or study silently. I enjoyed my career in education I enjoyed working with children. Ienjoyed seeing the expressiuon on their faces when they completed a task they did not know that they could do.
In my experience as an elementary teacher. I used words from the four basic subjects reading, science, math, and soc. studies. These words were placed on a word wall from the weekly class assignments. The students were asked to define each word with the understanding that most words have more than one meaning. They were to give atleast two definitions for each word. To help them remember the words and definitions they were asked to write these words on index cards. Words on one side definitions on the other side. These words were kept in file containers to keep theire words in order by units. They were also,asked to use these words in sentences, in their creative writings, in their daily conversations and in illustrations. During free time they could drill each other on the words and definiations. On Fridays the words are removed from the word wall in each subject and the students are given five to ten words to define from the word wall. They were also to use these words in sentences or through illustrations. This is how I taught vocabulary words to the students in my fourth grade class.