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I have worked with students with ADD in a special education class as an assistant teacher and as a camp counselor. I am knowledgeable of their needs, limitations, and capabilities.
Anatomy is really interesting to me. It is really rewarding to find out how one's body works through science. I took this subject as part of a biology class in high school and still retain a lot of the knowledge and interest gained.
I have work experience at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois as an assistant teacher to students with learning disabilities. I was highly recommended for this position as a result of my previous work there as an assistant teacher. I helped students with basic coursework, as well as escorting them to museums and other excursions throughout the semester. In addition to working with a special education class, I have specific job training as a camp counselor in understanding the signs of aspergers and other learning disabilities.
I have extensive work experience with autistic students, as well as with other students with special needs. As an assistant teacher at New Trier High School, I helped out in an ELS and Special Education class in which I helped students with unique learning capabilities. I was also a camp counselor in two different camps for campers with special needs, one at New Trier and one at the North Shore Special Education District and Recreation Association (NSSED/NSSRA). Campers' ages ranged from 3 to 21 years old. I have a wide knowledge of the challenges that face special needs children and how to help them overcome obstacles. Autism was one of the most common disabilities among the campers, and I was assigned to two students with autism whom I escorted on excursions to the park, zoo, museums, and pool.
Biology was one of my favorite classes in high school. It never lost my interest as a study and I almost majored in this in college. I would be more than happy to help any students with their high school or grade school biology homework.
I have a specific educational background in reading the classics; Darwin and Plato, to name a few. I attended Shimer College, known as a Great Books school, in which we only read original texts that covered the subjects we were studying. I have read Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Darwin, Lamarck, Conklin, Marx, and many others in a college setting using the Socratic method.
I have an extensive background in teaching students with unique learning capabilities. Part of my work experience includes working with languages and teaching students with dyslexia. Dyslexia at its best is a constant annoyance, but at its worst it can interfere with learning to a distraction. My experience with teaching students with dyslexia requires much patience and listening skills. Dyslexia is incurable, but luckily I have discovered ways of helping others overcome some of its unhappy side effects.
I have worked at a YMCA as a daycare provider for young children from six weeks to ten years old. I also worked as a camp counselor for children 3-4 years of age. I am very attentive and work well with all children. I have the ability to listen to a child's needs and offer helpful solutions.
I have both paid and volunteer experience working with young children learning to do basic math. I love working with children, and I feel that I am more than qualified to handle math problems up to a certain point in high school.
I have experience teaching grade school children in all subjects after school, and I have a great enthusiasm for science, especially biology.
I worked as an assistant teacher for a high school ESL class for a semester. The students were from all over the world and had varying levels of English comprehension. They were a combined group of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The tasks I performed were very diverse and ranged from reading aloud to the class, editing student papers, preparing teaching materials, and answering questions pertaining to grammar and reading comprehension.
I love everything French! I am an enthusiastic speaker and attend a monthly discussion for francophiles spoken entirely in French. I encourage others to become more culturally aware, and learning French is a great way to do this. I have taken French for twelve years, in grade school, high school, and college. The grammar is often much simpler than English and is very easy to teach. The spelling, as well, follows a known structure and pronunciation is easy for avid learners to achieve.
I have used my own personal laptop since I was fourteen, for about eight years. I am now on my third laptop and have an excellent grasp of computer usage that includes the Internet. Most of my specified knowledge pertains to Apple products (MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.), but I have used other types of computers in the past and I have no trouble operating these systems either. I have experience tutoring senior citizens in basic computer skills, which requires a rudimentary understanding of how people use computers.
I took geometry as a summer school class in high school. Because it was a comprehensive class but with less weeks to learn than in the school year, I came home every day with five to eight hours of homework each night. It was extremely trying, but I worked hard and eventually earned an "A" in the class. Geometry takes patience, and luckily that it is something I have always had.
I have a genuine love of grammar and proper sentence structure. I have read numerous books on grammar usage, and have taught many students about correct forms of speech (What is a verbal exactly?). I highly recommend Lynne Truss's book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, for students looking for a no-nonsense approach to learning grammar.
I love to read books, and novels in particular tend to speak to me the most. I have experience tutoring an ESL class in which we read the book, "Buried Onions," by Gary Soto, a simple read for native speakers but a tool for learning vocabulary for the students of our classroom. I myself have a love for classical literature. Some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Flannery O'Connor, and Charles Dickens. I love to pick up a book and read for several hours when I have the chance.
I am an experienced Microsoft Office user, and as such I understand how to create presentations with PowerPoint. I have created several class presentations using this software, which makes visual aids a breeze. One may add images, text, or music to any slide. It's a great way to both emphasize main points and remind the speaker of different points in his speech/presentation.
I use Microsoft Word on a daily basis. I find it an excellent tool for writing papers, making notes for classes, and more personal use that includes creative writing and prose. I currently have the most up-to-date Microsoft Office software, and I love using this application in particular.
Phonics are vital to understanding the nuances of any language, and it is always better to learn sooner than later. I have always used my language skills to my advantage. As an ESL assistant teacher, I would read aloud passages from one of our books to students. This required an understanding of phonics and how words are spoken.
I always enjoyed my algebra homework. It was so fun to combine like terms and come up with a solution to "x." I am very qualified to teach prealgebra and I think it would be very rewarding to teach someone this!
As an assistant teacher for ESL, my job description included a lot of proofreading student papers. I also provided one-on-one instruction about the numerous rules and exceptions to the rules in the English language. For example, did you know that the rule "i before e except after c" has more exceptions than examples?
I took two psychology classes in high school, and I retain most of the introductory knowledge of conditioning, areas of the brain, and famous experiments such as the infamous Milgram experiment. One of the most important things to learn about these experiments is what constitutes an ethical (as opposed to unethical) experiment.
I took a public speaking class as a freshman in high school. This later inspired me to join my school's debate team, where I participated in both speech and debate tournaments. The range of debates I participated in includes Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Student Congress. At my first Student Congress tournament I won second-best speaker, a very sought-after accomplishment. At my speech tournaments I engaged in Extemporaneous Speech, Impromptu, and an Original Oratory, in which I designed an eight-minute speech and delivered it orally to judges.
I have a love of reading that extends to teaching reading and reading aloud to children and students. I have excellent skills in phonetics, comprehension, and spelling. I try to make learning easy for the student and am aware of multiple facets of learning. Everyone learns in a different way and it is important to know how someone learns in order to know how to teach.
I played soccer from first grade to sophomore year of high school, for ten years. Within this time I played for five different teams, and at one time I was on three teams at once, all meeting during the same season. During this time I was playing soccer six days a week. I love exercise and appreciate the value of dedication and commitment this sport requires.
I have three years' experience in learning Spanish, both in high school and college settings. I am able to hold a wide variety of conversations in Spanish, and I am well versed in grammar and pronunciation. I would recommend my Spanish services to beginners in the language.
I have work experience at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois as an assistant teacher to students with learning disabilities. I was highly recommended for this position as a result of my previous work there as an assistant teacher. I helped students with basic coursework, as well as escorting them to museums and other excursions throughout the semester.
I have experience teaching English usage to students, and this obviously includes spelling. I have tutored both grade school and high school students in spelling, and I encourage students to look up words in the dictionary if they are unsure. I also am able to suggest definition clues based on the word's origins and roots. For example, the English word "respiration" contains the Latin root "spire," meaning "to breathe."
I have had a lot of experience tutoring students, and we tend to use many tactics in order to get the lesson across. I have worked both one-on-one with students and in a classroom environment. I have limited experience in study skills for the ACT or other such exams.
I have a very good vocabulary that includes a basic knowledge of root words and origins of words. This allows me to roughly estimate definitions of words I do not know, although it is rare that I come across a word whose definition I am entirely unsure. It also allows me to explain to a student why a word means what it does and its relationship to other words similar to it.
I love to write. I have professional experience writing papers and writing resumes, but also personal experience writing stories and poetry. I have professional skills editing student papers, and have worked on two high school newspapers as both editor and writer.