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I hold a BSC in special education through the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have 4 years of experience teaching literacy, math and social studies at various elementary schools in Columbia Missouri as a substitute special education teacher. As a student intern, I also taught at the Missouri school for the blind, where I taught braille, JAWS for windows (a speech program for the blind), math, literacy, and social studies. Later, I moved to California where I was an independent living skills teacher at the braille institute for 1 year.
I have also taught English as a second language in Columbia Missouri. My work as an ESL teacher was predominantly with immigrants from Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo and Haiti among other nationalities, who are looking to learn English in preparation for school or as a transition program before employment. I am bi-lingual, having an excellent ability to communicate and effectively teach English and Swahili proficiently. I have experience tutoring all levels of ESL from the basics to advanced levels. All lessons are 100% individual student centered.
I tutor all levels from building speaker confidence, daily living, and basic vocabulary to the more advanced levels of verbal literacy, accent reduction, reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, spelling, proof reading, and grammar.
As a special education teacher certified to teach K-12, and having the experience teaching ESL at an adult school, I am highly experienced, knowledgeable, and exposed to teach all ages and learning levels.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in special education. I am also licensed in Missouri and in the state of California in the cross categorical disabilities area which include training in teaching ADHD, autism, EBD (emotional/behavior disorders), learning disabilities and Mental challenged individuals (MR). I have taught numerous students with ADHD. Through the training I have in teaching ADHD, I am qualified in using various research-based, structured and specific instructional strategies to help children with ADHD. I was recently working with a student with ADHD who had very impulsive behavior and was constantly calling out on other students in the classroom. For this, I used one of the most effective teaching strategies and that is through teaching very clear and specific expectations. We not only teach the student that the current behavior is undesirable and incompatible to expectations, but we teach the desired behavior in a very structured way. We have to be specific, clear and precise to avoid confusion. I also use both informal and formal methods of assessment in order to monitor student progress. With ADHD students, rewards for positive behavior are paramount. This helps students feel more confident to keep on doing what is expected and also helps boost motivation.
I have a BSC in special education from the University of Missouri. I did my teaching internship at the Missouri school for the blind, where I taught braille 1 and 2 math and American English braille. Back in Kenya, I attended a 1 year braille training program at the Kenya society for the blind. There I learnt how to read math and English braille 1 and 2, how to type on a braille machine, and how to use a slate to write in braille. At the braille institute of America in California, I taught blind and partially sighted adults how to read and write in braille from January 2009- February 2010.
I am a special education teacher. In order to be licensed in the state of California, I had to take the CBEST exam so as to get the initial certification to teach mild-moderate disabilities for k-12 grades. I also have tutored students in English writing and reading, and this are major skills needed in passing the CBEST. As a math tutor, I have been prepared to teach students in algebra, geometry, problem solving and in basic trigonometry. Hence, after passing the cbest so well, and having worked to help many students who need help with this exam, I am confident that I have what it takes to help students pass well in this exam.
I have a BSC in special education from the university of Missouri-Columbia. My certification areas are in cross categorical disabilities K-12, which involve teaching students with ADD, dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities, mental challenge, autism and emotional and behavioral disorders. For about two years, I have taught in various schools while using systematic instructional strategies such as direct instruction to help students grasp concepts, in comprehension and in decoding of written and read material. I have also taught at the Missouri school for the blind and at the braille institute of America in California with visually impaired students. I can read and type in braille 1 and 2 of American English braille. I am also proficient in using various assistive technologies used by students with disabilities such as dragon and speak, JAWS for windows and various visual and audio aids.
As a special education learning specialist, I have taken several training workshops in my teaching career that helped me gain the knowledge on how to help my students get organized. These are essential workshops because most of my students have attention and memory problems and the strategies I use in the classroom have helped my students become more independent and organized. Some of the strategies I use in my classroom include teaching students focus skills through forming certain habits. For example, teach students importance of switching off their phones before class.
Time management - an important skill to learn. Teaching students this helps them understand the more work they can get done in school, for example, the less work they have to do at home.
The study skill of self-assessment: help students understand importance as it helps them know what they know, what they do not know, and what they need to do in order to catch up with learning.
Teach them the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem - when they learn to believe in themselves, they can be successful in school.
For students struggling with organization of their assignments, I have used certain study skills strategies to help them get organized.
Introducing students to the use of multiple binders. I use binders with different colors to help students identify where their notes and assignments are. I.e. in my classroom, one of my students has a red binder for math, a blue one for English spelling, and a green one for art.
Use of calendars and planners: The ones I am using now with my students are double sided - one side for weekly work, and the other for monthly recording. Each monthly calendar has a different color as well.
Expose students to how they can use available technology, such as smart phones to set alarms, use calendar, etc.
This are just but a few of the study skills strategies I have used in my classroom and they have been highly effective.
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