I am an educator with 20+ years of experience and am looking for opportunities to tutor students in language arts, including reading, writing, and spelling, as well as in elementary math. I have training as a literacy intervention specialist and currently tutor students who are struggling to learn to read. Additionally, I also tutor elementary math and writing to both children and adults. I am an Adult Education instructor at Richland Community College, where I teach math and reading foundations to GED and ESL students. I love working one-on-one with students and and have seen exciting progress in students with whom I have worked.
Early in my career, I got my Ph.D. in psychology and taught psychology at the college level. I soon realized that although I enjoy teaching psychology, even more, I enjoy teaching the skills that allow students to become excellent students and communicators: writing, research, and if needed, reading and spelling. I also had the opportunity to teach an inter-disciplinary writing course to first year college students for about a decade, and this further fed my love of helping students become proficient writers and communicators.
When my children were young, 15+ years ago, I left academe to homeschool my children. Being able to work one on one with my students, and teaching to meet their individual needs was very satisfying to me. Those years of homeschooling allowed me to unleash the creativity in teaching that can be done when working with either small groups of students or with individual students. Along the way, I have had a lot of fun helping my students learn to read, write and spell, as well as understand and solve math problems, and have gotten considerable experience working with students who respond best to individualized instruction.
Now my children are all in public school or college, and so I am again able to teach others. Even though I consider myself primarily a language arts instructor and coach, I have more recently found math tutoring to also be very enjoyable.
Since students' learning styles and ways of learning vary a great deal, many different approaches and tools can be useful. When teaching reading and spelling, I find that using techniques including visual, auditory and sensory/hands-on learning work best for many learners. Some struggling readers and spellers, including those who are dyslexic, need very specific and detailed instruction, and I am trained to give such training using multi-sensory techniques. Whenever possible, I also like to use games as a learning tool. When teaching writing, I start out having students work with models of writing rather than start from scratch since getting started is often the hardest aspect of writing. There are many oral tasks which use the same brain cognitive skills as writing, but are frequently more enjoyable for students than writing. I prefer hands-on math and games, but will also use written work once the student understands a concept.
While I have a number of tools that I am comfortable using, I am also accustomed to finding/creating new tools to meet individual needs that don't respond to the tools I have in my toolbox. Most of all, I want students to see the relevance of the skills they are crafting to their own experience and for their educational tasks to meet them where they are in their skill development.
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