I have taught regular and special education in grades kgn. through 8. I teach so students understand what they are doing and how to do it in a way that it makes sense to them. I use a variety of ways to see that material is mastered before a student moves on. Students can learn by using strategies which work best for them. I do a lot of modeling for students to help with their understanding of material. Students can feel comfortable knowing I will work with them for as long as needed to see them progress and that I will be patient while doing so. If material is presented in a manner that students can understand and relate to it, they can achieve.
I recently took early retirement to have more time for family, however; I would still like to work with students as it has been such a big part of who I am. Working with various grades has helped me in realizing what works best at different levels. Working in special education has helped me teach so students understand what they are doing and why they are doing so when completing assignments or mastering new material. I did tutor students that I worked with as a special education resource teacher and via word of mouth, many years ago and I would enjoy doing it again.
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