I received a B.S. in elementary education from Northern Ill. University. I have a current 03 teaching certificate. I am highly qualified K-8, English, Reading and Language Arts. I also have an ESL approval on my teaching certificate and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
I have taught fourth grade for eight years, as well as ELL grades K-5 for 2 1/2 years. I have tutored both elementary and adult students in reading, math grades 1-4, and English as a Second Language.
I have the ESL approval, which is 18 graduate credit hours, on my elementary 03 certificate. This approval consists of coursework in ESL teaching methods, assessment, linguistics, culture, theory and practice. I have knowledge of polite Spanish.
I taught ELLs in an elementary district for 2 1/2 years in a TPI program grades K-5 at several different schools. During this time, I communicated with parents of my ELL students through conferencing and phone calls. With our ELL team, I put together and conducted workshops for the parents of ELLs as well as teachers and administrators in our district to explain the theory of ESL and how it worked. In addition, I administered the WIDA tests for placement of our ELL students. Of course, conferencing with the ELLs' classroom teacher(s) was always paramount.
Prior to that, I taught ADULT ESL for 7 years both in the classroom and workplace at all levels, including TOEFL test prep.
I have also tutored ESL students, both children and adults.
I have extensive experience teaching language arts at the elementary level. I have also taught English as a Second Language to elementary and adult students. In addition, I have tutored grammar successfully to both children and adults.
I employ best practices and use creative techniques. Some of these include games, phonics interventions such as Fundations, and technology.
I possess a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, plus a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. I am highly qualified in English, Reading and Language Arts. Phonics is an integral part of teaching reading, which is my strong suit. There are many ways that phonics can be made interesting to the student: through computerized games and activities, visual aids, and rewards.
I am familiar with the Wilson Reading Program and have had much success teaching/tutoring students in this program, particularly "Fundations."
My students have shown much progress in their knowledge of phonics and language arts as evidenced through gains in standardized test scores.
I have taken several courses in my teacher training on teaching reading. I have also kept abreast of the latest developments in teaching reading, such as differentiation and scaffolding. I am familiar with RTI and Wilson Reading, among other new advances in teaching reading.
I have always excelled at spelling. I love teaching language arts. I feel that spelling should be taught in context. It is fun to play games to teach spelling. Also, showing students how words are related to each other helps them to spell (e.g.,"animal" and "animation").
I have taught TOEFL prep. I feel that my students made much progress through using the TOEFL prep manual with my guidance. It is so important to not only learn how to SPEAK English, but how to Listen, Read, and Write English. This is the backbone of any good ESL program. The TOEFL is an excellent tool to improve all four aspects of the English language for the student.
Vocabulary is part of Language Arts, which is my strong suit. Vocabulary should be learned in context. Before reading a selection, a student should be familiar with the new vocabulary words. Then, games and/or worksheets can be used to reinforce the new vocabulary words.
My strong suit is teaching language arts, of which writing is a part. I have taught writing from the very basics (kindergarten) through advanced (essays, research papers).
Writing is an extension of speech. Technology can be used to help the student listen to his/her own speech. When the student can speak in complete sentences correctly, then he/she can be encouraged to write it down. At the primary elementary level, the language experience approach is used, in which the teacher records the student's speech.
At an advanced level, the student must be taught organizational strategies to write essays, etc. I have helped adults to learn how to write essays to pass the Compass and TOEFL exams.