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I graduated in May, 2010 with my Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I have three children; two teenage daughters and a twelve year old son. I had wanted to major in education for my undergrad degree, but was unfortunately talked out of it. I ended up in a field that did not suit me. I have, gradually through the years, been working my way back to my dream of teaching. I have been a P.T.A. committee member, a lunch mom, a substitute teacher in Schaumburg District 54, and an instructional assistant for five years. My student teaching was in Roselle, and it was the most wonderful experience! I relate very well to children. I believe in teaching to each child's individual learning style, and helping the student learn how to study by personalizing the material being taught.
I have recently received my Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I received a grade of A in every class, including my student teaching. I conducted an action research project on the use of writer's notebooks to improve detail in students' writing. By the time I concluded the study, even the most reluctant writers were asking me when we were going to have writing next. The improvement in the detail in their writing was significant. I am an excellent teacher of reading, grammar, vocabulary, phonics, science and math. The students in my student teaching class all did very well on the standards based assessments that I gave them, even the lower students. I teach to every different learning style. I am not a math wiz. I could not teach trigonometry, but I am great at teaching elementary math. I understand what the students who "don't get it", don't understand. I use manipulatives as often as possible, and teach each concept in several different learning styles.
I recently received my Master of Arts in Elementary Education. I received an A in all of my classes, including my reading classes. I did weeks of my required observations with a reading specialist who used phonics programs. I've written and taught phonics lessons. While I was an instructional assistant, I worked on a regular basis with two boys, using a phonics program to improve their reading.
My son has a form of Dyslexia. I noticed this when he was three years old and I started to teach him phonics. He was such a bright boy that I knew something was wrong when he could not decode words. I've worked with his teachers through the years to help him become a reader. He is twelve now, and is reading at the lower end of his grade level. He has made drastic improvements.
I believe that a teacher should teach her students everything, and that includes how to study. It begins with organization. Many students need to be shown how to organize their materials. If a teacher wants her students to measure something, she must model how to do it and then guide the students as they do it, before they are ready to measure on their own (even many students in junior high need this with measuring). Most students just don't know how to study for a test, and think that just reading will work. I believe that using as many of their senses as possible will ingrain the knowledge into their brains. Students should read, write, and say out loud what they are trying to learn. If they are kinestetic learners, then they should be allowed to move around, or act out what they are learning. Each student needs to make what he is learning his own. Students need to be taught how to personalize what they are learning. In one of the math classes I took for my Masters, I studied by making up acronyms, drawing pictures, or making up stories. As a visual learner,(most people are), these things helped me remember and then get A's on my tests. Another woman in my class laughed at me when I showed her some of my tricks, but after the first test, she told me that she had actually used my "come to mommy" trick for remembering some symbols. Before the next test, she said, "All right, what have you got?" Others in the class wanted to see what I came up with too because these methods work.
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