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I have taught all grades from K through Community College level including classes in GED and Work Force locations. I have taught in low ability classes. I have worked with students having learning problems in the elementary school especially in Math and Reading.
I have taught all the subjects in the Elementary School. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with a Life License from the State of Indiana.
I have taught math in grades K-8 in many schools for about 30 years. I have also taught Remedial Pre-Algebra and Beginning Algebra for 5 years at the local Community College. I think that it is important to figure out problem areas of the student and then teach them what they do not know. You cannot expect a student to be able to work a problem if they do not have the basic in math. Math is a building block subject ....one thing works on the next stage.
I have worked with students trying to pass their GED exams. I have also worked with students that are out in industry which need help in the area of math especially to pass their tests for promotions on their jobs. I have also worked out in industry and know what the employers expect of their employees to be able to do a good job.
I have played organ since I was 7 years old. I have been a choir director and organist for over 10 years. I have taught music class in the elementary school. I have taught private organ and piano lessons for many years.
I have taught reading using phonics in the elementary school for over 20 years. A course in phonics was part of my degree. In the early years in the elementary school, I have taught the sounds of the letters to help the students become better readers. In later grades I used phonics to help the students be able to sound out unfamiliar words. If the student takes the word apart they are able to see and hear familiar parts of words which help them improve their reading ability. Sounds are combined to help the students add to their vocabulary quickly especially in the elementary level school.
I have taught Pre-algebra in Grades 7-8 and also for the last 5 years at the local Community College. I work with the students to find out their weak areas so we can solve problem areas. We can then attack them so we can have a good basis to learn new areas. Algebra is a building block subject. You must have a good foundation in order to understand a new item or new area of math.
I have done sewing for over 40 years. Formerly I would design garments by placing patterns together to make a new design. For many years I made all the clothes for my mother, my mother-in-law and myself. I also did most of the vestments and linens for our parish church.
In my undergraduate degree from Indiana University, I have 21 credit hours in Sociology. This included some 300 and 400 level courses, including Family and Juvenile Delinquency.
I have worked with students from kindergarten to college level to organize their materials so they can have good aids to study for tests and to learn the new material. Each student is tested in the subject area first to see the level of knowledge of subject material. For example in Math, I give the student a test in multiplication facts. This is the basis of all Math problems. Then I would test on fractions and decimals which is also based on the multiplication facts. This way I could decide what the student was weak in and help build the new material on from there.
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