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I am a certified English teacher in Massachusetts with lots of teaching experience. I have a teaching license for English grades 5-8, a master's degree in education and also a master's degree in child life. I will be going back to graduate school to obtain certification as a reading specialist.
I have worked with children both in the classroom setting and also in the hospital setting. I have worked with children who have dyslexia. My approach to this type of teaching is to break down the instruction into small chunks and then provide ample practice opportunities for the student. When I teach spelling to a student who has dyslexia, I use flashcards to show the word, say the word, and then have the student practice saying the word and also writing it. After the word is written a few times, I include it in sentences and have the student practice writing the word correctly in a sentence. In addition to the flashcards, I use pictures to go along with the word.
I have much experience working with children in grades K-6 both in the classroom setting and individually. My teaching experience with this age group includes teaching the basics of the English language and teaching fundamental reading and writing skills.
I am an experienced flutist and piccoloist having 15 years of experience on the flute and 12 years of experience on the piccolo. I was first chair flute my sophomore and senior years in high school (we had 2 bands-one for freshman and sophomores and 1 for juniors and seniors). I was also a member of a flute duo and woodwind quintet that played music for community events. I also participated in the CT Honor Band festival on piccolo. I served as piccoloist during those same years. I served as teaching assistant to the band director my senior year and my duties included helping with flute lessons and I started a small flute choir.
At Wittenberg University, I was piccoloist for the college symphonic band all four years and also participated in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association on flute and piccolo representing Wittenberg University. I was also a member of the Wittenberg University Student Woodwind Quintet and a flute and violin duo. Both groups performed concerts on campus and in the community. I taught flute lessons to beginning and intermediate students at the middle school level in OH. In the summer of 2007, I was selected as a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir on the bass flute. I currently play the piccolo for the Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra in Boston.
I also have extensive experience with flute choirs having been a member of the Wittenberg University Flute Choir (bass flute), The National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir (bass flute), and the Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra Flute Choir (alto flute).
I am comfortable teaching beginning to advanced flute players and I can also teach those students who are interested in learning the piccolo. I am also comfortable getting students of like-ability together to play chamber music and music written for flute choir.
My grammatical teaching skills include parts of speech, pronouns, diagramming sentences, sentence structure, understanding several grammatical rules (ex. who/whom, that/which), and punctuation.
I have much teaching experience in the field of English. I am licensed in Massachusetts to teach English grades 5-8. I hold a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in education, and a master's degree in child life. I will be going back to graduate school to obtain certification as a middle school special education/resource teacher.
As an English teacher/tutor, I have taught phonics. When I teach phonics, I go over word sounds, syllable/consonant, stress/accent marks, and how to sound out words. I like to use recordings to help my students learn to pronounce the word(s) correctly. I also use flashcards that show the stresses to aid in pronunciation.
My proofreading skills include teaching editing skills, how to reread and rewrite for clarity, and teaching how to write concisely.
My reading skills include teaching reading comprehension, teaching how to sound out words, phonics, teaching expressions in the English language, and teaching how to analyze a text.
My SAT reading teaching skills are specific to teaching vocabulary, understanding analogies, teaching how to find the main idea, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.
My SAT Writing teaching skills include teaching how to write concisely and how to write an essay of varying lengths.
Teaching study skills is a strength of mine. Specifically, I can teach how to effectively study for a quiz or test using a variety of methods, such as note cards, and using different colors of highlighters for different information found within a text in order to better organize the information; I also teach organizational skills and categorization skills to help students better understand how to study effectively and efficiently.
My vocabulary teaching skills include teaching phonics, sounding out words, and prefixes and suffixes.
My writing teaching skills include teaching how to brainstorm, outline, and write an essay of varying length. I also teach to write in a concise, clear, manner.