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I specialize in providing remediation of reading and writing skills for students of all ages - including high school and college students. I use direct, explicit instruction and repeated practice to teach reading skills. I teach students who struggle with the art of writing effectively through the use of framed paragraphs, graphic organizers, questioning, prompting, and examples. I also provide remediation in math skills such as teaching the four basic operations through stories, pictures, manipulatives, and mnemonics. I bring experience as a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and homeschooler to my tutoring practice.
It is important that a student is matched well with a tutor, and the tutor must build a good working relationship with the student and parents. To that end, I take time to get to know a student and use a variety of assessments in order to target the student's specific needs. I formulate a plan with input from the student and parents in order to make the best use of our time. During each session I provide the student with strategies and skills, give feedback on performance, motivate the student with praise, and use humor to engage the student. I also work closely with parents to provide progress updates, discuss concerns, and problem-solve together. I will attend IEP meetings if parents request it.
**Common Application: I assist high school students with writing the essay for the Common Application as well as essays for particular colleges and universities. The requirements for the Common Application essay have changed this year, and I can help a student to write a concise and vivid essay. Often it takes 6-8 tutoring sessions to complete the essay if a student is willing to work on it independently.**
I provide students with the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
I have assisted students with writing the Common Application essay in the past, and those students have gotten accepted to their choice colleges. I keep up to date on the college application process, and I am aware that the requirements for the essay have changed this year. I help a student choose the topic that is most suited to the student's interests and experiences based on an informal interview. I assist the student with creating an outline to help with staying on topic. I also support a student through drafting the essay by prompting, questioning, and giving examples from model essays. I provide feedback and ask questions to help a student revise the essay, and I suggest that the ELA teacher read a draft before we decide that the essay is complete.
I tutor K-6th grade students in all subjects. However, I specialize in remediating reading and math difficulties. I use pictures, stories, songs, games, mnemonics, technology, and repeated practice to engage students in learning while I teach content and skills. I assess progress regularly.
I have a host of experiences teaching and tutoring students in K-6th grades. I bring 5 years of classroom experience to my tutoring practice. I was a 3rd grade classroom teacher, a reading specialist for K and 2nd grades, and a reading teacher in a middle school for 6th grade students. I also have several years of experience teaching outside of the traditional classroom setting. One summer I taught in a Kindergarten summer bridge classroom for at risk children, and I was a summer school substitute teacher in an elementary school. I have also tutored students in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades as part of an academic afterschool program. In addition, I have privately tutored students in 1st, 5th, and 6th grades as well as high school students. I have also supervised and trained college-age tutors in multiple teaching strategies specifically geared towards the needs of the K-5 children they served in the surrounding urban community. I also have tutored homeschooled children in K, 3rd, and 5th grades in addition to demonstrating teaching techniques for those students' parents.
I use pictures, stories, games, songs, manipulatives, repeated practice, mnemonics, and technology to teach math concepts and to help students retain information. These techniques are especially helpful for students with learning disabilities or students who lack confidence. I also assess progress regularly.
I use online resources to help students proofread their writing so that we can work together remotely and/or asynchronously. I provide comments, ask questions, give sentence starters, and give examples to help students improve their writing.
Since I have an MEd in Reading Education (for all levels, including adults), I specialize in remediating reading difficulties. I teach targeted skills and strategies that will improve a struggling reader's fluency, decoding skills, and reading comprehension across subjects.
-I assess reading skills with various informal assessments including the QRI and the TCRWP Informal Reading Assessment.
-I use on-the-spot assessment and teachable moments.
-I teach students to self monitor their reading by prompting them to use visual, meaning, and syntactic cues.
-I provide visuals to help students to remember the strategies I have taught them.
-I teach students to use SQ3R for textbook and nonfiction reading.
-I use Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA) to improve reading comprehension.
-To build reading fluency I use repeated readings, modeled reading, explicit instruction in high frequency words and phrases, and encourage reading texts at lower levels.
-I explicitly teach students how to read and spell different syllable types and combine these syllables to make real words using a multisensory approach. These lessons come from the Megawords series.
-I tailor instruction to each student's needs and create my own or find the appropriate materials for each student.
-I help older students who are reading below grade level to gain proficiency and find high interest books that are written at lower reading levels.
**I have seen an increase in a student's reading level in as little as 10 weeks of instruction.**
I motivate students and help them to see their potential.
I specialize in assisting students who have Executive Dysfunction to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in school and at home. I can assist a student with:
+ organizing school materials and supplies necessary for homework, long-term assignments, and test preparation;
+ learning to be meta-cognitive in order to increase reading skills and improve self-advocacy skills;
+ learning strategies for sustaining attention, improving self-regulation, and retaining and accessing learned information;
+ improving routines in order to increase task initiation, time management skills, and persistence as well as reduce anxiety.
I teach vocabulary using direct instruction, repeated practice, and multiple methods to ensure that students truly understand new words. I use the Frayer Model as well as other graphic organizers to help students develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of a particular word. I teach Greek and Latin roots so that students can break down unfamiliar words when they are reading, which not only helps with understanding new words, but also helps with decoding unfamiliar words. In order to engage students in vocabulary study, I use technology and games. I teach students to use a thesaurus to replace words in their writing that are not descriptive.
Each student's needs are unique, and I tailor each writing lesson to an individual student's needs.
**I am training in EmPOWER, an expository writing strategy. I have just two more follow up sessions left to my training. EmPOWER is a systematic approach to writing and is effective for students with language based learning disabilities and students with executive dysfunction. I have been teaching my students the EmPOWER routine since July 2014 and have seen these students make good progress with their writing skills.**
Composition: I use many strategies to assist students of all ages with writing including graphic organizers, outlines, prompts, sentence starters, and discussion. I help students make their writing more vivid and concise. Technology is an integral part of my instruction. In order to teach students how to write in various genres, I use models of writing. I teach students how to use resources such as the thesaurus to help them improve their writing.
College Essay: I help students write the essay for the Common Application as well as supplemental college essays. I work with students remotely and asynchronously using online sharing tools.
Handwriting: I help students to write clearly using chalk, sand, shaving cream, rice, and other mediums to practice forming the letters. This provides a tactile experience and makes learning handwriting more fun. I also use technology when appropriate. I use verbal cues to help students remember what the letters (and numbers) look like and how to form them. I also group visually similar letters together. For some students learning cursive results in more legible handwriting, so I am willing to focus my instruction on cursive writing if we determine that it will benefit your child.
Wheelock College (Elementry Education )
Boston University School of Education (MEd)
Awesome tutor! — My son has been working with Colleen to improve his writing and study skills. Colleen is nice, knowledgeable, kind, fun and helpful. We are very happy with the results of her tutoring. My son is very excited to work with Colleen every time she comes and always looking forward to have her back again. Thanks a lot, Colleen!!! ...
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Colleen will travel within 10 miles of Framingham, MA 01701.
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