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I have over twenty years of experience teaching reading and language skills to children. I enjoy one-to-one tutoring because it is ideally suited to provide individual attention and the diagnostic-prescriptive approach for learning disabled students. I develop a tutoring plan specific to their needs, provide instruction with built-in assessment, and continually modify my instructional plans as progress is made or better approaches are found. I find that learning disabled students require explicit instruction, not just exposure or independent practice which is often all they receive in some classroom settings. While I have used a variety of techniques to teach reading, most often I have found that reading disabled students require explicit phonics instruction using a multisensory approach (such as the Wilson Reading System) to help reinforce sound/symbol associations, help applying this knowledge to decoding and spelling, and practice reading both controlled and more natural text. In addition, I like to teach students strategies to make them more independent in order to improve classroom, test-taking, and homework performance. Furthermore, I feel it is important to help the learning disabled student experience success. Success boosts their oftentimes flagging self esteem and enables them to take the risks necessary to learn. Finally, a love of learning and reading is important to foster since learning disabled students often find studying and reading laborious and unpleasant tasks. I try to foster this appreciation through tapping into each student’s interests, using quality children’s literature and real life materials, and building in success.
My bachelor's degree in special education included elementary education as part of the coursework and practicums. I student-taught in a 5th grade classroom. My master's degree in reading also included elementary education curriculum. I have experience tutoring many students in reading, math, and writing at the elementary level.
My undergraduate degree in special education included coursework in teaching elementary math. I have experience teaching and testing math skills for grades K through 9. I have also worked with many learning disabled students who specifically struggled in math.
I use a multisensory approach to reading to help students learn to decode along with coaching and practice to improve their fluency. Reading comprehension is always a focus. I have training and materials from the Wilson Reading System.
Effective spelling instruction begins with teaching phonemic awareness and how to apply the phonemic code to unknown words. I also teach spelling by word patterns and ways to remember the "tricky" words.
A Great Experience! — It's very obvious that Amy takes the time to plan and prepare material to help the progress of learning. She always comes well prepared for the lesson. She has a great way of keeping a distracted child on course and keeping the motivation and love of learning alive. My daughter enjoys the time she spends with Amy. ...
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