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Amy W.

Franklin, MA

$60/hr

Expert Help for Struggling Readers

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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.

Testimonials

"My Son Actually Looks Forward to Her!"

- Tina, Norfolk, MA on 10/30/14

"A Great Experience!"

- Sarra, Medway, MA on 7/23/14
English:
Reading
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Dyslexia

Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Reading, Language, and Learning Disabilities. Experience in clinical settings and private practice working with dyslexic students

Elementary (K-6th)

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.

Elementary Math

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.

Phonics

Experienced in multisensory phonics-based reading programs, such as the Wilson Reading System.

Reading

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.

Spelling

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.

University of Michigan
Special Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Education

University of Michigan (Special Education)

Harvard Graduate School of Education (MEd)

My Son Actually Looks Forward to Her! — We really appreciate Amy. She is professional, prepared, and reliable. The best part is that my 12 year old who hates school actually looks forward to her sessions. He benefits from the 1 on 1 time and has built confidence in his writing and reading. He said that he likes working with Amy and that she really knows how to write "even better than you mom." It's ok though, having him look forward to ...

— Tina, Norfolk, MA on 10/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amy will travel within 8 miles of Franklin, MA 02038.


About Amy

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.

Testimonials

"My Son Actually Looks Forward to Her!"

- Tina, Norfolk, MA on 10/30/14

"A Great Experience!"

- Sarra, Medway, MA on 7/23/14
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Education

University of Michigan
Special Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Education

University of Michigan (Special Education)

Harvard Graduate School of Education (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Franklin, MA 02038

Amy’s Subjects

English:
Reading
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Amy W.

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