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I was a paraprofessional in kindergarten for 18 years. I love to work with children and help them grow and develop into independent, confident, and successful readers and writers; and it has always been my goal, as an educator, to continue my education and become a classroom teacher.
I am happy to say that have received my Masters degree and license in Early Education in December, 2012. In January, 2013, I obtained a position as a Title 1 teacher. This position consists of teaching children the basics of phonics and reading comprehension. In a small-group setting, we read both fiction and non-fiction, as required by the Common Core; we decode unknown words, discuss key questions, review story elements, and create writing samples, comprehension charts, and diagrams.
My philosophy is to have fun, use hands-on techniques, and encourage dialogue, while we learn. I enjoy playing games, such as Bingo and board games, as well as retelling stories with puppets or hand-made characters. In regards to the subject of math, I am also knowledgeable in certain methods to help students master mathematical skills and concepts; and believe that reading and writing is necessary when solving math word-problems.
Now that my children have grown, I have more time on my hands, therefore, I would love the opportunity to share this extra time by providing assistance in helping young learners keep up with the peers and prevent them from falling behind.
I am certified in K-2 and have received my master's in Early Education. I passed all three MTEL tests required. I have 18 years of experience in the educational field, and I continue to attend professional development seminars and workshops to gain additional knowledge.
I have taught math to kindergarteners and first graders for several years. As the frameworks change, so does my lesson plans and activities. For younger learners, the students and I reviewed concepts such as patterning, sorting, and counting. We now use a math program by Scott Foresman utilizing ten-frames, as well as counters, rods, and units. I believe math has to be taught by using hands-on activities. Students need to touch, move, and manipulate to understand. I also believe that by introducing concepts in math, using base ten is an excellent tool to assist in students’ math understanding.
Over the years as a teacher and a mother, grammar has been one of my favorite subjects to learn and to teach. I have many anchor charts, songs, and poems to help students recall “what to do when….” It’s a never-ending learning process, I believe. At the level I teach, punctuation, capitalization, nouns, adjectives, and verbs are what students are asked to learn and identify. With practice, reminders, and writing activities, my goal is for students to learn to use the correct grammar independently.
I have 18 years of experience working with kindergarten and first grade students. I have several strategies, activities, and lesson plans to help strengthen students’ phonological awareness and phonics skills. These include picture cards/flashcards, letter tiles, games, and decodable books. We review word families, consonants and short vowels sounds, blends, CVCe patterns, digraphs, diphthongs, and more. Phonics instruction is an essential part of teaching young learners to become successful readers and writers.
I have 18 years' experience, and I am currently a Title 1 teacher focusing on reading, as well as writing. I have many strategies to help students become fluent readers, so they may gain more meaning from the texts they read; these include leveled readers, reading passages, and reading exercises. To assist with comprehension, we retell stories, we talk about the characters, the sequence of events, the problem and solution, and the setting. These strategies help young learners strengthen their reading and comprehension skills, as they move onto higher leveled texts.
In my 18 years of working with young learners, I believe practice and exposure is the key to spelling success; however, along with practice, new words should be introduced and categorized by the way they are spelled or by their pattern. For beginners, I introduce words in the same word-family such as cat, bat, hat, mat, or ship, lip, dip, etc. As the student learns and develops, I present more difficult and higher level concepts such as vowel teams, silent consonants, silent e, or digraphs. Once students understand and practice word patterns, they will have the ability to decipher more words in their daily reading, writing, and math word problems.
Fitchburg State University (Interdis. Studies)
Fitchburg State University (Master's)
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Ruth will travel within 15 miles of Pepperell, MA 01463.
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