Though I did not grow in a Biblical setting, I have spent many years on my own studying the Bible at home and at church. I have taken classes at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania on the canonization of the Bible and would be thrilled work with you on you studies. Be it a question of religion, an English course using Biblical scriptures, or mere curiosity I enjoy assisting in searching for answers to any question posed. I am currently involved in several Bible studies (one of which is geared toward Army Wives) and love the support and encouragement I find within the Bible's pages. If you are not a Christian but are curious about Biblical references in your literature courses I would be more than happy to work with you there too! I am very open and flexible.
During my student teaching placement I had the opportunity to work with students with dyslexia. By using little cues to help children remember which ways letter point and lots of practice I have been able to help children dealing with dyslexia become better writers and readers. An example of these cues involves the word "bed." By drawing a "blanket" (line) over the circles in the "b" and "d" you should see that the e is covered up and that the blanket doesn't fall. If there is no circle to hold it up the "b" or "d" is backwards. I had one student writing the word "bed" with it's blanket on the top of each and every paper until she knew she could write the letters correctly without fear of writing the wrong letter. Little mnemonics like this come in very handy and help boost confidence!
I am a New York State Certified Special Education Teacher with a bachelors degree from SUNY Fredonia.
Ever since I was little I have loved learning about new cultures and languages. As I've gone through school I've used this to help exchange students and those who are moving America from non-English speaking countries gain confidence in their English Language skills. I like to use an immersion (all English) method when I can but have found that, especially with younger students, allowing the student to teach me a word in their language helps boost confidence. By seeing me struggle to form the word in their native tongue I've seen children from other countries open up when they realize that not getting it right away is OK.
Most of my ESL/ESOL experience has been in a one-on-one setting in the student's home or school so as to be sure that the child is getting the proper vocabulary acquisition necessary for their environment. I have also helped parents with these lessons and enjoy using simple conversations to help children gain in their confidence, vocabulary, and understanding. I enjoy using songs to help children learn new words as well as active games, puzzles, and books. I have helped students as young as 3 as well as adults.
As a public school teacher I teach handwriting on a daily basis. I've used little rhymes and pictures to help my students remember which way certain letters go or how they are formed. Some of these include "b's have bellies and d's don't," "write the bed on the top of your paper and draw a blanket over the pillows, if the blanket can't rest of the pillows the 'b' and 'd' are backwards," and a chart of chicken, monkey, and giraffe letters that help my students to remember where the letters fall on dotted writing paper. I also own and use dotted letter stamps that younger students can trace in order to help with letter formation before attempting to write them on their own.
As a public school teacher I teach phonics and reading on a daily basis. I am certified in NY and MD to teach the elementary grades - including reading and phonics skills - and am also certified to teach Special Education and ESOL, both of which include an intensive phonics program base. I am familiar with Harcourt, Scott Foresman, Orton Gillingham, and the other phonics programs being used in the local school systems and will be able to use this knowledge to help tailor instruction to meet the needs of each child in each school.
I am a New York State Certified Special Education Teacher. My degree comes from the State University of New York while the first two years of classes come from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with students with Downs Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, Muscular Dystrophy, students with hearing impairments (I do know some basic sign language communication skills), students with visual impairments, Learning Disorders, and Dyslexia in classroom and one-on-one settings. While at Edinboro I assisted with the wheelchair basketball team and helped a gentleman with Downs Syndrome on his life skills. I was a member of the Council of Exceptional Children while in school and am still a member of Kappa Delta Pi (a national education honors society) and Golden Key (and international education honors society). I greatly look forward to helping your child meet the challenges school sometimes faces us all with and helping to give them confidence in skills they will need every day whether inside or outside of the classroom!
From flash-cards to mnemonics, games, riddles and songs, from color coding notes, to test taking skills, I've got a bag full of tricks to help your child succeed on his/her next exam. It's all about working with various strategies and trying to them to find out which works best for your child. During my student teaching placement I invented games such as "Spelling Detectives" to assist a group of students who were struggling with passing spelling tests. We used memory match to pair up definitions and vocabulary words, jeopardy, 20 questions to identify people, puzzles, and much more! Learning should be fun and so shouldn't learning to study for a test. Time management skills, good note taking, and elimination during multiple choice tests are just some of the other things included. The students I worked with on their spelling saw their grades go from failing to passing throughout the course of the school year when each found a strategy that helped them the most.
I am a New York State certified Special Education teacher, Elementary Education teacher, and Middle School English teacher.
I have been on stage since I was three years old. I've done musicals, plays, musical reviews, worked the box office and been on the stage crew. I've also tried my hand at directing a short piece during my senior year of college. Some of the shows I've been on stage for include "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (Sallie), "Mame" (Vera), and most recently (Leisl) in "The Sound of Music." If you child is hoping to get a part in an upcoming play or needs some help with a theatre history class I have takes classes at both Edinboro University of PA and SUNY Fredonia where I was a theatre minor.