For over 20 years, I have been involved in teaching: as a volunteer in the community and in public and private schools. Learning is a process that can be fun and challenging; leading to a love for learning for a lifetime.
The grammar/elementary age is a very exciting time for learning. Students are generally enthusiastic learners and love to learn. Students are like sponges and they can memorize large amounts of facts. Grammar students love to demonstrate what they know through repetition, chants, jingles, and rhymes. They also enjoy music and movement, which are great tools for learning and engaging students. This is the time to master basic ideas and concepts that sets them up for a lifetime of learning.
As a teacher/tutor, one of my roles is to be an encourager. Your student wants to be reassured and challenged that they can do it. So finding creative ways to teach; knowing some students are more visual, auditory, kinesthetic or some combination.
There are many things students just have to memorize, i.e. letters, numbers, sight words, math facts, vocabulary words, etc. The more a student can master the basics the more confidence and the better student they will become.
From 1993-2005, I worked in elementary education, K-6, all subjects and high school, in the Prince George's County Schools as a substitute teacher, paraprofessional, and classroom teacher. 2005-2012, I taught at Washington Classical School, grades 2-9, in all subjects: Reading, English, Math, Science, History, Literature, Biology, Government, and Bible. 2012-2013, I worked at Cornerstone Christian School in the Aftercare program and teaching Music for PK-3 to 6th grade, 7th grade Math and high school thesis class.
For over 20 years I have taught summer school, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Summer Camps and tutored numerous students.
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