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In my 15 years as an educator, I have taught students with both ADD & ADHD disabilities. One of the strategies I used to meet my students needs was to modify lessons, classwork and homework. One thing I learned as an educator was that it's not the quantity of work but the quality of the content of the work. Students with ADD and/or ADHD need to feel successful by performing at the level that they can achieve.
Currently tutor through a coaching class to 8th graders at a local Middle School. I believe in making approaches to math simple yet understanding by using various learning styles to reach a student.
Aspergers is along the spectrum of Autism. I have an 11 year-old nephew who has Aspergers. He has a special personality that is affectionate, humorous and very inquisitive. It's important to understand consistency and act proactively in modeling behavior, completing tasks and expectations for them. Sometimes even when unexpected things come up it's imperative to help them with a smooth transition by giving a simple statement that can be easily comprehended. As an experienced educator with over 15 years working in the Inclusion classroom setting, I have had wonderful experiences including students with Aspergers into my Social Studies, Health and Science portion of my classroom schedule.
As an ordained evangelist and now pastor, I have had over 15 years experience in studying the Bible. I have preached and taught the word of God for over 12 years. Prior to being the Sunday school superintendent I taught primary, preteen, teen, young adult and adult Sunday school classes using the curriculum from Word Aflame with Pentecostal Publishing Sunday school curriculum. I currently teach Bible Study at my church. My desire is to teach the word of God presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who want a clear understanding.
I have had more than 10 years of experience educating elementary students from grades K-8. As an elementary school teacher I have had the privilege of teaching all subjects, including reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, and health. Teaching taught me to recognize students' best ability to learn. Once I have assessed what they know I begin to scaffold upon their prior knowledge that challenges them to discover and explore a concept through questioning and providing information for them to learn.
I have had more than 12 years of experience teaching elementary math to first, second and 8th graders. In my experience it's all about the approach to allow students to grasp what seems to be a difficult subject, math. Using manipulatives and using real world application gives the student to apply the skill they are learning in an interesting way.
English is one of the courses in school that many students have difficulty with. However, I believe in approaching the subject through high interest material that is engaging and challenging without the frustration.
As an elementary teacher I have had more than 10 years of experience of teaching students how to read using the Open Court program, which teaches students to read phonetically. Phonics is the basic foundation of teaching word parts and word families to be recognized by young readers in order to decode words. One of the strategies to teaching phonics is to model to students how to blend sounds into words then words into sentences. I have also reinforced those skills through various approaches such as small group reading workshop, whole group reading, and one-on-one (teacher to student) strategy.
As an ordained evangelist I have before various platforms speaking to audiences to encourage people from all walks of life. I have worked for the State of Maryland Health Department for 5 years conducting presentations and lectures for middle schoolers, the elderly and various workshops relating to the many federal and state funded programs we supervised and operated.
Elementary Reading is the building block or foundation to a student's educational career. Several approaches to help students be successful in reading can be taken phonetically, which shows students how to decode words and sentences. Another approach is by direct instruction, through which the student repeats words and sentences read to them by the teacher. It's important to encourage children to read and to expose them to many stories by reading to and/or with them.
Currently, I work as an Instructional Assistant, III in Special Education for 8th grade. I began in Special Education as a Substitute Teacher with a private organization CARE Resources, Inc. in Towson, Md.
CARE Rescources trained us as substitutes on the components of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) such as modifications, LRE (Least Restrictive Learning Environment), accommodations and goals which are to be measured by student progress.
I've also been teaching for more than 10 years in an Inclusion Learning environment. As an educator, it is my responsibility to make modifications to my lesson plans, classwork, tests, quizzes and homework that would best meet their learning style. It is important to learn a student's strengths as well as weaknesses in order to highlight and infuse their talent and ability into a lesson.
As an experienced educator I have taught students for over 10 years study habits to learn various skills. Most students learn a skill best by repetition and rote. Sometimes it's easier to help students who have large information to break it up into small bite sized chunks. Smaller chunks of information I find students can familiarize themselves with concepts I taught.
In my 12 years of teaching students I found taking the time to make special preparations to introduce vocabulary to students prior to reading any text. This strategy takes away apprehension of guessing what particular unfamiliar words out of the equation as they read. It help students make connections to the vocabulary in the text through investigation, prior knowledge and using secondary sources to give definition or meaning to the words.