I have taught special education students in the District of Columbia Public School for 20 years. Most of my teaching experience was teaching in the elementary school special education resource classroom.
I am very familiar with the Lindamood Bell LIPS program and can teach a child to decode words in a short period of time. In fact, my successes include teaching a child who was believed to never read to read within a few short months using this program. I have a great deal of success with children who hate reading. Children begin to keep a book with them constantly because now they want to read. I have increased a student's reading test scores as much as three years in one year.
The Lindamood Bell program also helps children learn written language. It is part of the teaching method. My successes have included getting children to like writing in journals and begin to write for a classroom newspaper. The paper was then distributed to the whole school.
My approach to teaching is non-traditional, but children learn for sure. I taught educable mentally retarded children how to research information on the internet. They were as interested in researching information as much as they enjoyed playing computer games to learn math.
I taught a child to multiply and divide who was convinced that she could not learn to do either one with use of a chart and encouragement.
My strong belief is that all children can learn starting from where they are educationally. When they see they can do something, children want to learn. It is necessary to find the point they are successful and begin teaching from that point. Then children enjoy the learning process, and that encourages learning in anyone. Every child can learn if given the chance to be successful.
I look forward to working with children again in an atmosphere where I can encourage the child to learn. Tutoring can be that space for wonderful academic progress for a child.
I recently had a background check done for the FBI for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
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