I retired from teaching two years ago after 37 years in the classroom. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University, a Learning Disabilities certification from the University of Minnesota and a Masters Degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University. I have taught high school English in the general education classroom as well as high school English in special education classrooms. In addition, I am familiar with a phonetic approach to improving reading skills and have tutored elementary students in the summer for both reading and math. I am able to test students to determine reading levels which will set the student's tutorial goals. I have worked with students who struggle with reading, writing and organizational skills. For these students, the chance to work one on one with a teacher often not only increases skill levels, but also improves student confidence. I think it is important to determine what it is the student and family are interested in: reading, writing skills, organization of work, or specifically working on class assignments to improve grades. Goal setting is important for both the student and parents It is critical that the student be a part of the tutorial plan and is able to see the value in working towards the goals that are set. When the tutor, student and parents develop a cohesive plan for student improvement that everyone is committed to, much can be accomplished.
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