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My favorite moments in the classroom happen when I have the opportunity to talk one on one with a student about his learning. In those conversations, I often discover student misconceptions. It is there that I uncover the mode of learning in which one child thrives. This insight allows me to develop an intervention that addresses the learning need.
I am in my twelfth year teaching elementary school. Because I care about kids, I want all of my students to succeed. One of the best things about teaching is watching students develop confidence and begin to see themselves as a reader, a writer or an expert in some aspect of technology.
This is the twenty first century and good teaching can leverage technology to help create unique learning opportunities which reach students in meaningful ways.
Since I struggled with math as a boy, I can empathize with students who feel intimidated by the subject. A math professor at U of M Dearborn made me fall in love with math. Before her class, math was something I tended to avoid. Thanks to her, I felt like I had discovered a secret code, unlocking the mysteries of math. Math need not be drudgery. With manipulatives, games and software, math can feel like playing, which is often when kids learn best.
I love learning, and students will love learning--if someone meets them where they are and helps them see how they can be successful.
As I continue my education, it is exciting to discover that there are always more methods to learn which improve student performance.
After earning a degree in Psychology, I returned to school and pursued my elementary teaching certificate. Since graduation, I have worked in the same school and district. After four years of teaching, I had earned my Master's degree in Teaching and Learning. One benefit that I found in my Masters program was an emphasis on how children learn. Since then, I have grown through applying best practices of instruction. I have spent the last twelve years in elementary grades 3-5. I have taught all subjects, but especially enjoy teaching reading and math. I love to find ways to increase student learning, which is why I continue my professional development, especially in the area of reading.
I have taught hundreds of students with needs ranging from autism to gifted and talented. The variety of students has helped me develop a sense for the instruction that students need. That sense is validated by student data.
I look forward to helping your child discover his or her potential.
Math has been one of my favorite subjects to teach. Math can be intimidating for kids, but it doesn't have to be. One of the reasons that I love teaching math is that I can empathize with students who struggle. Math was often a struggle for me until a great teacher unlocked this wonderful subject for me.
Math instruction should make students want to learn, and allow them to explore concepts in a way that matches their preferred mode of learning. Some students thrive when using manipulatives. Others connect with ideas when they can play a game to learn a new concept.
Whether your child is frustrated with story problems, struggles to add fractions or is trying learning her addition facts, I can help.
Reading challenges vary among students. Fluency, word solving, making connections, and "monitoring and clarifying" are skills and strategies. Any of these may be the source of a student's difficulty in reading.
During the last two years my professional development has focused on assessing reading and developing interventions to improve student performance. Data from the classroom demonstrate when an intervention works or not.
I will apply the intervention that works for your child.
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