As a counselor and elementary teacher for 32 years, I have worked closely with many ADD/ADHD students. I have gone to many workshops addressing the many aspects of this learning difference, including developing learning plans, creating strong memory strategies, organization and planning strategies, etc. One national program I've been trained through is Mel Levine's One Mind at a Time. Each student is unique, but many similar interventions can apply.
I hold a B.S in Elementary Education K-8, with emphasis in reading and social sciences. I have received training over the last 32 years that includes intense study of new math "thinking" through Investigations Math Programs in Boston, as well as training in literacy with Lucy Calkins, Katy Wood Ray, Fountas and Pinnell, Harvey Daniels, and Stephanie Harvey.
I have recently taught 12 years of classroom math to 4th graders. I have attended a week-long seminar in Boston reviewing the most current math strategies. I have a wide repertoire of strategies for different types of learning styles.
I have used Macintosh computers in my teaching setting since 1987, and have owned one since 1990. I have taught computer skills to adults as well as children, grades 3-6, including word processing, drawing with Word tools, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint, Google Docs and Presentation, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. I have used interactive white board software, particularly Promethean, and have taught professional workshops for METC and Promethean using Macs.
I just retired from 32 years of elementary teaching. I am certified K-8, with an emphasis in reading instruction at Master's Level. I have many years of experience and training, and have most recently taught 4th grade for ten years. I've used a variety of approaches to reading instruction, as well as varied teaching strategies for different learning styles.
As a teacher and counselor, I have attended training around study skills. I have studied the Mel Levine model for individual assessment and learning plan development, as well as facilitated individual study plans for students in my classrooms. I also have training in working with students with ADHD. I used my expertise in learning styles to train other teachers in my district, and students were encouraged to learn through their strengths.
I have studied current writing strategies of Katie Wood Ray, Lucy Calkins, and Dorfmann and Capelli. Students use personal experiences and relevant research to create pieces in many genres, with coaching toward several goals for each piece. This is my favorite subject to teach. Reading can grow naturally from student writing, but also reading appropriately leveled texts can improve fluency, word recognition, and comprehension. These subjects can revolve around student's personal interests to enhance motivation.