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As a certified classroom teacher of 20 years and a tutor of 30 years, I have had extensive opportunities to work with students with Asperger's. Students with Asperger's have difficulty with attention in many situations. It is as though they don't have the filter most of us do to keep out the distractions. This can result in the student jumping from one idea to another with seemingly no relation. In some cases, it can even manifest itself in a variety of types of aggression. The trick to successfully working with students with Asperger's is to connect the content, as much as possible, to areas of interest. I have also used very tangible rewards for doing as asked. For example, I have used a stop watch and set a specific amount of time needed to work very hard and focus followed by another specific amount of time for the student to do as he/she wants. This encourages the student to do what's necessary to get the freedom to move as desired. There are many other possibilities which need to be determined by the individual student's needs. It's been my experience that students with Asperger's are in fact very intelligent but are simply not yet able to harness it.
I enjoy teaching at the elementary level. Though I have experience teaching through Adult, elementary is my favorite!
I have earned a K-9 classroom teaching certificate. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. I was a first grade teacher for ten years.
Now I would like to use my training and experience to help you!
I try to teach concepts as concretely as possible. For example, if a student is learning about fractions I would use manipulatives to help him/her see that fractions can have many different names and still be equal.
Once the basic concept is understood, I then help teach methods of finding solutions. In math it is very common to have multiple possible correct paths to finding the solution. I will usually demonstrate several different ways to get the correct answer. Then I ask the student to try the different methods and then to choose one way that makes the most sense. Once a student is comfortable with the basics, I encourage the student to experiment and try to find the correct answer on their own. I have often been surprised by the ingenious (but correct!) methods students have used.
I have found much success when I help students see Math as one big game or puzzle. Once the basic concepts and skills are learned - basic addition, subtraction - everything else is really just an extension. For example, multiplication is nothing more than repeated addition. Algebra is nothing but addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using letters along with the numbers. I compare the letters used in Algebra to a box. I teach many of my students that our job is to figure out what's inside the box (what the letter is worth.) Then we learn different things we can do to the equation to find what's in the box/the answer.
I am currently an Adjunct Instructor at Southwestern Illinois College where I teach computer basics. Some of the general topics in the course I teach include: Setting up a computer, Internet use, Care and Maintenance (including Virus protection), Using Windows, and the basics of popular Microsoft Office applications.
I use the computer for both personal and work-related tasks. I use Microsoft Word to maintain a newsletter and to write lesson plans. I use Microsoft Excel to track lessons I give, expenses, and grades. I use Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations for my class.
I attained a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. After graduation, I taught general music in the classroom for approximately 7 years.
I teach the basics of Microsoft Word as part of a class I teach at Southwestern Illinois College. The basics include topics such as being able to create, edit, delete, rename, and save documents and using format options.
I am currently studying to earn the Microsoft certification in Word. The knowledge gained from this studying has enabled me to create and maintain a newsletter using templates, create my own templates, write lesson plans, and use other less used options.
I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading. In addition, I have taught 1st grade for approximately 7 years. Our main focus point was reading. I believe strongly in Balanced Literacy and have taught using the 4 Blocks Method. 4 Blocks includes phonics instruction in the Working with Words segment. This is daily instruction in phonics (knowledge of sound/symbol relationship), phonemic awareness (auditory only, ability to hear and manipulate sounds with a SPOKEN word), phonological awareness (umbrella term which includes phonemic awareness).
I began watching my dad play poker when I was young. It was then that I developed a strong interest for the game. Over time, I have learned new poker games. My personal favorite at the moment is Texas Hold'Em. I play extensively online and watch televised poker. I am available to teach Intermediate and Beginning Poker (all games, poker hand value, basic rules, strategy and tips, and betting).
Pre-Algebra is often a subject in which students begin to struggle. There are many new concepts. Doing math with letters seems strange to many. When I teach Pre-Algebra, I use as many manipulatives and visuals as possible. Most students understand the basic mathematical concepts taught at a very young age. Therefore, when teaching, I've found most of my students do very well when these concepts are stressed. Join me in Pre-Algebra Made Simple!
I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning.
Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.