Each school year I taught, I worked with students that were ADD or ADHD. I spent much of my time working closely with the parents and the pediatricians of these students. We conversed to find the best learning environment, medical programs, and behavior modification tools to provide academic success and comfort for these students at home and in the classroom setting. I learned a number of strategies and techniques to help these students learn self-control and maintain self-confidence.
My credentials in education are that I am a Virginia State certified teacher. I am qualified to teach grades K-8. I have taught in the Chesapeake Public School System for the last 30 years. I have taught many subjects including Grammar, Word Study (Spelling), English, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies and have prepped students for the SOL tests. I have tutored students after school and during the summer months. I feel that special needs and general education students have benefited from my teaching/tutoring experiences and I want to continue to help others to succeed in education and build self-esteem.
As an elementary education teacher for the last 32 years, I taught handwriting as part of the curriculum. I taught manuscript writing in grades 1 and 2. When I was teaching 3rd and 4th grade, I taught cursive writing.
I have had much training in technology, including microsoft windows, excel, edline, grade quick, smart board, and digital camera instruction. Within the last 10 years, computers have been used in my classroom and in the computer lab in the school building to facilitate learning and to teach and review concepts. I have used and developed a vast number of websites for all academic subjects available for students to practice what has been taught in the classroom. Students of mine also use the computer to take tests (AR, SOL, standardized, and teacher made assessments) as well as construct and edit writings and reports.
I have taught reading at the elementary level. Reading has included phonics, especially at the first and second grade level. I have used this method for the upper elementary grades as well.
As a classroom teacher I have administered the SOL Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing tests to students in grades 3-5. In order for the students to be successful test takers, they had to learn appropriate techniques and strategies, as well as, how to deal with the stress and anxiety that accompanies taking tests. The curriculum was aligned with the Spring SOL assessments, therefore the school year was/is predominately spent teaching skills that will be seen in one form or another on the tests. We had released test items from previous years that the students could also use for practice.
I have taught for a total of 32 years, and have had the pleasure of frequently working with the special needs students. I have applied manipulatives and differentiated strategies when teaching these students to help them grasp a concept or process. My last two years of teaching I had an inclusion classroom whereby the population consisted of both general and special education students.
Students need to have acquired good study skills at a young age because the work load increases as well as homework as they get older. Since I have taught K-6, I have noticed the importance of students having good study habits and skills. Good habits allow for better organization, wise use of time and success in the classroom.