I am the mother of a grown son with ADHD and have attended seminars and read many articles and books on the subject. I have had several students in my classes over the years who have had some of the same learning styles characterized by ADD/ADHD, and I have had success working with them. I deal with the inattention and focusing struggles with patience and encouragement.
I have had several students with dyslexia and have worked well with their different learning styles. I'm comfortable working orally, reading the work for the student, or doing whatever it takes for the student to be successful. One student's mother wrote out his spelling words on 3x5 cards and then when it was time for his weekly test, he would organize the words according to anything that linked them: rhyming, letters, anything that made sense to him. After putting the cards away, he'd be given the spelling test and the teacher would write the word for him (he also had dysgraphia) and then when he looked at it, he'd make changes or not. Seeing it was helpful to him even if he couldn't write it.
I began my career teaching first grade for three years in CT. From there, I substitute taught in grades one to five in MA and began tutoring elementary students in math and reading. Next, I began substitute teaching grades k-5 in TX and then had four years of full-time work, after three years of part-time teaching small groups in math and/or reading. In all my years of teaching, full- or part-time, I have remained in elementary school with most of my years teaching third through fifth grades.
Most of my teaching experience has been with math….from substitute teaching, to teaching the gifted students in third grade math one year, to teaching math to small groups within the school day as an extra help for struggling students, to teaching full time in fifth and third grades as a math teacher. I have experience with the struggling, as well as the competent, students. I am an encourager by nature, so I am likely to instill confidence in your child.
Sometimes comprehending science means working on comprehension, period. If a student has difficulty comprehending science, perhaps he/she has weak retention skills, or he/she has not found science to be interesting. Hopefully we can find a way to make studying science more valuable, and in the process, increase science knowledge.
Whether you are a school-aged student needing help in an English class, or an adult wishing to increase your English speaking ability, I am intersted in working with you. Learning the language is incredibly empowering and would ease your life in America.
I am certified in teaching English as a Second Language. I would use pictures, gestures, and other ways to teach a non-English speaker to begin using the language. I have resources to help students increase their speaking and reading capabilities. From that, they would be taught to write English and as each area of using English increased, their learning would grow.
Having taught grammar in 3rd-5th grades, I am particularly interested in the correct usage of the apostrophe! Plurals do not need an apostrophe, but showing possession does (oranges…none; bird's egg …yes). Grammar can be complicated, but with a few rules, your child can be stronger in this area.
Verb usage, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, parts of speech and use of the apostrophe are just some of the ways we work on grammar.
When I began my teaching career, I taught first grade and we used a programmed reading program which taught phonics. I believe in students being able to "sound out" words, to give them some basics from which they can learn to read. I realize the pendulum switched to "whole language", but I personally believe phonics is a better base from which to start. I would teach the student the sounds of each vowel and consonant and then go from there. Rhyming and patterns of letters are very helpful in learning how to read. Having a wide vocabulary is also a tremendous aid for all students, but particularly those learning how to read.
I minored in math in college. I have continued to teach math at the upper elementary level in two of the last three years I taught full time. I have tutored math at the beginning of middle school level.
Teaching reading was not my first choice in my later years of teaching, but when asked to teach it my last year in TX, I actually enjoyed it. Over the years of subbing, I certainly taught many classes in reading, and during my first years as a teacher, to receive first graders who could not read, and have them exit my room as readers was one of the highlights of my career. Reading is a lifelong skill and absolute joy. I would enjoy working with your child to instill a love of reading and give him/her skills to improve his/her comprehension and understanding of what he's read.
Some people seem to just know how to spell and some seem to struggle, but there are ways to help learn the language. Sometimes we use rules; sometimes we look for patterns; sometimes we listen for rhyming. For some students, it's easier to spell orally, or for the teacher/tutor to write the words as the student says the letters. For some, it's helpful to study cards on which the spelling words have been written and then the student can look for, or listen to, any patterns and line up the words in some kind of order before the "test" begins. For some students, speaking into a tape recorder helps as he spells and listens to what he's saying. There is more than one way to work on learning to spell the required words!
For the last twenty-five plus (25+) years, I have taught elementary school in Alief, and Katy, Texas. Study Skills: In general, being organized helps most students perform better. It's not a hard and fast rule, but the more organized a student is, the easier it is to be in a routine and the regular studying then becomes part of a daily plan. Having a notebook with sections is invaluable for placing homework assignments and later to retrieve them for the passing in the next day.
Parents need to provide a quiet place where the child can do his homework each day. The child needs a routine for daily homework. Some students need a break every half hour or so. Some need to work with a timer. Some need to work orally. Some need to have instrumental music in the background to distract them from enticing home noises.
Each child is different, but each child needs a routine to allow him/her to work most effectively.
Just as you hear "Location, location, location" as the three most important parts to buying a house, "vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary" would be the answer to "What's the most important part of learning how to read?" We need to expose children (and adults) to as much vocabulary as possible… for Reading, Math, Social Studies, or any subject! Having a strong vocabulary helps in reading and writing and speaking.
To start increasing someone's vocabulary, I would encourage them to read and keep a list of any unfamiliar word they come to. Then I would ask them to look it up and keep a personal dictionary as a reference.
To do anything well, we have to practice. If you want to be a better writer, you have to write. You have to check it. You have to rewrite your piece. Students think if they do it once, that ought to be enough. For some, I can give a starting point. For others, I have to teach the process…few thank you letters are written these days, but to learn how to write a friendly letter is still a skill taught in school. Writing is learned. It doesn't come "naturally" to many people, but I believe with practice, students can be taught to strengthen their writing abilities and skills.