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My name is Erin and I've been involved in the education field for over fifteen years as a both a regular ed. teacher and a special ed. teacher. I was also a classroom aide while in college as well as a swim instructor and life guard. I'm good working with students of special needs, advanced placement students and students who are in between.
I love teaching, and want to help but if a student is beyond reluctant and is fighting the process, I will have a talk with the parents. I do not want to waste the parent's time or money if the fit isn't right or if defiance is causing learning to be disrupted. That said, I am more than capable of working with students with behavior problems. I did my student teaching in South Central Los Angeles and my classroom work in an urban setting.
I would encourage parents to talk to me if they have questions about the progress of our tutoring sessions as well as what they could do to help. I like to keep an open line of communication so that everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises.
I do hope I can help your child get over the stumbling block that is keeping them from success.
ADD/ADHD is a fairly common problem for many people today. I grew up with ADD and my daughter also has it, so I deal with it on a daily basis. I always had students with the disorder when I taught, and I worked with them in a variety of ways. Proximity, pre-arranged reminders or code words that the student and I came up with would be used to help get back on task, but not bring negative attention to them. Often times a small fidget toy like a koosh ball was beneficial for holding attention and not making noise.
I taught American History for five years. It is my favorite subject and as a result, I continue to expand my knowledge base by reading periodicals and watching documentaries. I enjoy sharing different books, pictures and items from history that I have collected. Often times touching an item helps create a memory that connects the information making it easier to remember.
As noted before, I have had a lot of experience with students with Aspergers. The students I had did not understand social cues, especially jokes and sarcasm. They were very literal. I had to make sure that when things were said in group discussion that they were not confused about what was real implied. Checks for understanding were easy to do and helped those students do well in the class.
As a special education teacher of six years and a volunteer for people with special needs, I have a lot of experience working with people in the Autism spectrum. Every child/person is different and while they may share some of the same traits commonly found in the Autism spectrum, that does not mean they all act/react the same way. Each child/person must be taken on a case by case basis.
I have worked with English language learners for many years. I have the ability to use supports in my language so that English learners can understand what I'm saying, increase their vocabulary and build comprehension.
My educational background included quite a bit of geography, which I pulled from when I taught Social Studies. I enjoy working with maps, studying the land topography and memorizing the different countries. I enjoy comparing old maps to new ones so that I can see the changes in borders as well as names of countries. This ties into history as well as literature, music and art as old countries are often referred to. The person who knows the changes knows the history.
Reading is a something I love to do. I was not an eager reader as a kid but I became one once I received the encouragement I needed. I taught reading as a regular class, after-school intervention and a summer class. I enjoyed all my reading classes because everyone learned how to pick the right book for themselves and they learned how to exhibit comprehension of what they read.
I have worked with people with special needs since I was in junior high. I volunteered, coached Special Olympics, worked at a facility that was geared towards people with special needs and finally, taught six years as a special education teacher. I also worked one year as an Assistive Technology Specialist.
I was a competitive swimmer for fourteen years, swimming for private clubs followed and competed in high school and college. I was a varsity swimmer in high school and I was recruited by the Coast Guard Academy when in college. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for four years. I have taught hundreds of people to swim as well as refine their strokes.
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