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I have worked with students of all abilities; in a variety of different environments; for about 20 years. I believe every student is able to learn. Finding the key to their learning may take some effort on the part of the instructor. I believe students need to develop their thinking skills, both creative and critical. By developing these skills, they will be better prepared to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
I have developed my own creative and critical thinking skills by be being a part of NH Destination Imagination since 1994. I further honed my skills as an instructor when I attained my M.ED. in Elementary and General Special Education from Rivier, graduating with Highest Distinction. I worked for 11 years for the Nashua School District as a para-educator, and as a Special Educator teaching HS English, developing curriculum to meet the needs and stimulate the interest of the HS Special Needs Learner. I also work as a Special Educator at the elementary level, again developing and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of the learner.
I am trained in the Wilson Language Program. I used it to improve the reading skills of two young people by 1.5 grade levels in 6 months during the 2012 - 2013 school year.
Among my strengths is my ability to develop a good rapport with young people and being very flexible in my lessons. Should I identify a miscomprehension that is interfering with learning I will scrap a lesson to address the need. My ability to develop a strong rapport is a common thread in my letters of reference.
Albert Einstein said; "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.". This quote is a goal I have set and hope to meet with each student with whom I work.
I am currently certified by the State of NH in Elementary Education (K-8) and in General Special Education. I have successfully worked with students with special needs of all descriptions, ADD/ADHD included. I have developed several strategies to help keep the distractible student engaged, including using multiple modalities of instruction, topics the students find highly engaging, and a great deal of caring and patience. The sensitivity I have towards the needs of the students and the patience I have in working with the students has contributed to the success that students have experienced.
I am currently certified by the State of NH in Elementary Education (K-8) and in General Special Education. I am trained in the Wilson Language Program. I passed the PRAXIS II for Elementary Education with a score of 190/200 earning the “ETS Certificate of Excellence” for scoring in “the top 15 percent of all test takers who took this assessment in previous years.” I have successfully worked with elementary students, in one case improving a student's reading and comprehension from 34 pre-primer words in August '12 to early 2nd grade in June '13.
I have worked the past three years as an elementary special educator modifying curriculum for 2nd - 4th graders, making all subjects, including Mathematics, accessible, interesting and meaningful for the learners. My score for the Mathematics portion of the PRAXIS II -Elementary Content Knowledge was three points above the top of the average range. I find mathematic interesting and would like to help others find it as interesting as I.
I have worked the past three years as an elementary special educator modifying curriculum for 2nd - 4th graders, making all subjects, including Science, accessible, interesting and meaningful for the learners. My score for the Science portion of the PRAXIS II -Elementary Content Knowledge was four points above the top of the average range. I find science, especially natural science, magnetism and electricity, and geology interesting and exciting. I would like to help others find it as fun and interesting as I.
I am currently certified by the State of NH in Elementary Education (K-8) and in General Special Education. I am trained in the Wilson Language Program. I used it to improve the reading skills of two young people by 1.5 grade levels in 6 months during the 2012 - 2013 school year. Had I had the hour block of time with the students as recommended instead of 30 minute blocks I was able to eke out, I believe they could have been brought up to grade level.
Numbers are fun, or they can be, if one has not developed a phobia of mathematics. We use math everyday, in so many different circumstances, that everyone needs to be able to develop their mathematic reasoning skills, not just the rote memorization of math facts. Memorization of facts helps in solving calculation, but students also need to have an understanding and an ability to reason and select the tools appropriate for the problems. Students have told me I have an ability to strengthen those skills and give them those "AHA" moments, when suddenly it all makes sense, and math is no longer scary.
I love reading, word derivations and anything thought provoking. I work hard to share that excitement with students and to nurture an independent interest in literacy in learners. I have worked at both the High School and Elementary level; creating and modifying English and Reading curriculum, making it accessible, interesting and meaningful for the learners. I am also trained in (and personally own the materials for) the Wilson Reading System. I used the Wilson method to improve the reading ability and comprehension of students with whom I worked by more than a grade level during the 2012/13 school year.
I have a M.Ed in Elementary and General Special Education. I have worked with students with special needs for 11 years in the public schools. The students I have worked with have experienced great success in their learning. Most recently, one child improved her reading skills from knowing only 34 pre-primer sight words in August to reading and understand early 2nd grade text.
I have been a certified teacher for students with special needs for six years, and for five years before that I was a para-educator working with students in need of special services. Students with special needs require more direct instruction in developing study skills that will serve their specific learning style. The students with whom I have worked have had a variety of different abilities; so in order to meet their needs I have developed many different tools to help them succeed.
Writing is one of the more difficult tasks faced by many students. Organizing thoughts and then transferring them to the written word can at times be overwhelming. Our minds go so much faster than our hands are able to commit thoughts to paper or keyboard. This can lead to frustration, or choppy and disjointed prose.
Developing the skills and abilities of young people to convey their thoughts via the written word is extremely important in today's society. Students need to understand that texting is not writing, and what they input on a cell phone is not what they will use when communicating with coworkers.
I have successfully helped students develop their abilities to communicate using the written word at both the high school and elementary school level using a variety of methods. I have been trained in the 'John Collins Writing Method'. I enjoy writing and encouraging others to write.
Knowledgeable in several areas. — My 2 daughters have had a few one hour sessions with Wendy and they enjoy their time. I wanted to wait a while before giving my review. Originally we thought they would need a math tutor, but the girls were resistant. And Wendy thought they just needed more time on the fundamentals which can be done through flashcards and computer programs. So we asked Wendy to help with Math games and Lateral Thi ...
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