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Hi. My name is Theresa. I have recently taken Early Retirement from teaching Special Education in the New Jersey Public Schools. I have enjoyed this respite, but now find I miss teaching and interacting with students and their families. Therefore, I have decided to use my experience as a teacher to service students in a tutoring capacity.
I have years of experience teaching elementary subjects - including Reading, Language Arts, Spelling, and Mathematics. I am able to work with children individually or in a small group setting.
I realize that many children need reinforcement in order to master their daily curriculum. Sometimes just a few extra moments spent on a topic or a few extra examples given will help with skill development.
Having interacted with various types of students throughout my career, I understand the importance of relating to each child as an individual and providing a comfortable environment for them to learn. Developing a rapport with even the most challenging student has been a strong suit of mine. Please consider allowing me to help your child succeed.
As a seasoned Special Educator, I have spent numerous years in the classroom teaching elementary students w/ ADD/ADHD. During that time, I received training in various techniques to assist these students. In addition to my training, I personally feel that patience is one of the key elements in helping ADD/ADHD students achieve success. I currently tutor in a morning program with a middle school/high school population, many of whom are classified as ADD/ADHD.
I have nearly 30 years experience teaching elementary Special Education in all subject areas. My concentration has been in teaching Language Arts and Mathematics. I have taught from the 1st grade level up to the 7th grade level. As a Special Educator, I am able to teach to the needs of each individual student. I am able to determine which academic areas need to be addressed, and gear my lessons accordingly. I have also been successful in working with challenging students. I understand the importance of developing a rapport with students, thus providing a comfortable environment for learning.
I have nearly 30 years' experience as a Teacher of the Handicapped. During my tenure, I had instructed students w/ Learning Disabilities, Communication Disorders, Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, as well as students w/ Aspergers and those that were Hard of Hearing. The ages of my students ranged from 9 to 15 years. The instructional level ranged from Grade 1 to Grade 7. I have worked w/ students individually, in small groups, as well as whole class settings. And I have taught all subjects, with a focus on Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics.
As an experienced teacher, I have developed an understanding of the importance of allowing children to learn at their own rate and in emphasizing the use of their individual learning styles. At an early age, it is valuable for students to begin to develop positive work habits. Students should be exposed to how to organize their assignments, determine the time needed per assignment and schedule accordingly. They need to learn how to be prepared with required materials, including directions and expectations for the assignment. Students should learn how to be consistent with time and location when completing homework (if possible). Some of the techniques which can be used as study skills are previewing reading assignments including graphics, reading questions first, developing a purpose for reading,
outlining, note-taking, highlighting important data, summarizing, reviewing returned work, using a dictionary for unfamiliar words, checking math problems, reviewing math examples and steps for problem solving, etc.
Finally, teachers and parents should work together to help make learning and homework a positive experience.
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