In college, I took Gospels and Acts and also Old Testament classes. I have been studying the Bible since I could read. If I don't know an answer, I know where to look to find one.
I have taught K-1 for 5 years. I have taught 2nd grade summer school for two years.
I have taught Scott Foresman Science curriculum. I have also had to create my own curriculum.
I majored in English in college. I have helped middle school students understand English. I have experience in the Shurley Method. I have also helped a middle school teacher with some strategies to help students better understand English.
I have been playing the flute for 20 years. I co-taught an upper elementary/middle school band for 3 years.
Being an elementary teacher, I have taught a lot of grammar. This has been especially so in working with ELD students who have a hard time getting subject/verb agreement and many uses of grammar in the English language.
I love to read great books of literature. If I am not familiar with a literary work I will read it to know what it is about.
I have worked on phonemic awareness and phonics with K-1st grade for 5 years. I also have a book on phonics for teachers that I have been using to brush up on my own phonics.
Although I have only played poker for about 3 years, I have won almost 20 tournaments. I have come down to the final two about 50 times.
Having kindergarten through second grade students, I notice a lot of grammatical errors. I have also taught the very beginning stages of proofreading and editing a paper. I believe this should be done at a very early age.
Personally I am a Christian. However, in high school and college, I had to study all religions. In my first grade classroom, I taught a Unit on the Three World Religions. It was about the main three religions in the world: Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism.
Math was always a struggle for me. I had to have a determined teacher who was going to use every strategy he could think of to help me learn my math. Now I have those tools to use and will use all my strategies I have to help you learn your math skills to succeed on the SAT math exam.
I have been a reading coach and have many strategies to help with pulling apart what you are reading and figure out what is needed for each question. I also have many strategies for quick note taking so you understand a passage better.
I struggled with study skills at a young age. I have learned some great study skills and time management skills to get my work complete. I also work with looking at a problem and finding important information. I also work with note taking skills and how to study for a test. I have taught kindergarten through first grade students how study skills can even benefit at a young age. You can use study skills far beyond the classroom.
Hiving ESL students, I have continuously been teaching different vocabulary and many different techniques for using vocabulary.
I have taught first and second graders to write a complete paragraph. I believe that you should learn a five paragraph essay as early as fourth grade. I also use many graphic organizers to help organize thoughts into a paper and help place ideas in the write order.