Hello! For many years, I gave speech and language therapy to preschool and elementary children. When it was time to go back to get my master's degree, I decided that I wanted to do something different. So, I thought, "What about reading"? I graduated from the Literacy Program at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Since then I have helped students in many different capacities with their reading and writing challenges. I worked as a substitute reading teacher in the elementary schools, and I gave private tutoring to children at their homes and local libraries. It has been very rewarding and enriching to me: to see children who had limited access to books and no desire to read, to children who want to read and begin to see reading as something interesting and fun to participate in.
For the past two years, I have been teaching Reading and Elementary Education courses in the state of Virginia. I have taught in public, as well as private schools, as a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. I am so happy to be back in New York again to resume my teaching career.
I believe that reading involves a "transaction" between the reader and the text. To help students make the necessary connections, I have used the true story of "Brave Norman" and my own dog Hildy. Both dogs have disabilities; Norman is blind and Hildy has a crooked mouth. I use a graphic organizer to show the students the similarities and differences of both animals. The students enjoy hearing about both stories and can make the necessary connections to their own lives and are able to bring comprehension and awareness to the reading process. During the writing process, I usually have the students write something that has made an "impact" on their thinking about the text that was presented. Are the stories sad or funny? Do you know an animal with a disability? What would you have done to help these animals? Have you ever gone to an animal shelter to adopt an animal? After hearing about these stories, would you go or not go to an animal shelter? Why? If we tutor together I'll tell you more about Norman and Hildy; both stories are amazing and heart-warming!
Remember, reading should be fun. So, begin by reading books that you like. If the book is too hard, then it probably is. Leave it and just get another book. There are so many books out there to read. Get one that's just right for YOU! And have FUN!
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