I am a retired state certified special education teacher with 31 years of experience in working with academically and emotionally challenged students as an English teacher. Although my students were chronologically of high school age, academically they were at lower levels. Since they were expected to pass standardized state exams (ELA Regents/RCT in Reading and Writing), I had to become adept at presenting the content at levels they could understand. Much of my success in this area can be attributed to my also being state certified in Elementary Education N-6. Recently, I began working with a neighbor's child who is 8 years old. I am finding that the conversations are a bit different from those I had with my former students, but the skills and strategies that need to be addressed are the same.
My specialties include all aspects of reading skills: decoding/encoding (Wilson certification), reading comprehension (Ramp-Up to Literacy trained), and test preparation. I have a knack for connecting with even the most reluctant students. I have compiled a wealth of methods and materials and I am always looking to learn new about new ideas.
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