As a retired Special Education teacher, I have worked with students of all ages and abilities. I am an expert at breaking tasks down into small, attainable steps, instructing the student on how to master each step, and then practicing the entire task. My students achieved a high level of success with this approach.
I have had experience using the Wilson Reading Program, which is a phonics-based way of learning to read and spell. First the students learn to distinguish the sounds contained in one-syllable words; then they learn the sounds and the corresponding alphabet letter. Learning to spell by sounds at the same time they are learning to read produces great ability to sound out new words and to spell words heard orally. Best of all, the program is designed to be used for students of all ages!
In teaching mathematics, I have worked closely with the second-grade math curriculum and also the ninth-grade one. I use fun, creative methods whenever necessary to get the concept across. My students have especially enjoyed using a game-show format to learn the necessary material.
I have tutored many students who were not diagnosed as needing Special Education. With one boy who had difficulty learning his weekly spelling words, I practiced the words in several ways. His favorite was reversing roles so that he was the teacher and I took the spelling test, making numerous mistakes. He corrected the test and got to write comments like, "Have parent sign," which he took great delight in. Boosting self-esteem is something I've always been concerned with.
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