Greetings. I am a recently retired teacher with an MS in Education and Special Education; I'm licensed in both NY and NJ. I have a variety of effective techniques to work with students in remedial math. I'm comfortable with and experienced working with the full spectrum of students who need special attention to achieve their educational goals. Most importantly, I enjoy my work.
As a math and shop teacher with NY State Office of Mental Health, I developed a program to meet the needs of students diagnosed as MR, ADHD, ED and PDD. My techniques include hands on learning with manipulatives, motor skill tasks, games and video lessons, so that students have a wider opportunity to enhance their math skills and increase their understanding of basic concepts. Learning can be fun and entertaining. NY State Dept. of Education has approved guidelines for this, through their Alternate Assessment Strategies.
I was introduced to this broader view of teaching at Touro Graduate School of Education, where Discovery Learning Methods were part of our instruction. I taught Autistic teens at NY-AHRC Middle and High School, which uses a highly structured approach developed by the University of North Carolina. The idea that we can all learn in different ways was brought home to me me first hand.
During that time frame I got a certification in Assistive Technology, which put me on the road to inventing ways to overcome student limitations.
For several years, I have volunteered as a Math tutor for the Job Corps, which provides GED and job training to "at-risk" students, no longer in the school system. Motivation is a key factor.
So for students from 8 to 25 years of age, "If I can reach 'em, I can teach "em".
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