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I am a secondary English teacher in both the traditional (public and private) and virtual classroom environments. My teaching experience at the secondary level includes English literature and composition, journalism, and creative writing in a public high school and teaching high school English as a virtual ("online") teacher in several virtual classroom platforms (BlackBoard Collaborate, MOODLE, Aventa). I have taught honors and basic skills English courses in addition to the regular curriculum.
I am certified to teach both English (grades 7-12) and Elementary in Pennsylvania (Instructional II) and Elementary (grades K -8) in New Jersey. I have been teaching for over 20 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. I also have extensive teaching experience at the elementary level in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At the elementary level I have experience working with students with learning and reading difficulties both in the whole class and small group settings. At the undergraduate level, I have completed course and field work in diagnosing and working with students with special learning needs.
I love to teach and I love to inspire my students to never settle for less than his or her best - whatever your greatest potential is as a student, I will help you achieve or exceed that! Your success is my success. Whether you need help with English grammar, writing, critical reading and critical thinking skills, or are an elementary or middle school student struggling with a particular content area, my goal is to help you become a lifelong learner who thrives on intrinsic motivation and using what you have learned.
I employ a wide variety of teaching strategies in my tutoring because we all learn and process information in unique ways. I rely heavily on the methods and strategies that have worked in both the virtual and traditional learning environments and adapt those to fit the student's unique learning modality, grade level / age, and abilities in the tutoring environment. I will work with you to help you learn in ways best suited for you.
I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II Elementary (K - 6) and New Jersey State Certification Elementary (K - 8) certifications. In addition, I have taught at the elementary and middle school levels for 10 years, having taught 1st, 3rd, and 6th grades at the elementary level. I also taught 6th grade Reading, 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, 6th grade Math, 7th and 8th grade Math, and 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.
I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and New Jersey State Certification (K-8). I have extensive teaching experience English literature and composition, creative writing, and journalism at the high school and middle school levels, and in Pennsylvania preparing students for the PSSA Reading and Writing exams. My middle school teaching experience in New Jersey includes teaching Reading/Language Arts (RLA) and preparing students for GEPA examination. I also teach English literature and composition at the high school level (grades 9-12) in the virtual ("online") environment.
I am currently a teacher of literature and writing at the high school level. I also hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and am currently pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning with an English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. An essential part of writing instruction includes teaching and helping students understand written grammar (as opposed to spoken grammar). Writing is one of the four ways in which we communicate and to communicate effectively, a solid, working knowledge of grammar is key.
I am pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. I also currently teach literature at the high school level. Literature units include Lord of the Flies, The Color of Water, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare, The House on Mango Street, The Crucible, Of Mice and Men.
In addition to my traditional, brick and mortar, classroom experience, I also teach in the virtual or online environment. This requires extensive use of creating PowerPoint presentations for uploading into my virtual classroom platform such as Blackboard or Elluminate for instructional purposes. In my traditional classroom, I also use PowerPoint presentations uploaded into ActiveInspire for classroom presentations.
I don't think I've used an electronic typewriter since the late 1990s when I purchased a computer. Since then, I use MS Word as a word processor, use it to do mail merges and print envelopes, create a resume and cover letter - and even create worksheets for my traditional classroom. As a virtual teacher, I routinely use track changes after saving the read-only documents and grade many papers that way. I also use track changes to grade papers submitted by students in the traditional environment through Edmodo. I know I was completely lost without access to Word when my computer died a few weeks ago; thankfully everything including Word and my documents were restored.
I am qualified to teach proofreading as a teacher of writing. In addition to teaching the literature, I also teach writing associated with the literature. I have also developed writing curriculum for creative writing and journalism courses, both of which emphasized proofreading and editing.
In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Vocabulary and etymology are the building blocks of reading and writing. You will not understand what you are reading if you don't have sufficient command of vocabulary or understanding of prefixes, suffixes, root or base words. I am qualified to teach vocabulary as an experienced teacher of reading and writing at all levels.
"If you want to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader. If you want to become a better reader, you need to become a better writer." Reading and writing are inseparable from one another; they are interdependent. As a teacher of writing and literature, as well as my experience in teaching an English / Critical Reading test prep course, I not only recognize the value of writing, but have also made myself a student so that I can instruct my students. Current graduate coursework also includes teaching writing across the curriculum, and teaching composition at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Very easy to work with! — Amazingly patient, my daughter loves to work with her. Terri is very knowledgeable and makes tough things easy for understand, providing various strategies to help improve her critical thinking skills. Very highly recommend!!! Thanks Terri!! ...
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