A little about me and my successes. I have a Masters' degree from Dallas Baptist University and a B.S. from Texas Woman's University in Journalism with a minor in Government. I have taught developmental reading and writing at the Dallas County Community College District with an eighty percent success rate. I have always LOVED to read and I enjoy sharing that love of reading with others. I have found that most students who do not do well in reading do not like to read. The problem with not liking to read is that almost every job still requires reading and reading comprehension. Sure, you can get a job flipping burgers at McDonalds--and that is an honorable job. However, if you don't read the order screen accurately and I get a fish sandwich instead of a Big Mac I am not going to be happy and if your mistakes continue you probably will lose your job. Reading in today's society is really important. Nearly every job now has e-mail as a means of communication. If you can not read, comprehend and respond accurately you probably won't keep that job very long. My point here is that reading and reading comprehension and writing are very important tools in today's world. I have developed many different ways to teach reading and writing. We do a lot of reading and a lot of discussing what we read. We write about what we read. In my opinion, one has to do both reading and writing well. The skills required in both reading and writing can be taught together. For example: If you are talking about how to find a topic sentence in reading a paragraph then learning how to write a topic sentence is a good way to re-enforce both skills. Learning how to find a topic sentence and learning how to write a topic sentence certainly re-enforces both skills and with enough practice soon both skills will be an easy task.
In my classes we continually practice skills so that we don't forget them. We may add another skill in and practice several skills at the same time. Sometimes we might just practice one skill at a time. I use many different kinds of practice for skills. I read out loud with my classes. We write summaries for chapters we read. We describe someone in the book--in words and sometimes we draw that person and then put what we drew into words. Reading or writing does not have to be boring. Sometimes it is boring, but most of the time we can make it fun.
I hope that you like what you have read here. If I can help you with your reading, writing, English or photography I would be honored to do so.
I am also fluent in American Sign Language. I have been signing, interpreting and teaching sign language for thirty years and would be happy to tutor students with hearing loss or deafness.
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