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Children suffering from ADD/ADHD suffer from the inability to concentrate, complete work, and often lack social skills. Although medicine may be the answer for some children, there are other techniques and alternatives that can be used in helping your child learn. I have experience working with this type of child as well as providing parents and students with information and resources in finding the right tools and techniques to advance their learning.
I have been teaching in elementary now for 8 years. I have taught grades 1-3 as well as taught and tutored extensively children in grades 4-5. For the older students, my specialty is teaching them math and math concepts tackling and being able to understand the more difficult math concepts, such as problem solving (word problems), fractions, division, GCF, etc. as well as preparing them for STAAR. For the younger students, I enjoy math as well as teaching phonics and helping children to be able to read (great phonics program) and once in second grade, start to really focus on reading comprehension reading longer passages and figure out the different components that the author is trying to get across. My newest venture that I have enjoyed is helping students prepare for private school entrance exams as students must use logic and reasoning to solve problems (many times having to figure out the pattern /relationship. Also included in this is being able to read / comprehend texts as well as solve math problems.
Teaching elementary math has become a great enjoyment for me. As I was not very good at math when I was younger, I understand how your child feels and know how to reverse that feeling and give your child confidence, skills, and strategies to help him / her succeed. As for my math qualifications, I currently teach a higher-level rigorous math curriculum to the students that I teach at my own school which has shown to be very successful. I have also tutored several third, fourth, and fifth graders who have been very successful on the state assessment, STAAR. I use a combinations of strategies to teach your child math such as short math education videos, manipulatives, effective websites that forces your child to practice skills as well as apply information to solve for work problems and problem solving. I also teach your child effective strategies that they can recall and use when solving all parts of the math curriculum. As I do teach the Texas TEKS and math standards for the state of Texas, I also feel it is important for your child to be competitive with other children across the U.S. so therefore I also concentrate on the U.S Common Core curriculum (more complete and rigorous)as well as teach your child the skill needed for the next grade your child will be attending.
I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
As I have taught the early grades for a few years, I am well versed in teaching both phonics rules and sounds. This establishes the foundation which helps children to read, write, and comprehend. My phonics program consists of isolating and learning individual sounds, placing the individual sound within several words, and having the child figure out and remember the word(s). I use word families, daily blending (using challenging words), spelling tests, word work, memorizing spelling and phonics rules, using each of these components to make your child a confident and successful reader. I also will ask your child numerous questions to make sure they understand the phonics and spelling rules and how to apply them correctly leaving no ambiguity. I then follow up with repeated practice and exposure.
If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!
As an elementary educator and tutor, I have tutored many hours with the TAKS and STAAR exam. I can teach your child how to really read and find what the question is asking, how to eliminate potential answers and ultimately solve the problem correctly. With reading comprehension, I can teach your child the different literary structures and how the test asks these questions.