I served as a Dyslexia/Intervention Specialist for Pasadena ISD for a period of five years. I serviced over sixty students at five different schools. I am familiar with dyslexia and all its related disorders such as dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and most recently dyslogic. My intense training through the Neuhaus Education Center taught me how to help struggling readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) and how to connect those letter sound correspondences to reading and writing.
I have remained an in-house tutor at a local elementary school for the last five years. I have had access to any and all students in grades 2-5 on a daily basis and have tutored them in math, reading, writing, and science.
I have tutored elementary math for the last few years and have had great success. Depending on the level of ability, my instruction will concentrate on the five building blocks of math. Success in math depends on a student's ability to understand numbers with instant recall for addition and multiplication and related facts for subtraction and division. I will guarantee my student will understand place value which is the foundation of our number system. Once place value is understood, I will introduce whole number operations necessary for adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division. Once these foundations are stable, I will teach fractions and decimals, which are essential for an introduction to algebra. Once all five founding blocks are in place, students will be able to perform one step, two step, and multistep problems without frustration.
Students must develop understanding and skills necessary to be problem-solvers in a scientific and technological world and develop the ability to know, use, and interpret scientific explanation of the natural world.
Until students understand how to write a good sentence, they will always struggle with writing. I have developed a program of color coding sentences that has proven to be extremely successful with regular students as well as with students with special needs. This system allows students to manipulate sets of words into simple sentences, complex sentences, phrases, and clauses. It helps students understand the purpose of punctuation and capitalization. With practice, students understand the job of prepositions, adverbs, and adjectives and helps them make their writing come alive.
I am familiar with most required reading in local school districts and can help students learn to recognize plot, conflict, characters, point of view, and theme. If a student is having difficulty in the classroom, I can provide a resource of knowledge with which to discuss a work of literature. My BA is in Literature so I am fully qualified to recognize most written works.
As a dyslexia specialist, I am able to teach children the relationship between letters (graphemes) and individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. My goal is to help students understand this relationship and recognize familiar words accurately and decode new words.
Phonics instruction is most effective when it begins in kindergarten or first grade; however, many individuals find themselves in middle school or high school without a working knowledge of phonics. I developed a program designed to correct the problems resulting from dyslexia or simply not having learned to read when reading was taught. I have used this program with students ranging in age from seven to twenty-seven with consistent success.
Reading comprehension is defined as understanding and interpreting what is read. Students must be able to simultaneously decode, make connections, think deeply, determine cause and effect, all while drawing conclusions based on prior knowledge and past experiences. I will provide strategies that enables a student to read for understanding. My goal is to help students take appropriate notes, identify main ideas, and recognize and develop summaries for classroom reading passages.
I am certified in Generic Special Education and my job descriptions have included English, Content Mastery, and Resource for sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. I have taught a self-contained sixth and seventh grade class of twelve of whom eleven were returned to the regular classroom.
Struggling spellers will not be successful spellers until they get their phonemic awareness in control. I will provide a scientific approach that will help a student understand how syllables join together to make words.
For the past three years I have been employed in Pasadena ISD as a staff tutor to prepare students for the STAAR. My experience as a dyslexia specialist and Special Education certification, in addition to my certification in English and Language Arts, give me the opportunity to reach students of all abilities. My Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction enables me to design specific lessons for individual learning styles. My tutoring groups have, without exception, been successful in showing phenomenal success.
Study skills help students remember and learn new information. Time management and management skills to be taught are organizing and maintaining a notebook, recording assignments, and using calendars and schedules. Suggestions that may help include setting up a comfortable learning area designed to facilitate a workable study routine. Study skills must be designed for each individual around their own lifestyles. My instructions include tips on following directions, using reading strategies, using mnemonics for memory strengthening, and organizing thoughts. In addition, I offer tips on reading expository material, vocabulary development, note taking systems, test taking skills, as well as strategies for writing.
Vocabulary is basically how words and grammar combine to form patterns. How they are used to organize thoughts on paper can present a problem to students who have limited access to conversation.
My instruction in vocabulary includes:
the meaning of a word.
its spoken and written form.
prefix, suffix, and root form.
the part of speech it represents.
any synonym or antonym that may apply.
An effective writer needs to understand the necessary progression needed for good writing. In addition, students must be comfortable with their knowledge of grammar and the variety in which they can develop sentences. My instruction will give the struggling writer the necessary tools to transfer what is in their mind to another medium.
High school curriculum has now been expanded to incorporate a need for brevity in the form of OERS (Open Ended Responses). I can help students who previously were taught to elaborate and expound upon their ideas to limit their responses with fewer words. I will teach them to answer the question, cite from the text using details and quotes for support, and explain the connection between the two.