I really enjoy helping all students read to learn as well as learn to read. One on one tutorial is the best way to accomplish this goal. Small group cooperative learning is also a successful way for student to learn to read.
As a teacher-technologist, I have learned that all students are different and require differentiated types of tasks to achieve success. My typical day as a T-Tech include grades PreK-5th using the computer to learn a variety of tech applications and using those applications to learn reading, science, math, and writing skills. I had back to back classes, with little time to organize so I had to plan ahead. So many days I stayed after school until the night hours to plan and organize computer with instruction, manipulatives with charts. Technology integration is the best way to engage students in learning in this 21st century.
Through the years, I have learned a variety of management skills as peer tutoring and small group cooperative learning These are truly ways to manage behavior as students learn. Warm fuzzies as treats and stickers sometimes help students focus and finish their work.Without a doubt, learning contracts are quite effective because they are real life, communicative and develop self esteem self directive learning.
To help students pass standardized tests, I have also worked on Saturdays as a second language reading tutor. I was so happy to apply my knowledge and skills learned through my Masters. The most enjoyable part of my job was teaching students and watching them learn new skills and using old skills to enhance new skills to develop creativity.
As a retired teacher, just retired Ocober 31st 2012, I loved working with my co-oworkers. We shared ideas about teaching and students learning as we met in meetings and at our workshops and at social events after school. Reading- Pajama Night and Math, Science and Technology Night was truly fun and interesting for teachers and students, Yes, I truly miss students and fellow teachers and teaching and seeing students learn. I am a giver and I love people.
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