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I have taught reading, writing, literature, science, math up through trig and social studies in public and private schools, grades 4-12. My most fun project was creating a small private school for serious athletes. (One of my former students won a bronze medal in men's gymnastics at the Bejing Olympics!)My curriculum allowed students to make above-grade-level progress in only four hours a day, with little or no homework. (The secret - we didn't waste time.)My high school students began taking college level English and math classes at the community college when I deemed them ready. Two were only fifteen. All my students were so successful that the president of the college sought me out to learn what I was doing. Some of my favorite moments in teaching include: working with a fifth grader who could not read and an eighth grade algebra student who had not mastered basic math. Both students were up to grade level by the end of the academic year. My skill is in assessing exactly where a student's strengths and weaknesses lie, then making fast progress. I communicate well with children and have never met a student who could not learn. I relocated to Arlington after my quadriplegic son graduated from Duke Law School. When I am not taking care of his medical needs, I love working with young people.
I have taught grades 4-12. Two things help a child feel confident and prepared to do his or her best on the HSPT and future standardized tests. The first is having solid academic skills. The second is feeling comfortable working in the testing environment. I help students develop test-taking skills and work on any academic weakness. I am a licensed teacher and have taught grades 4-8 in public and private schools. Strong reading, writing, and math skills are the foundation for successful completion of the verbal and quantitative skills, reading, mathematics, and language portions of the HSPT. (Please let me know if the school requires any of the optional tests for science, mechanical aptitude, or religion.)
The key to successful preparation for the verbal, reading, and language sections is just to read as much as possible. I excel at helping students to find books that they are excited to read on their own. I have had unenthusiastic middle school readers picking up Tolstoy and Shakespeare in one semester. I help families to establish habits that enhance the test prep and guarantee future academic success.
I am comfortable teaching writing - from basic spelling, vocabulary, and sentence construction to research papers and creative fiction.
I have an extensive background in mathematics rarely found in elementary teachers. Beyond memorizing facts, I help children to see how math applies to real life.
I am a licensed teacher and have taught grades 4-6 in public and private schools. Strong reading, writing, and math skills are the foundation for future academic success.
I have taught every aspect of reading from sound and word recognition through the skills necssary to read great literature. For emergent readers, selection of books that will capture their attention is paramount. I am familiar with children's literature and can help with recommendations - even for boys. I've had 6th graders reading Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
I am comfortable teaching writing - from basic spelling, vocabulary, and sentence construction to research papers and creative fiction. I have worked with a student whose severe spelling deficit masked a gifted storyteller, building his confidence and skills.
I have an extensive background in mathematics rarely found in elementary teachers. Beyond memorizing facts, I help children to see how math applies to real life. I have taken an 8th grader who did not know her addition facts and had her ready for algebra in one school year. I have also taught algebra and geometry to a gifted 3rd grader.
I work with parents so life-long learning habits are established. Children naturally enjoy learning. My goal is to make sure the whole family feels good about the time we spend together.
I am a professional teacher who has been trained to teach reading at all levels. In both my undergraduate education training and subsequent re-certification classes, I have received training in phonics instruction. In the classroom and tutoring, I have helped students use phonics to learn to read and to sound-out new vocabulary words. I also have a background with Latin and German pronunciation rules that are useful at the secondary level when encountering words that seem to have no reasonable pronunciation.
I have taken several classes in public speaking and taught public speaking for 2 years in a private instructional setting. Public speaking has two very distinct components: content and delivery. You have to have something to say, and it must be said in a way that engages the audience. I teach students to: (1) consider the audience; (2)develop a theme and supporting ideas; (3) enrich the content with memorable stories, facts, and other materials that engage the audience; and (4) practice a comfortable delivery.
I am a certified classroom teacher and have taught primary and secondary students. Study skills can range from: (1) practicing a skill repeatedly until it is mastered, to (2) memorizing facts, to (3) figuring out how to learn on your own, to (4) discovering, (5) to researching, etc. As a teacher, my job is to help students recognize what skill is needed and help them to plan their learning.
Great First Class — Lauri was excellent when teaching math to our nine-year-old daughter. She arrived with good ideas for activities and was both enthusiastic and encouraging. Our daughter typically does not enjoy learning math for any length of time, but she easily spent an hour with Lauri and had no complaint. Afterwards, Lauri sent a thorough evaluation of the session, including our daughter's strength's and weakn ...
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