I have a master's in reading
development and spent 10 years in the public classroom, two in private, two with the Department of Defense as an Education Specialist with Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Lee, and the last 11 as a home educator. My two sons are now grown and I want to share my love of learning and reading with others.
I believe learning is best achieved by matching the learning to the learning process that best fits him or her, while being given opportunities to learn using other ways than just the primary channel. For example, if a student is excellent at building and dreaming and figuring out math
, but does not like to write or read, then the primary channel of learning should first be in that student's strengths and comfort zone. However, the world will demand the well-rounded student to also work in areas of weakness. So, along with the building and designing may come the drafting notes and summaries, as well as opportunities to share the work through PowerPoint
presentations, Skype charts, composing a learning song, or writing
interactive "white papers". This learning approach does not have to be complex, just multi-dimensional.
My goal is to give my students the opportunity to be "Renaissance Learners" - those individuals who can think on a variety of levels, and are willing to be multi-faceted in their approaches to problem solving. Using a learner's strengths as a foundation, then incorporating planned successes in the less than comfortable areas, gives the student the chance to build a network of skills that will serve him well throughout his lifetime. Sometimes it takes more time to build the success structure, but I believe it is important that the student's internal learning structure should be comprehensive and strong.
As a final piece of housekeeping, once we have established a secure and vetted tutoring relationship, I am more than happy to come to your home. However, being that I have decades of teaching materials in my own home, I am also willing to have you and your student come to my home, and if you choose that route, I am also willing to provide my services at a discount so as to offset the gas you might need to expend.
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This is how I have successfully explained and taught students to use the PQRST study technique... Preview, Question, Read, Study/Summarize, Test.
The student should work through a chapter or study section of a text book such as a Science or Social Studies using the five steps of PQRST.
Preview~ look at every picture, chart, map, and all headlines and caption reading each out loud and seeing...
Elementary skills include:
1.)a strong basic math understanding (order of operations, the basic arithmetic skills, some pre-algebra~i.e., working with one or sometimes two variables in simple equations, percentages, ratios, etc.)
2.)a strong understanding of the basics of both decoding and encoding (i.e., reading and spelling, with an emphasis on phonics), vocabulary development (with...