If I've learned anything from childcare and teaching, it's this: the more you put into a lesson the more they get out of it. It sounds simple, and I believe it should be. I like to incorporate the senses and get kids out of their chairs. In the ESL classroom my students write and perform dialogues, teach one another new vocabulary through games, write acronyms to remember concepts and systems, sing songs with target vocabulary, anything that keeps them active and interactive in a learning environment. With 1-on-1 tutoring, my activities may change but my methods remain the same. Without movement and varied activity, an hour with a tutor can seem like an eternity. I have the resources and energy to create active lessons which serve to deeply ingrain information.
I am currently pursuing my Master's of Education in Special Education K-12 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Meanwhile I work at a tutor at VCU's Global Education Office, assisting international students in English language and various assignments.
I have worked in child care for 8 years and have had the opportunity to work with a varied age range (infant-early high school). With my more extensive jobs, I tutor: helping kids with homework, teaching how to read, write, and spell, drilling math problems, and playing word games.
In 2010 I worked as a live-in nanny in Istanbul, teaching an 8 and 9 year-old English. We had 2 hours of formal lessons in the morning and the rest of the day was informal conversation, songs and games.
In 2012 I moved to Thailand and earned a TEFL certification from SEE TEFL (120-hour on-site training). I learned a wide range of teaching techniques regarding ESL and phonics.
From 2012-2013 I worked as a full-time teacher at The Prince Royal's College, a private Christian school ranking in the Top 20 in Thailand. I taught 8th and 9th graders in the Focused English Program in daily 1-hour classes. My students were intermediate-advanced level, so I had the opportunity to do a number of creative extensive projects with them. My students ranked highest in their grades on Thailand's national test (ONET) and all 41 of my 9th graders were accepted into the High School Advanced English program.
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