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Hello! Let me introduce myself and tell you a little about myself. I am a certified elementary education teacher who loves to teach grade school level students. I have had the great opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience, however, with students from Kindergarten through High School. My favorite thing in this world is to see children succeed in school, but more importantly in life. I have experience teaching students who thrive in the classroom, as well as those who have trouble with a variety of subjects such as reading and math. Some of the students I have worked with in the past have struggled with writing as well. For some students it is not so easy to do the work required in the classroom at the same pace or in the same way as other students in the room. I have found that sometimes all it takes is a different strategy or even something as simple as a little more time working on a particular area, such as factors or how to write a good essay to make all the difference for a student. For many students working at home with a tutor like myself makes all the difference. My goal is to see you succeed. One of my strategies is to listen to you when you give me your strategies, and then see if they are working for you. If not, then we can work together to come up with some that will.
I also do not believe in what I call one-way teaching, where I talk all the time and you just have to listen. Sometimes that is what is needed, but most of the time I want your thoughts and input so I can understand how you are looking at a certain subject, such as math factors, or how your thinking process works. Sometimes I ask you questions to get you to think about something, such as when you are writing a response to a book. I also like to use the painted essay for these as it helps you to focus each area of the essay when you are responding to the text and giving details and evidence. For some subjects I like to do projects as well to help reinforce what you've already learned. I do believe in homework assignments. They help me to be sure you understand the subject area, and it also helps me know where to begin the lesson, whether or not we need to review something. I do not, however, believe in giving so much homework that students have no time for fun. Fun and resting is also an important part of your education as it gives your brain time to reflect on what you have learned, and it keeps you healthy!
I have more than 3 years experience working with students who deal with ADD/ADHD at various grade levels from Kindergarten through High School.I have learned that patience and redirection are required when working with students who struggle with ADD/ADHD. ADD/ADHD does not mean that a student is incapable of completing assignments or excelling in any area. Understanding that ADD/ADHD means that their attention span is shorter than the average student tells me that these students need extra support when working on projects, worksheets, writing papers, and other assignments that require longer periods of focus. Although my experience with various grade levels and varying degrees of ADD/ADHD has taught me that each student is an individual, I have also learned that each one of these students thrived in an atmosphere where encouragement allowed them to blossom.
I am a certified elementary education teacher who loves to teach grade school level students. Elementary K-6th certification means that I am certified in all subject areas that students in Kindergarten through 6th grade are required to know and be able to do. These areas also include creating community in the classroom by including all students in more than book learning; such as Morning Meeting. K-6th students need a comprehensive curriculum that spans all major subject areas, such as math, science, social studies and reading, but also need direction, guidance, and instruction in being part of a larger community and social expectations as well to help them to achieve and exceed Common Core expectations and to thrive in a community.
I have experience in elementary math from Pre-K through grade 6.
English requires more than just reading a text, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. English also involves proficiency in writing and communication skills as well. To be able to read a book, an article, or other piece of literature and articulate more than the basic facts of what was read is important. However, there is a foundation to English that needs to be addressed first, and that foundation is important to move ahead. I have spent a lot of time in 4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school English class teaching the components necessary to move ahead to the next level for each group. Sixth grade English comprises not only spelling but vocabulary and many different types of text. To be able to understand the texts requires understanding the vocabulary and grammar integrated into the texts. It is extremely important to take into consideration the abilities of each student and make adjustments to lessons within the English curriculum to help them achieve their highest potential.
I have some experience using PowerPoint as a teaching tool, but also as a tool that works with some students who have ADD/ADHD. PowerPoint has many facets that allow students to use it for a variety of subject areas. I have found this to be a useful tool in not only teaching lessons, and as an alternative to writing papers sometimes, but also for those students who have a difficult time focusing in on doing papers only. This affords them a creative outlet and a way to assess them that gives them room to be more creative in displaying and speaking about their understanding of any area of interest or an assigned task.
I have more than 3 years of experience working phonics into the curriculum at various grade levels within public schools. Although most of my experience with phonics in the schools has been at the elementary level, I have also incorporated it into lessons and support for middle and high school students as well. Phonemic awareness allows students to be able to sound out words verbally and mentally. This ability enables students to not only verbalize words that are new to them. This skill enables students to build on their vocabulary, which in turn gives them a the ability to read more complex text. This ability and skill will enhance their further education.
I have experience working with middle school students in this subject area. I completed my student teaching in middle school math and was also a para professional in middle school and high school prealgebra classes. I am familiar with different strategies to help students be able to not only complete assignments but also to understand the questions they are being asked and to break the problems down into chunks.
Reading is awesome! It can take you to different times and different countries. You can also meet a lot of interesting people without ever leaving your home. I have experience teaching reading at several levels.
I have first hand experience with study skills as a graduated college student who graduated cum laude from a state college in Vermont. I understand how important it is to have study skills that work for an individual. I found that, for my self, that not all study skill strategies worked for me. This has proven true for everyone. I have found that some students work better under pressure and can "cram", while most students need to have time to reinforce the material in more than one way. My strategy for teaching study skills is by getting to know the student and how they learn.
Understanding the need for different study skills is essential. Not all strategies for studying work for all students. Study skills are necessary when preparing for exams and quizzes. Gaining these skills in elementary school will build a foundation for students to build on and use during all of their years of schooling. Study skills are also an every day life tool that can be applied to many different types of jobs and careers.
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