My experience with tutoring began with teaching survival English to neighbors in La Puente, California. Subsequent experience teaching English as a Second Language included classroom experience through Metropolitan Adult Education, and teaching immersion English for a summer program for Japanese high school students as well as teaching English to international students from grades 2 through 8 at a private boarding school. I also had the experience of tutoring in the context of a 'pull-out' program at an elementary school whereby I would tutor a student, or several students together on English vocabulary and usage before returning them to their class.
My teaching experience after obtaining a standard elementary teaching credential in California also wove together the strands of classroom teaching and tutoring. Student teaching in 1st and 6th grades and classroom teaching experience in 3rd and 5th grades prepared me for coordinating a tutoring program at my alma mater, San Jose State University. I trained college students to tutor elementary school children and followed up with them throughout their tutoring tenure. The one-on-one teaching experience which began with homeschooling our son in the 2nd grade spanned the years through our son's high school graduation and then the high school graduation of his sister 3 years later. As part of our homeschooling, I also taught history, public speaking, and interpretive (dramatic) speaking to small groups.
Subsequent to homeschooling our children, I taught a year-long course in writing to a small group of upper elementary age children. I also tutored two adult students in English as a Second Language through a company sponsored program. Volunteer experience teaching Sunday school and mentoring continues the pattern of experience with younger pupils and adults alike.
As a young adult, while between other assignments, I helped my mother out in her 3rd grade class by taking charge of a small group. Seeing the 'aha' moment which followed instruction has fueled my interest in instructing students ever since.
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