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Teaching Experience in an Elementary School

My few months that I got to spend at an elementary school in CS School District 11 helping the 1st grade class was amazing! Working with low SES (socioeconomic status-meaning those with many economic challenges) students has always been my passion, and to finally work with them was a dream come true.

I learned a LOT about classroom management, a little about teaching methods, and a tad about myself. If you've never had the chance to work with someone less fortunate than yourself, I would highly recommend it! It will be one of the most rewarding things you will do in your life.

But I digress. While at the school, I gained a few new tools to engage with students. A writing method known as Orton Gillingham was very popular at the school. It engages with all of the learning styles, which is unheard of until a couple decades ago. The students see the word (engaging the visual learner), hear it spoken (engaging the aural learner), they write it in pencil (engaging the read/write learners), and finally write the word in crayon on a special screen that creates a bumpy word, and trace the word with their fingers (reengaging the read/write learners, and engaging the kinesthetic learner). This creates a firm grasp of the word, no matter the kind of student. All that, just for teaching a kid to write a few words!

What a lot of decades of teachers failed to do is engage every student, they used lectures and rote memorization to "teach children". The direction of teaching now is to catch every student and make sure everyone is learning. That's why "I will ensure that every child regardless of learning style has a chance to engage with the world in the way that best suits them" is part of my Philosophy of Education. If you would like to have help with you child learning to write, whether it's learning to write the physical words, putting the words together in a sentence, or putting the sentences together in a report, I can help them make the grade!

Comments

Hi Doug! Great blog post! It's awesome to hear about all of the new methods you picked up during your experience, especially using Orton Gillingham! Using these new ways to differentiate your instruction for your students is sure to make you an even more outstanding tutor. Best of luck! -Lana
Hi Doug! Great blog post! It's awesome to hear about all of the new methods you picked up during your experience, especially using Orton Gillingham! Using these new ways to differentiate your instruction for your students is sure to make you an even more outstanding tutor. Best of luck! -Lana