I have more than twenty years in the classroom experience teaching. I hold a California k-12 multiple subject (any classroom, any grade) credential and a Kentucky K-5 credential. There really is no one size fits all program for each student or each subject. In addition to my formal training, I bring an open mind and a unique experience into the room. I possess the self discipline and work ethic of a marathon runner and the wonder of a small child at sunrise.
English Language Arts and Social Studies are a journey of exploration. Each student should be afforded the opportunity to find their own voice and their area of interest, in an environment of directional control. The student provides the voice and together with the teacher they insure that the mechanics of the language allows that voice to be heard.
In each assignment the teacher points the student in the direction of their strengths and creates an underpinning scaffold for their weaknesses. The student then reinforces those strengths and builds new strengths based on that supporting scaffold. This is very much a Socratic voyage for both the teacher and the student. The questions they both ask creates the direction of the learning for both of them. Of course the teacher must always be the primary helmsman, keeping a weather eye on the course of study. Ensuring that students master the base skills needed for the next phase of their education and life.
Science and Math are very different. They are hierarchical. Students cannot progress to the next skill set until they have a firm grasp on the current skill. Not every student will grasp the concept in the same manner. This is where my greatest strength in teaching lays. I am differently abled, I have a rare form of the dyslexia, dyscalculia. With lots of help, I learned to master that ability and turn it to my instructional advantage. When I teach a new skill I offer every method of finding the solution until the method that works for each student is found. I emphasize that the right way to master a skill is the one that works for the student.
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