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Central Washington University (Elementary Education)
Throughout the more than 20 years that I have been working with students grades 3-6, I have found that those who have difficulty learning a topic tend to feel as if they are no good at it. For that reason, when I work with students, I help them to see what they are good at and then help them to build on that. Taking the mystery or impossibility out of a topic and making it real is key to all of us when learning difficult things! I have applied that idea when teaching in the regular classroom, tutoring one-on-one, working with small groups, teaching summer school designed to help struggling students reach proficiency, working with bilingual/bi-cultural students, helping middle school students understand the abstractness of algebra, and in my own learning. It is just a matter of figuring out how to make it all make sense!
The greatest joy of my career has been seeing the light come on for a student who previously felt no understanding. Once that light comes on, the ceiling lifts, and the student can move forward. During each step, however, the topic has to be real and meaningful to the student in order for him or her to continue to achieve.
Although most of my teaching experiences have been with students in grades 3-6, I have also worked with grades K-2 and middle school when providing reading, writing, and math support. Those experiences have helped me see where students have been and where they need to go. Some of the most rewarding times have been when former students have come back to me to get help with their current classes. Usually, it has been a matter of helping them see what they already know about the topic, identifying what they need to know, getting organized in using the tools available, then clarifying the topic for them so that they begin to see meaning and value in it. Those who reach out for help have already done the most difficult thing: Recognizing that they need help and being willing to get it. Those of you reaching out for help fit into that very category! Throughout the more than 20 years that I have been working with students grades 3-6, I have found that those who have difficulty learning a topic tend to feel as if they are no good at it. For that reason, when I work with students, I help them to see what they are good at and then help them to build on that. Taking the mystery or impossibility
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I have taught at the elementary level for over 20 years. Throughout those years, I also tutored students outside of school time, and during the summers. My minor is in reading, and I am highly qualified at the elementary level, as well as highly qualified to teach middle school math.
I've taught summer school math grades 3-6, tutored that age-level of students, and currently teach sixth grade math. I've been very involved in program adoption and the move from Alaska State Standards to the Common Core.
My minor in reading included training to teach phonics, which has been an integral part of reading instruction throughout the years. Phonics has also been key to spelling instruction. Finally, I worked with kindergartners within a phonics-based reading program.
One of the most critical skills for upper-elementary students has been study skills. How to manage time, how to actually study, how to keep track of assignments, how to use a planner and binder, and how to remember necessary materials are critical to academic success. I have worked with every student who I've taught (including those on 504 Plans) to help them develop study skills.