Grand View University (Elementary education)
Hello, My name is Connie and I've been a professional tutor for over 10 years. I am experienced teaching students of all ages and abilities in almost all subjects (except higher level math and science). I also work as a professional writer and artist. I have experience with students who have ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, NVLD, etc. I've tutored a boy as young as 3 years old and a grandmother learning how to read. I have a degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement and did an internship with a tutoring agency that specialized in using art to help those with special needs. I've written and illustrated a children's book of poetry.
I am a very gentle and patient person, and I want to get to know you, so I know the best educational approach to take. I want your feedback. I take pride in offering individualized instruction, not a prepackaged program. I use a holistic approach to learning, and I feel it is important to nurture everyone's creativity with praise.
Well, I am an avid reader, so I am very well-read. I'm a great writer; writing college papers was a snap for me. I write poetry and enjoy playing with words and concepts. I have over 10 years of tutoring experience. I have experience teaching ESL, songwriting and poetry. I've taught English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing to many students. I've volunteered at the Literacy Center to help Spanish-speaking students learn English.
I'd like to get to know you and how you learn best! Please get in touch with me so we can start your learning process and schedule time together. Hello, My name is Connie and I've been a professional tutor for over 10 years. I am experienced teaching students of all ages and abilities in almost all subjects (except higher level math and science). I also work as a professional writer
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During my undergraduate coursework, I completed in an internship in an agency which specialized in tutoring children with special needs, including ADD/ADHD. I learned how to break up learning into small tasks, how to help the children get centered, how to help them focus, and how to provide tactical sensory experiences to aid in grounding. I learned how to incorporate art into the learning experience with large clay letters and how to help students with self-esteem using clay models of themselves. I learned how to use devices such as hourglasses (you can play your game until all the sand is in the bottom) to aid in structure and discipline.
When I was an undergraduate I worked in a tutoring agency that used the Davis method for helping people with dyslexia. I learned the techniques of forming large clay letters to go with clay pictures so that students could create a visual library for themselves about what words mean (associating the word with a picture) and also having their brain take a picture of the shape of the word so they could remember it. This was called "symbol mastery." I developed a good understanding of how children with dyslexia think in pictures and also that sometimes dyslexia mimics a convergent eye problem. I have taught many dyslexic children successfully in my over 10 years of tutoring, the most successful turning herself around from hating school and having no friends to loving it and being very successful socially.
I have a degree in elementary education. I did an internship in an agency that specialized in helping students with ADD, ADHD, and autism. I have a reading endorsement. During the course of earning my degree, I learned about all the subjects being taught in all of the grades. I also have worked as a tutor for over 10 years, and have taught most subjects to those elementary aged children. In my tutoring I've helped children learn how to read and how to process math; I've assisted with writing, social studies, science and history homework, as well as phonics and spelling.
When I was an undergraduate, I earned a reading endorsement. The course was taught by a wonderful woman who actually taught reading herself; she taught me all about the word lists, and rhyming words, and word families, etc. I also assisted in a kindergarten where I worked with the Jolly Phonics program, the best one I've seen. I know how to do reading assessments, pinpoint where a student is in the reading process (learning the alphabet, distinguishing between short and long sounds, putting sentences together, rhyming words, using word families, blending, developing fluency, etc.). I've tutored for over 10 years and successfully taught phonics to students, usually those between 2nd and 3rd grade, where reading problems start to develop.
My education in special needs began as an undergraduate, where I did an internship in an agency that specialized in using art to help children with special needs. There, I taught students with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD. I tutored on my own for over 10 years and taught a student with a NVLD on the Asperger's spectrum, as well as many with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD. I also worked as a teacher aide in two different kindergartens, in a special needs classroom which involved students of junior high age, and as an aide integrating a child with autism into a mainstream kindergarten. I also worked as an Art Instructor in a day care which specialized in helping adults with developmental disabilities.
I worked for a year as a reporter for a community newspaper in Iowa. I added a year of independent study to my elementary education degree. The year included taking as many creative writing classes as possible (a minor in liberal arts). My English teachers said I was so good at researching and writing papers I should be publishing sooner rather than later.
I've worked as a tutor for over 10 years and find I very much enjoy assisting with writing homework, helping students with ADD/ADHD/dyslexia research and write their papers. I also enjoy the part of the business where I write copy and set up brochures and websites for the business.