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Antioch College (MEd)
UM Lowell; U Alabama (Graduate Coursework)
I have taught English as a Second Language, language arts, reading and writing to students of all ages and at all levels of the academic spectrum: Elementary through College. I have taught both in the United States and in South America. My background is diverse and eclectic. I enjoy teaching and, I believe that learning should be fun and exciting for the students who are learning. I use a variety of activities and methods to stimulate the interest and motivation of the students with whom I work. I am also learning while I am teaching!
I also have my AZ Certification and Fingerprint Clearance Card to demonstrate that I have no criminal background. I have taught English as a Second Language, language arts, reading and … Read more
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I have my MEd and have worked professionally with students PreK-12 (as well as adults and university students). As a former program administrator, I was responsible for hiring and training teachers (all elementary subject areas) to work in English only classrooms as well as bilingual classrooms. These were culturally diverse settings at all grade levels, often integrating classroom activities to reenforce academic skills.
For students who are this young, I would recommend reading, reading and more reading in English [aloud and silent] using picture books. Thereafter, with students I would have a discussion regarding what has been read. Then, I would ask questions to assess the level of comprehension prior to moving ahead. Additional reading may be in the area of the academics which they are learning in school so that the tutoring process is well coordinated.
I have found it has been helpful for second language learners to have a solid base of their native language to be able to better learn a second language, in this instance, English.
Integrating other activities to aid in the development of language is the use of story telling, art, drawing, etc. Students tell stories and draw/paint to express their experiences and to better relate/correlate them with their present learning environment and experiences.
Study skills are important for students at all grade levels. Depending on the type of learner that one is (oral, visual, etc.) the skills needed to retain information varies. Reading, using highlighters (when possible), taking notes, utilization of graphic organizers and using outlines are some of the skills that I have taught students to use help them be more successful with studying. Some students benefit from quiet settings, while others find settings with soft music in the background helpful to relax while attending to their studies.