Westfield State University (Special Education)
As a recent graduate of Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts, I have been searching for what subject, or what grade level I love teaching. The thing is, I haven't found one I do NOT like yet! I have worked in classrooms with students of all age levels and cognitive levels.
I have worked in general education classrooms as well as special education classrooms. I have also worked as a tutor at Westfield State University, assisting fellow students with core and major education classes while I completed my student teaching.
I developed a love for learning primarily from my AP Literature teacher in high school. She taught me to love learning by thinking critically and not being afraid to share my thoughts with an audience. She taught me how to question ideas with a critical mind so that I could make meaning out of any piece of literature, then articulate my ideas without fear of being wrong. She taught that a wrong idea could always lead to the right idea if discussed. This is why I have discovered a love for tutoring. When working one on one with students or in a small group with students, you have the ability to reach everyone. A teacher teaching a small group or an individual can tell if his or her students understand an idea, thus shaping future instruction to the students' needs. I tutor so that I can without a doubt help people learn. As I have tutored students at an elementary level, high school level, and college level, I have seen their learning flourish. Therefore, I can know that I have been successful by helping them become successful.
I took multiple classes in my Undergraduate career that were based upon teaching elementary math. We met as a class once a week, and explored the concept we were to teach that week, then went into a local classroom and worked with the whole class, then broke up into small groups to explore a math concept. This math is all about exploration and understanding the big concepts that let mathematicians execute everyday calculations.
*I held a long-term substitute position teaching 3rd grade math in a special education resource room from late March 2016 - late May 2016
Although my major is listed as Special Education, I also completed a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies and a Reading concentration. I took six classes specifically geared towards teaching reading during my Undergraduate career. Almost all of these classes included some sort of apprenticeship, in which we, as a class, would go into different local schools and work with classes. Some of these classes were also paired with observation hours, in which I had access to a whole classroom of students to work with. As stated in my Bio, I developed my love for learning (and for Language Arts) from my AP Literature teacher. I continued to develop an appreciation for Language Arts in college.
*I held two long term substitute positions teaching Language arts:
- 3rd grade Reading and Writing late March 2016 - late May 2016
- 6th grade Language Arts September 2015 - late November 2015
I was taught early in my Undergraduate career that Phonics is the foundation from which reading and writing emerge. Many of the classes I took for my reading concentration taught us how to teach phonics in some way. One class in particular was entirely devoted to teaching phonics. I have learned a lot from the long-term substitute position I held teaching 3rd grade Special Education in Hawaii, about good methods for teaching phonics.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my background or qualifications, or if you would like to schedule lessons. As a recent graduate of Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts, I have been searching for what subject, or what grade level I love teaching. The thing is, I haven't found one I do NOT like yet! I have worked in classrooms with students of all age levels and cognitive levels.
I have worked in general education classrooms
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My major is Special Education, I also completed a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies and a Reading concentration. I have worked with students who have ADHD and ADD. I have also worked with multiple students who are not only distracted easily, but who have ADD inattentive, and will lose all attention to the teacher. I have learned how to get to know students well enough to know how to help them focus, especially when working in small groups or one to one. I am willing to work with students who might need sensory breaks or who may need many reminders to stay on task. However, I prefer to put effort into finding a way to help these students manage when someone cannot always remind them. I find the many types of accommodations and interventions available to these students interesting, and useful to us as teachers.
Aside from my Bachelor's in Special Education, I have other experience working with students who have dyslexia. During the fall of 2015, I taught a group of 9 students Language arts in a Language based special education classroom. The majority of these students have dyslexia. I was patient enough with them to know that any visual information I gave them needed to be broken down and written in a way that was manageable for them to break up when it came time to learn it.
I have worked with students who are pre-school aged as well as students in high school who struggle with their handwriting. Aside from my student teaching, which was in a first grade classroom, I have not worked in a classroom that has specifically set aside time to work on handwriting. However, I have always made sure to work with my students during the last stages of the writing process to make sure that their writing is legible. I would be glad to get to work with a client solely on handwriting.
I am qualified to tutor in the subject of phonics because I have learned a variety of different ways to do so. I have experience working with specific programs such as Orton-Gillingham. I have experience designing phonics lessons based specifically on the needs of my students. I have taught in a sixth grade language based classroom, and in a 3rd grade resource room. I also have experience observing this subject being taught, as well as working with students specifically on breaking down words and isolating sounds.