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multiple subjects teaching credential CSUB (Graduate Coursework)
I am a retired elementary teacher with experience working with learning disabilities and English language learners. I am good at all basic skills.
For reading and writing I use a simple approach that can be taught to caregivers and takes no special supplies. I use the child's interests to produce practice reading materials, and use the child's own vocabulary in order to focus on the process of reading. New vocabulary is taught as a separate skill. I can teach a bright younger child to read and write at an early age, and I can help a struggling reader reach their potential when other methods have failed.
I am an excellent writer myself and am also able to work with adults who need to improve their own writing skills. I will identify your areas of need and give you personalized instruction based upon your writing samples. I will re-mediate grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors with individualized target skills. If necessary I can help to improve your reading skills so that you become a better writer.
I am especially fond of math and science and use problem solving, strategies and understanding concepts to foster learning reinforced by goal setting and practice of basic facts and computations. I am a retired elementary teacher with experience working with learning disabilities and English language learners. I am good at all basic skills.
$50 is the base rate. For multiple students I charge $10 per student more.
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During the course of teaching elementary school for 20 years, I have taught many students with ADD and ADHD, several students with diabetes, several with dyslexia, one with dysgraphia, one student with Turret's syndrome, and my own son, who is now in his 30's, has Aspergers. In addition, my husband has adult ADHD and I have read the book "Healing ADD" by Dr. Amen, which sites brain research, includes tests for determining the type of ADD a person has, and diet and drug suggestions which we followed to improve his functionality. I highly recommend this book.
There are six basic types of ADD and a person can have multiple combinations of those types. Basically, however, a person either has difficulty focusing on tasks, hyper focuses on some things, or has sensitivity to outside stimulus.
My job is to help a person learn to cope with their unique learning style, and learn to compensate for their deficits and capitalize on their strengths. I can help them develop a system that helps compensate, such as making a list of all the parts of a task and checking them off when completed so that if they become distracted by something, they can get back on task quickly by looking at the list. Another strategy for those who have the hyperactive component is to provide alternative ways to deal with their impulsive nature. Finding ways to shorten unpleasant tasks with ingenuity is a challenge for them. Teaching them to look ahead and make a plan for situations beforehand. For instance, at times when they must sit still and are having difficulty, they might use a squeeze ball to focus their movements to a non-distracting activity. For those who "space out", a timer for tasks sometimes works, using very short time periods and many smaller tasks. Working with a peer who can help them keep on track is sometimes useful, if you can find a good match. Also designing a rest moment with a deep breath or two between tasks allows the child a rest from the stress of trying to focus when a task is long and difficult. Rewards are also sometimes effective with children with ADD/ADHD.
During the course of teaching elementary school for 20 years, I have taught many students with ADD and ADHD, several students with diabetes, several with dyslexia, one with dysgraphia, one student with Turret's syndrome, and my own son, who is now in his 30's, has Aspergers.
I have a multiple subject clear credential in K-8 classroom instruction. I also have a BA in child development and years of experience working with pre-school, kindergarten, and 1st grade students. I have worked with older children also, and I have a systematic plan for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Reading and math are my best subjects with older elementary children.
I have a Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) credential.
I taught phonics in a 1st grade classroom for 5 years. A beginning reader must learn the sound of a each letter or letter combinations and the names of the letters. They must be able to identify each of those randomly in both lower case and upper case. And they must also be able to identify letters that are written differently in typed fonts. They must also learn special rules for how the letters relate to each other ie: if g or c is followed by an e or i it makes the soft sound.
I'm a retired teacher and child development specialist who has years of experience with young learners and learning problems including ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, tourettes, autism etc. I use a method of reading acquisition that is natural and supports other methods the child has learned or is learning.