Metro State University of Denver (Chicano Studies)
Learning should be a joy, not always easy, but enjoyable. To see students press through and reach their goals is not only super rewarding for the students, but it's worth more than gold to me!
After a career in retail business management and five years off to be a full-time mom, I took a para-educator job in the classroom to match my schedule to our daughter's. Twelve successful years later, I was offered a grant to return to college and get my teaching certificate which I gladly accepted. Taking two night classes per semester, I was thrilled to graduate with a major in Chicano Studies and my certification.
My time since has been booked to capacity with guest teaching jobs, including frequent call backs and excellent time flexibility. During my tenure as teacher du jour, I have found that the greatest impediment to the students' success is their lack of engagement with the material. Research shows a project based learning format improve students' drive, interest and engagement. Additionally, the skills gained doing projects translate into desirable work performance later in life. Many articles report businesses see a deep gap in proficiency with soft skills of the current job candidates. ("Soft skills include the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and the willingness to learn through experience, and are applicable across multiple disciplines and careers. It is important for students to develop soft skills as they prepare for college and as they graduate and enter the workforce." Hone the Top 5 Soft Skills Every College Student Needs, usnews.com, May 12, 2014). Learning should be a joy, not always easy, but enjoyable. To see students press through and reach their goals is not only super rewarding for the students, but it's worth more than gold to me!
After a career in retail business management and five years off to be a full-time mom, I took a para-educator job in the classroom to match my schedule
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I hold a current teaching certification from the Colorado Department of Education in Elementary Education (K - 6) and passed the PLACE test in August 2012.
The frontal lobe is not typically fully developed until age 25, therefore the executive function -- the organizing aspect of their brain -- needs help to be activated. Often, students have their own way that works best for them in relation to studying, but they may not have discovered their most effective methodology. Not everyone learns best through the use of flash cards. Through modeling, query, and good old fashioned trial and error, the students will come to see there is a right way for them and will be comfortable using it. I will assist them discovering and using those strategies.