Brooklyn College (Master's)
College of Staten Island (Other)
I am a retired New York City teacher. I now live in Florida. I have taught kindergarten through 5th grade. One of my positions was Writing Coordinator. In that position I developed a school-wide writing program. I specialized in preparing students for the state-wide language arts exam, which focused heavily on writing. Through my program my school's test scores made a significant rise. I was able to make writing fun for the majority of the students that I worked with. I worked with and trained other teachers in writing techniques.
I was also an early-childhood language arts specialist, where I focused on working with teachers and students on developing reading and comprehension skills. I used a variety of charts and story books to help struggling readers achieve success.
As a classroom teacher I tried to use manipulatives as much as possible. I believe that children learn best when the material is presented in an interesting and fun way. I have worked extensively with students who fell below grade level as well as with students who are reluctant learners.
In my math lessons I also used manipulatives. Not being a "good" math student myself growing up, I tried to make math lessons more understandable for those students who struggled with the concepts. I used other students as tutors and did a lot of group work.
I am qualified to tutor in all areas for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. I have tutored in the past and when working in N.Y. often worked one-on-one with students and with small groups.
My degrees are listed below:
A.A. Early Childhood Education
B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Early Childhood Education
Advanced Degree in Supervision and Administration
I am permanently certified in N.Y. I am a retired New York City teacher. I now live in Florida. I have taught kindergarten through 5th grade. One of my positions was Writing Coordinator. In that
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I have over 25 years' experience teaching elementary school. I have my B.A. in Elementary Education and my M.A. in Early Childhood Education.
Phonics is a large part of learning to read. I made cookbooks with kindergarten children focusing on the letters and sounds of the alphabet. I worked with primary students in learning letter sounds in different ways, trying to make the lessons interesting, fun and relevant to the students.
I am able to tutor prospective teachers in all areas of classroom disciplines and teaching techniques. I have been a teacher trainer and have worked with new and struggling teachers throughout my career.
When teaching reading skills I use worksheets, games and activities. I would work with phonic skills, vocabulary skills and reading comprehension. I have not only worked extensively with children in the area of reading but have also trained teachers on how to get better results when teaching reading to their students.
There are many forms of writing that students are expected to be able to do. Expository writing has a student explain something. This may include directions on how to do a specific task.
Writing to persuade requires the writer to explain his or point of view on a topic.
Writing to inform is when the writer is giving information to the reader and descriptive writing is just as it sounds. These forms of writing and others are what I would work on when tutoring a student in this subject.
Additionally, I would focus on the rules of grammar and spelling.
Although all my experience has been with younger children my skills qualify me to work with students of any age. I am patient and always encourage students to do their best.