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Associate of Arts Degree
Hello! My name is Alesha and my passion is teaching. I have loved to read and write my whole life and discovered my passion for teaching these subjects early on in high school. I am passionate about the Language Arts and believe that they are a huge key to success in school and the workforce. My goal is to equip students with the necessary language skills to flourish in academia as well as in everyday life. Since our lives are often intricately interwoven, I believe that a child's education should be the same way. Language Arts, in particular, lend themselves to this sort of learning, and I enjoy, when possible, drawing connections between all subject areas. I strongly believe that students will be most successful when they understand the real life application of the work they are doing and can see why the skills they are learning are so necessary. As a result of this belief, I work hard to help students make these connections and to make their learning their own. As a teacher, I believe that I am never done learning and growing myself to adjust to the ever-changing demands of the education world and to the needs of each and every student I work with. My goal in any tutoring position is to build mutual trust and respect, but most of all to see visible growth through every encounter.
I have been tutoring with Wyzant for the past 3 years. My students ages have ranged from Kindergarten to 9th grade, in virtually every subject, with the emphasis on math and language arts tutoring. Before working with Wyzant, I have also held a middle school tutoring position and have completed dozens of hours assisting in a public school setting while working towards and Elementary Education Degree and Reading Certification. I hope to continue my education part-time to obtain a Bachelors in English with a high school teaching endorsement. In the mean time, I'm doing what I love - helping students learn and grow in their classroom settings. Hello! My name is Alesha and my passion is teaching. I have loved to read and write my whole life and discovered my passion for teaching these subjects early on in high school. I am passionate about the Language Arts and believe that they are a huge key to success in school and the
My son had a 500 word essay to write in his least favorite subject. He (and I) was dreading it. Alesha got it done!
My son has been working with Alesha for more than 6 months. When we started working with Alesha, Taylor was below grade level on his reading and math work. Today, Taylor is well on his way, and has surpassed his grade level in both reading and math. Alesha makes it really easy on me as a parent, with great updates following each lesson, and even going to Taylor's school to work with him during after school care. Thank you Alesha, your hard work means a lot to Taylor and I.
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I have completed all but 2 classes (Reader/Writer Workshop and Intensive Phonics and Spelling) in working towards my Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in reading instruction (K-12). I recieved straight A's throughout my course work and thoroughly enjoyed it. Throughout my education, I spent approximately 200 hours in public and private school classrooms assisting teachers, tutoring one-on-one, and teaching lessons of my own. Last year, I tutored a 5th grade student, garnering a highly positive response.
I believe that throughout the grades, math should be introduced in a concrete, hands-on fashion to help students grasp the complex concepts and the purpose behind them. I have taken a college mathematics methods course for elementary education, which not only strengthened my math skills, but gave me valuable insights into teaching math concepts in a grade appropriate way. It is very important to help students not just follow a formula, but to help them grasp the underlying concepts and logic of the process. In addition, I spent several hours in an elementary classroom helping the students through their math lessons, including teaching a lesson of my own. More recently, I have spent some time tutoring in middle school math, with great results.
I have loved to read and write my whole life and discovered my passion for teaching these subjects early on in high school. I am passionate about the Language Arts and believe that they are a huge key to success in school and the workforce. My goal is to equip students with the necessary language skills to flourish in academia as well as in everyday life. Since our lives are often intricately interwoven, I believe that a child's education should be the same way. Language Arts, in particular, lends itself to this sort of learning. I enjoy, when possible, drawing connections between all subject areas. I strongly believe that students will be most successful when they understand the real life application of the work they are doing and can see why the skills they are learning are so necessary. As a result of this belief, I work hard to help students make these connections and to make their learning their own.
I have held several tutoring positions with high school students. The focuses of these positions have ranged from literature, to research writing, to grammar. I have also held a middle school tutoring position and have completed dozens of hours assisting in a public school setting while working towards and Elementary Education degree and Reading certification. I hope to continue my education part-time to obtain a Bachelors in English with a high school teaching endorsement.
Phonics is how letters that are put together into words relate to speech sounds in systematic ways. In addition, phonics is how this knowledge of letter-sound relationships can be used to identify words that are written.
In other words, phonics instruction is the process of teaching students to identify the speech sounds associated with individual letters and specific groups of letters to assist them in the pronunciation and spelling of words. Phonics instruction, with a solid base of high quality literature, is a staple of reading education in kindergarten through second grade.
I have taken a college phonics methods course for elementary education that included taking phonics tests, writing phonics lesson plans, and studying the national phonics research. I also spent several hours in a special education instruction group, observing the teacher working on phonics with the students. I feel that I have a solid base in phonic understanding and instructional methods.
I have taken 6 years of classical piano lessons and music theory between 5th and 11th grade. While still in high school, I took a brief coarse on teaching beginner piano lessons and continued on to teach a few students. Later on, in college I took 2 quarters of music theory. Since then, I have taught myself to play with a band using chord charts instead of sheet music. I love to play piano as a way to express myself and bring beauty around myself.
There are several key areas to monitor to get a well-rounded view of a student's reading progress: Fluency (the student's ability to read text smoothly and without interruption), comprehension (the student's ability to understand and make sense of the whole), recall (the student's ability to remember specific details of what they have read), accuracy (the student's ability to read a word correctly the first time), and self-correcting (the student's ability to notice when they have made a mistake and to go back and correct this mistake). I have taken several college level reading methods courses for elementary education and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I am one class away from completing my minor in K-12 reading instruction. From the time I learned, reading has been a strong point for me. I thoroughly enjoy the process of reading for pleasure and information; passing on this love to my students is one of my greatest passions. I have spent dozens of hours in public school classrooms or one-on-one tutoring session working with students on reading and language arts.
Getting a good grade on reading section of the SAT is primarily determined by your reading speed, attention to detail, and vocabulary knowledge. Overall reading comprehension will also play a big part in your success on the reading section of the SAT. Vocabulary practice, working on reading comprehension and reading speed are all skills that are essential to practice and perfect before taking your SAT.
Study skills are a set of skills that are unique to each individual. In my college work I have taken classes that touch on this subject, including interpersonal communications and classroom management courses. I believe that each person has a unique way they learn. When a student can learn to pinpoint his or her specific learning strengths, then he or she can be far more success in time management and how he or she studies. Empowering a student with this insight will help him or her not only study smarter, but faster. This is natural motivation for a student to try harder.
Additionally, I believe that time management and organization or essential study skills. I grew up in a large family where everything was organized, planned, and scheduled. Often times, failing grades are acquired simply because a student looses track of assignments and due dates. An important part of my role as a tutor would be to help each student find an organization system that will work for them and then hold them accountable to following that.
I was trained to teach swim lessons at a private fitness club in the summer of 2006, where I continued to teach group and private lessons until the fall of 2012 (six years). I was a instructor trainer and the head lesson instructor when I quit to move across the country with my husband. I also helped develop and refine the swim lesson curriculum for the fitness club that I worked for.
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