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I have just retired from teaching Gifted Elementary students full time for the past 25 years. I specialized in upper elementary accelerated and advanced mathematics, but taught all subjects. I love to work with students who are willing to work to advance.
I have excelled in my field and have presented at local and State Association of Gifted Student conferences on ways to improve student achievement. I would be happy to help you!
I participated in the transition development team (1st - 5th) to develop the district plan to change over to common core curriculum from the state standard system and understand the flow of common core from first grade progressing through fifth.
I have experience dealing with all levels of students, specifically designing differentiated curriculum to address all students needs while covering the same content. My 26 years of teaching experience includes special needs, mainstream, and gifted acceleration and enrichment. My specialty was gifted education, with a concentration in science.
My experience teaching gifted acceleration and enrichment mathematics to multi-grade level classes, as well as fourth and fifth graders included a great deal of differentiation in instructional methods. Just because students are accelerated, doesn't mean they learn the same thing the same way.
Contact me if you would like to know more or schedule lessons. I miss teaching full-time and would be happy to help. I have just retired from teaching Gifted Elementary students full time for the past 25 years. I specialized in upper elementary accelerated and advanced mathematics, but taught all subjects. I love to work with students who are willing to work to advance.
I have excelled
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As an experienced (25 year) elementary education Gifted Intervention Specialist I lead the transition team to bridge the state standard curriculum to the Common Core curriculum. Consequently, I thoroughly understand the flow of the Common Core from 1-5th grades. This understanding of content and expectations is critical to bring students up to and accelerating them beyond grade level.
Along with Gifted education, science was my major concentration in college and has continued to be a passion of mine since. Science explains everything and has many universal concepts that help transfer learning across other content areas.
A huge part of working with gifted and other students over the years has been to understand what is holding them back from their potential success. Believe it or not, gifted students have some of the worst study skills as most things come easily to them. We spent a great deal of time working on strategies and skills to use when they came up against something they did not understand: multiple intelligences, logic and reasoning, organizational strategies, and in general thinking outside of the box. Personally I believe multiple intelligences are the key to reaching almost any student. If you find out how their brain processes information, you can help develop methods to help them process and store information.
Vocabulary is a key component to comprehension. If you don't understand the meaning of the words, how can you understand what it is saying to you. Comprehension can be addressed through context, roots of words, and using what you know to decipher the rest. Visuals are also a great way to cement vocabulary into the long term memory.