Florida Atlantic University (Education)
Full Sail University (Master's)
I am an experienced, multicultural and multifaceted tutor of English, ESOL, and Composition from Elementary to College level and Adult. In my view, students learn best with direct methods and practices that provide engagement through learning styles and personal connections. I recommend Pre and Post Evaluation to monitor growth and identify weaknesses and strengths. Setting realistic goals will develop metacognition, and create awareness, the first step to improvement.
I am certified by the Florida DOE in the following subjects: English 9-12; Spanish K-12; ESOL Endorsed; Elementary 1-6; Middle Grades 6-9. I also teach Screenplay writing and film production, my favorite activities. I have written several books, including a novel, which you may find on Amazon.com.
My experience with students 2nd through 5th grade has taught me to teach at their instructional level by finding out what that level is and adapting instruction to it. The content must match the interest level of the student as close as possible, but the level of difficulty must not be so high that it will cause the student to be frustrated. Long exercises must be cut into parts and meaningful instead of busy practices ensure greater engagement. Thinking processes are an essential part of instruction.
Second languages are easy to learn when we create total response to cues. For example, to engage the body and the mind students would role play situations. Singing, watching videos and movies in the target language enhance comprehension and build vocabulary. Short reading passages followed by pertinent questions instead of longer passages will not frustrate the student. Personalizing the student's vocabulary to his language goals is also beneficial. To improve pronunciation, phonemes and phonemic awareness should be practiced daily.
Taking tests is a science. Once you know how to analyse the writer's craft, the questions, find the answers and write for a specific audience, you are on your way to becoming a fearless test taker. Once you understand how writers create essays and the keywords for each type of paragraph, you will see how fast and accurate your retention and comprehension becomes. Not only will you read and understand better but you will also become a better writer. Writing is also a science. And practice is the way to achievement. First, find out where your level is and work from there. Learn ways to define words in context without the need for a dictionary. Set short and long term goals for your academic progress and meet them day by day.
If you are looking for an experienced teacher with lots of patience and tricks in her bag who will work with you and explain and show you how to learn, you will not need another tutor again. I am an experienced, multicultural and multifaceted tutor of English, ESOL, and Composition from Elementary to College level and Adult. In my view, students learn best with direct methods and practices that provide engagement through learning styles and personal connections. I recommend Pre and Post Evaluation to monitor growth and identify
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I taught 4th grade for 7 years; 5th for 3; 3-5 for 2; and 2nd for 1 year in three different counties, Palm Beach, Dade and Hendry. I was trained by the Smithsonian Institute in Museum Education and have received training throughout the years to help students achieve at their potential, even higher. For example, students with low reading rates for their grade level need to have a lot more read-aloud practice and shorter passages with comprehension questions throughout to help them visualise and keep track of the sequence of events so that they can retell what they read in their own words. later on these passages can be analysed for vocabulary in context and grammar lessons can be deducted from them. The students can then continue the story giving it a new ending and write about their favourite part and why they choose it to engage the writing skills which are also thinking skills. Students in elementary grades also have a shorter attention span, so teachers have to get to the point right away so they can engage and participate instead of boring them with exposition. I always utilise the arts in my lessons, whether it's role playing or creating illustrations and always ask questions to SPEAK about what they have read and learned. This develops their literacy skills in a holistic way. Some students are shy or are afraid of being wrong or people laughing at them. The class environment must be one in which the student feels it is safe to make mistakes. Allowing students to move about, stand at their desk, and change position in their seats can be accomplished through simple rules that create a more relaxed and engaged learning environment for young children. Diagnostic evaluations can be just a simple reading and writing exercise. Developing their strengths and remediating their weaknesses is an ongoing process in which the student must participate actively and feel ownership of their learning to the extent that their age allows.