Since I was 5 years old I wanted to be a teacher and I am only one semester away from my teaching degree and getting my license. I moved to the Columbus area in 2015 summer and I am enjoying my time here and am excited to be graduating in June 2017. I am married and have 3 children who are all teens. I helped them when they were in elementary school with their homework. When I was a teen I would help children I babysat with learning math concepts through play and I even helped my little brother when he was struggling.
Recently I completed my preclinical experience for my degree program and during this time I worked with students in the classroom with understanding math concepts, practicing reading fluency, and cooperative learning. I loved my time with the classes I helped in and I was sad when my time was done.
I like using students' interests to teach them the skills they need. If they are already interesting in one thing and it can cross into teaching skills, they will remember it better and may even get them more interested in the concepts being taught.
Math is patterns. Math is music. Math is play. So many different things can be used to teach math. Elementary math skills are second nature to me. I do not have much experience with common core math, but I have been able to figure out most of the new learning strategies that they use.
I use Legos to teach fractions. I use money to teach adding and subtracting decimals, and I use number lines when teaching the use of negative numbers. Each student has the best way they learn and once you understand the best way for that student grasp math concepts, there will be no stopping them.
It is fun to learn new words and then use them in everyday conversation. When a student finds enjoyment in reading their world will open up more than they could ever imagine before. I use the student's natural interests to get them into reading. If they don't like the subject matter that they are reading, they won't retain it. This is how I use their interests. There are many genres of books and they get increasingly challenging which will help their vocabulary and their reading. Reading out loud will help fluency and can help them socially as well.
Patience and encouragement is needed when teaching handwriting and spelling. Everyone writes different and as long as it is legible that is all that matters. Spelling is important so other can fully understand what you are writing once you are legibly writing. I was never very successful with writing in traditional cursive but I was taught italics first and after that cursive was introduced. I use italics when I do not print and I think that elementary students would find this easy to transition to if they struggle with cursive as I did. Spelling takes practice. Students that want to improve their spelling skills will put in the work. Reading, writing, and taking care in what they are doing will help them. When they struggle with the spelling of a word, they need to review the word daily and find ways to use the word. A person that does not use a word is not going to worry about the spelling of it.
I love learning and teaching. They go hand in hand. I believe those that want to do better, will do better. Some students need more individualized lessons. Some just need more attention. Some students need to be heard and others just need it explained one more time. I love to inspire others to be their best self. Since I was 5 years old I wanted to be a teacher and I am only one semester away from my teaching degree and getting my license. I moved to the Columbus area in 2015 summer and I am enjoying my time here and am excited to be graduating in June 2017. I am married and have 3 children who are all teens. I helped them when they were in elementary