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University of Michigan (BS in education)
Western Michigan University (Graduate Coursework)
Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Graduate Coursework)
I have successfully taught students in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and college. When teaching students with learning problems, I learned to be tolerant, flexible, and patient. I have a goal and Lesson plans for each tutoring session. However, my flexibility allows me to veer from, or skip sections of the plans if a student acts tired, bored, or frustrated. Many students have short attention spans. For that reason, my sessions are broken into short periods with lots of variety. Some students learn best by visualizing a concept. Others learn by listening. Many learn by doing: building a rectangle, rearranging phrases and words to make a sentence, using counters to prove an answer.
I believe that I can teach anything, and I believe that I can teach anyone who wants to learn. I've actually taught many who didn't know that they wanted to learn. I enjoy using my creativity in teaching. I believe in rewards and reinforcement,(i.e I only mark the correct answers on a test!). All people have things that are rewarding to them. For some, a smile and a compliment do the job. Others may want stickers, stars, even something to eat. I discover the things that are rewarding to each student, because not all will continue to work and learn for the sake of learning!
I love teaching, and I love learning. Someone once said that the best teachers are continuously learning. I strongly believe in life-long learning. When a tutor and student are working at learning together, there's a bond that eventually forms a friendship. I count many former-students as my friends. I have successfully taught students in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and college. When teaching students with learning problems, I learned to be tolerant, flexible, and patient. I have a goal and Lesson plans for each tutoring session. However, my flexibility allows me to veer from, or skip sections of the plans if
Connie is very easy to reach and get along with. She is extremely friendly and enthusiastic. She works efficiently and targets your specific weaknesses.
Connie's commitment to her students continues to amaze me. There is genuineness in her concern and care that goes beyond what is expected. Not only has she been flexible with scheduled days of tutoring, but has been actively involved with the school in the testing procedures of our son.
She has reignited the joy of learning math in our son. He actually wants to study math. We have not seen this in years. We can not thank her enough and look forward to the possibility of working with her in the future.
Connie immediately figured out what I needed to know and walked me through it a couple of times. Took notes and wrote them up when I got home. Then used the notes the next day to confirm I knew what I needed to do.
Worked like a charm! Was able to do something that had eluded me for years.
Couldn't be a better tutor.
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I have two daughters with ADD, and I have taught special education for nearly fifteen years. Most of my students who were diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and falling behind in academics were able to catch up to grade level in a very short time. Often, these students have missed some basics when unable to focus. While medication helps immensely, I don't require it for tutoring since I always work in a quiet, distraction-free environment. It also helps to have the student and parents understand ADD/ADHD. George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Albert Einstein are now thought to have attending problems.
I received the Math Award the year I graduated from high school. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I've taught and tutored a variety of subjects including math for the ACT, GRE, and the GMAT. Algebra and geometry are two of my favorite subjects. Once learned, they become "intuitive" and really fun!
I worked with students who were dyslexic and, because of that, moved into special education. I found that most students had never heard the term "dyslexia," and they had no idea what it meant. Many adults are unknowingly dyslexic.
With a simple explanation about the pros (Dyslexic students tend to be VERY creative, innovative, and intelligent) and cons of dyslexia, most students are extremely relieved. Finally someone knows that there is a reason the student is struggling and it had no affect on his/her intelligence or ability.
There are some very simple tips that can help with dyslexia. The word "bed" can help a student differentiate a "b" from a "d." Putting a line down the left side of the page -- or using a ruler -- to show which side of the page is the beginning of a line can be very helpful.
When students understand that it's the wiring of the brain instead of the heart, there can be a huge step forward for dyslexics.
Most dyslexics benefit greatly from being very organized...and many have their own way to organize their rooms, desks, and minds.
With standardized tests, a single lesson on test strategies related to organization, can relieve a student of the burden of tense struggle.
Most of the dyslexic students in my elementary special education classes were able to learn very quickly and test out of special education.
My daughters are both dyslexic. One of them is an attorney and a professor at MSU. The other has her master's degree in Computer Systems Engineering.
Many of our countries leaders have been shown to be dyslexic. They thought "outside the box" and were ultimately rewarded for their innovative ideas!
I am passionate about helping those who are dyslexic to move ahead and beyond the stigma of dyslexia!
I have permanent certification in the State of Michigan to teach students in grades K-8, as well as special education students in grades K-12. My background includes teaching in private and public schools in grades pre-school through high school.
Having received the math and science award when I graduated from high school, I've always found these subjects to be fun; however, it is my belief that a student can learn any subject with a strong foundation in reading and math.
I believe in challenging students, making learning fun, and using positive reinforcement. If students/parents are willing, it helps to have work to do at home between tutoring sessions.
I have worked with ESL adults and really enjoyed helping them learn the language. I know that English is one of the most difficult languages. We have so many unique phrases and some challenging spelling. I think it has helped that I've taught special education with young students who were just learning the language, spelling, and reading. I know what things are the most difficult; and there are a lot of little "tricks" at my disposal.
Tutoring should be a FUN hour. There are too many difficult hours without adding another. I work hard to make my sessions enjoyable while maximizing a student's learning by teaching to the student's own learning style.
Back in the early days of the personal computer, I was employed as a writer/editor of software scripts. I worked my way up, teaching myself, to become the director of product development at a software company. I hired computer programmers, writers, and illustrators while conceptualizing the finished product myself.
My computer became my better-brain, my left-brain, and sometimes even my best friend. :)
If you can conceive of a problem, the computer can be used to solve it for you.
I am NOT a programmer; but I am able to use a computer to do whatever needs to be done -- which is what I think you need to be able to do!
Whether you are just starting out using the computer, have experience with emails and social networks, need to use a word-processing program, spreadsheets, or other software applications, I can help.
I think you'll learn to be comfortable and confident in approaching tasks on your computer. It will make you feel powerful!!
I think that phonics is the best way to learn to read or to improve your reading. For five years, I owned a nursery school during a time when the schools were NOT teaching phonics. I didn't want my students to learn to read with the "whole word" (memorization) method so I decided to teach them all to read before kindergarten using home-made phonics games. Every single preschooler learned to read! (With an enrollment of 56 a year for five years, that was quite a few kids!)
Now, after years of teaching in the public schools, I know many ways to teach reading; but I continue to begin with -- and come back to -- the use of phonics.
Using my approach, I've taught students aged two to twenty-two to read well. I guarantee that you will learn to read and/or improve your reading. What's more, you'll enjoy reading and feel more confident in any class/subject. Reading affects everything!
Since taking an early retirement from a career in teaching, I have been a professional photographer for the past ten years. Having originally intended to pursue a career in art, I took numerous art classes before deciding that photography gave me the immediate gratification lacking in other artistic areas. I've participated in art classes, workshops, and seminars -- learning from the legendary Monte Zucker, the highly-acclaimed Helen Yancy, and others -- in New York, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Florida, and Ohio.
My prized Nikon film camera was stolen about 12 years ago -- plunging me into the world of digital. My favorite cameras are Canons, and I have many lenses, props, various lights, etc. in my studio. My favorite light is natural outdoor or window light. I know classic poses as well as new, cutting-edge ones. Should you have a different kind of camera, don't despair. The fundamentals work with any SLR camera!
Photoshop and Lightroom are two of the many pieces of software I use when working on photographs.
I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and the Society for Sport and Event Photographs.
I LOVE to teach. If you want to learn the basics or do advance wedding, portrait, or nature photography, you WILL learn even more than you dreamed! Contact me and we can talk about your needs.
In college I gained permanent certification in teaching Kindergarten through grade 12 special education students as well as K-8 regular education students. Since becoming a tutor, I've taught students from age 5 through college Masters level (graduate) students. I attempt to make learning enjoyable for everyone. Having fun makes learning much easier. While I have been approved to teach algebra, geometry, reading, ACT preparation, and other subjects, my first passion was to teach reading.
I became interested in teaching reading when I had a nursery school many years ago. The public schools had adopted a reading program based on memorizing words without a phonics element. With concern for my children (I had an enrollment of 56 students), I studied reading and -- using my own "program" -- taught my students to read before kindergarten.
Later I used what I'd learned to teach reading to elementary special education students. In many cases, students who had qualified for special education were able to test out of the program when they were reading ABOVE grade level.
I think reading is one of the most important skills for anyone. When I have a problem or question, I use my computer to search for an answer. Without good reading skills, learning new skills would be impossible -- as it is for many people.
I believe I can teach anyone from age two to age 102 to learn to read well. If you -- or someone you know -- is struggling with reading, please contact me. I'd really like to help!
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Special Education and taught students with special needs in the public schools (grades I-12) for many years. I LOVE teaching, and I think that my love for learning is contagious. Having worked with multi-impaired students, I am confident that I can teach anyone.
When I taught special needs students in grades K-3, a high percentage of my students scored above grade level in reading and math -- those subjects I emphasized. If you can read well, you can teach yourself anything! If you have a basic understanding of math and learn to enjoy using it, your scores will soar and you'll be able to apply your learning every day of your life!
I believe in making learning FUN. When someone is enjoying themselves, walls come down and learning can easily happen!
NOTE: I am confident in teaching students with cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral impairments. I know very little sign language and do not read lips; so it's best if I work with students who hear. Having said that, I've taught students math who knew no English!
In addition to teaching in the public schools, I worked in software development for 8 years. During that time, I did extensive research and writing regarding study skills in order to prepare a course that was produced on software.
Since then, in working with special education students in grades K-12 and helping to prepare students for standardized tests, I have come upon many ways to individualize study skills based on student strengths and weaknesses.
I would initially determine if a student is a visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or multi-sensory learner. Are noises distracting? Does the student need frequent breaks? For some learners "white noise" is very helpful.
Learning study skills is essential for anyone wanting to do well in high school and continue on to college. This tutoring job should be short-term with frequent feedback from the student, parents, and teachers to ascertain progress.
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