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Northwest Nazarene
English Education
College of Idaho
Enrolled

Education

Northwest Nazarene (English Education)

College of Idaho (Enrolled)

About Barbara

Dear Students In Search of Success:

I believe in your power to learn.

I've been involved with education, in a variety of venues my whole life: I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a focus on education. I taught for five years and left because I was discouraged by how little seemed to be happening in the classroom, even my own. I thought the existing educational structures didn't work for a lot of kids, didn't work for me.

In the meantime, I worked at a hospital for 17 years in the education department, taught CPR classes. And there it was—all that you could not achieve in the classroom, could be achieved in one-on-one settings. I'm most proud of getting a security guard, with physical and mental handicaps, to pass that stringent physical and intellectual test—in flying colors. It was the same scenario with kids at writing camps. Smaller classes, bigger success. Then I wrote curriculum for 18 years for character development curriculum, and we test drove the lessons. Again, smaller is better. And one on one, is best of all. It all helps with intellectual development, physical prowess, character development, and behavior improvement. Now I'm working with small groups of children in my church.

I am an auntie who knows that young people can learn enthusiastically when the teacher loves both the students and the content. The young ones behave better, learn more when they feel safe and there's a trusted adult who helps them.

I'm an ex-teacher, an active writer with one national book under her belt, others in progress, and several local books, a writer who wrote for a curriculum development firm for 18 years. I've reached retirement age, so I've left my jobs, but not my writing. I miss the kids, although I teach Sunday School and work with the Vacation Bible School program at a large downtown church. It turns out I'm a stickler for content, for great behaviors, and for success for students in all kinds of ways, from being kind to learning the difference between a noun and a verb, or fiction and non-fiction, or grand ideals and bad ideas.

Of course, teaching children to write well is absolutely key in achieving success in almost every area of life. Learning how to speak effectively, to write persuasively, to polish and publish.

Our children thrive in positive environments, with lots of positive feedback based on their actions and accomplishments. Lots of bad behaviors go away when kids are nourished with fondness and direction, with learning and encouragement. Learning becomes a way for them to manage their own lives and to set goals to achieve big things, things that are important to them. Kids matter; what they learn matters.

Looking forward to meeting and working with you.

Dear Students In Search of Success:

I believe in your power to learn.

I've been involved with education, in a variety of venues my whole life: I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a focus on education. I taught for five years and left because I was discouraged by how little seemed to be happening in the classroom, even
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Boise, ID 83712
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I love the little kids. Although, I have a degree in English from Northwest Nazarene College, now University, and a secondary teaching certificate, most of my post-educational experience has been with the younger ones through Vacation Bible School and Writing Camps for the Log Cabin Literary Center.
My tutoring methods include a short didactic, and then exercises that allow the students to engage with and practice the material, and a short review and check for retention.
I have written curriculum for K-12 for the last 18 years. These lessons were focused on setting learning goals in the psycho-social areas, including lots of writing assignments, discussion topics, physical and intellectual activities. The company I worked for felt like these activities supported academic goals and growth.

Handwriting

I have an English undergraduate degree and a secondary teaching certificate. In my undergraduate teaching certificate we covered such topics as handwriting and communication.

Phonics

Phonics helped me read far beyond my grade level. I loved the sounds of words, their mysterious underpinnings. I'm a published writer, and words still mesmerize.
My course work in English included linguistics, the science of language. In our courses, we learned about semantics—using strings of alphabetic sounds and unpacking their meanings and contexts.
I have an undergraduate degree in English with a secondary teaching certificate.
With the students, I'd do a short didactic, then develop activities and lessons in order to get the students to engage in phonics, and then do wrap up to check for understanding and retention.
I'm in my mid-60s, one of the phonetics generation. I learned to read based on phonics and to listen for their sense. These deep sciences of language opened up a whole new, important world for me. There's a wild magic in words, if you know how to use it.

Study Skills

I have an undergraduate degree in English and a secondary teaching certificate. I worked with older kids while I was in education. I left education to become a published writer, even publishing a national non-fiction book of essays. Since, I've worked with younger children in Vacation Bible School and Writing Camps.
Study skills were part of my education training. There were several models: the exploration, practice, performance & mastery model, for one, another model was reading, engagement, retention, memorization.
Always it was about breaking down the skill sets and the learning sets into smaller, manageable parts, in order to master the material or the skill.
Here's what I already know: that effective study skills and writing skills will raise your grade point average a whole point. It's worth getting it right.
Even into my 60s, I am an active learner. I know how to read for meaning, how to reread until it begins to make sense, how to look for the interior logic in a piece, and to break down learning challenges into small, more manageable pieces.

Vocabulary

I love words. Teaching children about the context the words are in, how the words impact each other, and how to put stings of them together to create sentences, a paragraph, a mood, a story is the purest pleasure. It a powerful tool you are giving children, when their lives are enriched and enlivened with interesting words.

Northwest Nazarene
English Education
College of Idaho
Enrolled

Education

Northwest Nazarene (English Education)

College of Idaho (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 20 miles of Boise, ID 83712.