Carla R.

Silver Spring, MD

$45/hr

Reading/Language Arts/Learning Disabled Students

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Pennsylvania State University
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Pennsylvania State University

Beaver College (MEd)

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About Carla

I have taught special education students in the District of Columbia Public School for 20 years. Most of my teaching experience was teaching in the elementary school special education resource classroom.

I am very familiar with the Lindamood Bell LIPS program and can teach a child to decode words in a short period of time. In fact, my successes include teaching a child who was believed to never read to read within a few short months using this program. I have a great deal of success with children who hate reading. Children begin to keep a book with them constantly because now they want to read. I have increased a student's reading test scores as much as three years in one year.

The Lindamood Bell program also helps children learn written language. It is part of the teaching method. My successes have included getting children to like writing in journals and begin to write for a classroom newspaper. The paper was then distributed to the whole school.

My approach to teaching is non-traditional, but children learn for sure. I taught educable mentally retarded children how to research information on the internet. They were as interested in researching information as much as they enjoyed playing computer games to learn math.

I taught a child to multiply and divide who was convinced that she could not learn to do either one with use of a chart and encouragement.

My strong belief is that all children can learn starting from where they are educationally. When they see they can do something, children want to learn. It is necessary to find the point they are successful and begin teaching from that point. Then children enjoy the learning process, and that encourages learning in anyone. Every child can learn if given the chance to be successful.

I look forward to working with children again in an atmosphere where I can encourage the child to learn. Tutoring can be that space for wonderful academic progress for a child.

I recently had a background check done for the FBI for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
I have taught special education students in the District of Columbia Public School for 20 years. Most of my teaching experience was teaching in the elementary school special education resource classroom.

I am very familiar with the Lindamood Bell LIPS program and can teach a child to decode words in a short period of time. In fact, my
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24 hours notice required

The rate is negotiable depending on travel distance as well as the amount of time a student needs tutoring each week. Contact me for a definite rate for your particular circumstances.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20910
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading,
Study Skills
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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Dyslexia

I have taught children with learning disabilities for over 20 years and love to see children begin doing things they originally thought they would never be able to do. I have a background which includes LindaMood Bell and enjoy teaching children the relationship between the symbol and the sound when writing and reading. Reading comprehension has its own tricks but a LEA approach allows the child to write about what he enjoys, and then together, we work on correcting the spelling as well as grammar. I also teach children to write in cursive to help eliminate the reversal of letters when writing. This is my passion, and I do it well.

Elementary (K-6th)

I spent 12 of my years teaching elementary school at Murch Elementary. It was a wonderful experience. Most of my time was spent with children who had learning disabilities. I enjoyed teaching them from the point they were academically and socially and moving them forward. My children always felt safe to make mistakes because I told them they needed to make mistakes in order to become better. One could only improve when they accepted the fact they did not know.

I taught the children to read using decoding skills involving LindaMood Bell, and I used a LEA approach to writing. The children would draw pictures about the story we read showing some understanding and then write about the pictures.

I taught math using manipulatives and often integrated math with things we were reading. It was a lot of fun working with children this age, and I would not mind doing tutoring with young learning disabled children.

Phonics

Phonics is actually learning the relationship between the sound and the simple of the sound. Children who have not innately picked this up need to learn that the sound is paired with a symbol. This can be done by learning the LindaMood LiPS program which actually teaches a child to the actual shape the mouth makes when a sound is made. The children begin to make the association of the sound with the mouth movement. It is cool, and children learn to decode in a very short amount of time. Learning this association is important for people to learn to decode words.

Reading

I love to teach reading. This subject helps a child learn how to gain information at any point in time. It is not necessary to memorize facts if one knows where to find the facts. Reading makes this possible.

It is important to teach a child how to find answers in a text. This can be done by finding the meaning in a sentence. Once the child can easily find that meaning, he or she can learn about the main idea in a group of sentences known as paragraphs. It is easy to learn to understand what is being read when you teach step by step starting with individual words moving onto sentences and paragraphs. Then reading passages becomes easier. Just take one step at a time, and reading becomes more and more enjoyable.

Special Needs

I only taught children with special needs and know that special needs children need a teacher who will accept their present academic level and teach them from that level. These children need to feel as if they are accepted for their academic achievement although it may be below grade level. It is important to build confidence with the skills they have acquired and teach from that level. It is also important to teach children according to how they learn and their interests. Every child needs to feel good about themselves and as they grow in self esteem they begin to want to learn.

Study Skills

Study skills are very important for a child, and many times, study skills are tailored to the needs of the child. Each student has their own particular way of studying, and if we find a way that works for the particular child, learning becomes so much easier. It can become a fun activity that includes sharpening the skills the child will need in order to be effective in life. Studying needs to be done. Why not make it fun and enjoyable in order to get the child to do it.
Children need to learn how to study. This means that he or she needs to learn how to find the main idea of a topic and either highlight the important points or take notes. Not everything is important, and the child needs to learn how to discriminate between important points and not so important points.
Learning how to write down the points which are important or put them on index cards is another technique in developing study skills.
If the child can write in the book, highlighting the important points can be done. Otherwise, index cards are a wonderful to organize main points of a text in order to study.

Pennsylvania State University
Beaver College
MEd
Penn State University
Other

Education

Pennsylvania State University

Beaver College (MEd)

Penn State University (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The rate is negotiable depending on travel distance as well as the amount of time a student needs tutoring each week. Contact me for a definite rate for your particular circumstances.

Travel policy

Carla will travel within 10 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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