Oakland University (Elementary Education)
Oakland University (MEd)
My beginning origins were at the elementary levels teaching fourth grade. Then an opportunity to move to the junior high/middle school level, where I spent the remainder of my career, occurred and I finished my career in the classroom. I majored in science and language arts at Oakland University where I earned both my MAT and BA. At the end of my career I was teaching Earth Science and English to Eighth Grade students in the Rochester Community School System. I have coached Cheer Teams and Boys Football plus various club sponsoring.
So I love working with students, one on one or in large groups. In my thirty three year career I have touched many lives and they have also touched mine. I still have a lot to give and I do miss working with students. Maybe this might just be what we both need, working one on one, building a trusted bond of supported learning, working side by side. I love watching the eyes light up when the "light bulb" turns on above a student's head as they finally see their own success. The amazement of learning is exciting!
I pride myself in building success with students that struggle, as I work my magic. I believe that they can learn and in turn they catch the spirit. My gift as an educator goes to the above and beyond, where I create my own lessons to reach the needs of my students. This has been my method from the very start of my career, I was meant to teach, and for thirty three years that is just what I did.
The private tutoring that I have done has been with family members. One was a grand nephew that was reading at a first grade level and was going to start fifth grade. I spent the summer working with him and was able to get his level up to third grade, but more important his confidence in himself. He just needed to believe that someone was in his corner. I believe in my God given talent of reaching kids and helping them learn, impacting their lives. Some of my first students are in their forties and are my FaceBook "friends " we keep in touch as I made a difference in their lives. My beginning origins were at the elementary levels teaching fourth grade. Then an opportunity to move to the junior high/middle school level, where I spent the remainder of my career, occurred and I finished my career in the classroom. I majored in science and language arts at Oakland University where I earned both my MAT and BA. At the end of my
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My BA is in Elementary Educational majoring in science and minor in language arts. I have a master's in MAT.
I spent six years at the elementary level teaching fourth grade. This was valuable to my success at the Junior High/Middle School experience. Teaching Earth Science, all students are mainstreamed into this class. The course was to provide the ninth grade material that wouldn't be taught at the High School level. It was my task to make the learning to reach all levels and abilities, so I adapted my own lessons to reach my lowest leveled student to my brightest students. I taught the same way at the elementary level.
At the start of my career, I taught third and fourth grade. At that time, cursive was being taught in the classrooms. I have very neat hand writing and printing. I worked with Denelinean print intent that leads into cursive.
I have worked with students who have dysgraphia and can help with neat printing and cursive. It is the method of giving a child belief that they can succeed if they just try. I believe in a positive, I can attitude.
The use of phonics and syllabication in beginning readers is the building blocks for a good reader. Once a child has these tools they can sound out their words and go beyond the "wall" or sight words learned through rote memorization.
Utilizing these basic tools build the foundation of a good reader and from there the child can then move on to feeling confident of tackling larger and harder words as their reading progresses.
In my beginnings as a third/fourth grade teacher, we taught phonics as part of the reading program and also through spelling, but that was back in the late 70's early 80's.
I have tutored my grandson and nephew to raise their reading levels. I gave them strategies for study habits. Also in my own classroom, I would run study sessions during after school and during lunch period to assist students that needed reteaching on concepts.
I developed my own style of note taking that involved illustrations and color coding vocabulary to use visual clues. Just recently in a local restaurant, a young man came up to me and thanked me for all that I did as he was still using my methods at the college levels.