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Buena Vista University (Elementary Education)
Buena Vista University (Master's)
I have 4 boys, all grown up. Two of them have been/are in the Army. I was born in Alaska, and that is where my parents and my brothers now live. My sister is in Montana, and I am moving to Nebraska. That is my life in a very small nutshell as my family and teaching ARE my life!
I have previously been a teacher at a parochial school and taught Spanish part-time. I have also tutored 2 students previously and we worked primarily on reading and math. This past school year I taught Special Ed/Resource/Math for eighth grade. I LOVE reading, and I love to teach and encourage others to read as it is a skill that will benefit students in all areas of school. Besides, reading can be a fun way to take a "trip" without ever leaving your hometown. It is my passion in teaching.
I have taught Special Ed teacher, working mostly with students with mild/moderate learning disabilities. I LOVE that; I love being able to help kids get past their struggles and learn to work with their disabilities, rather than to be hindered by them. At this time, I am a K-2 teacher working at an online school. I have also taught students in an alternative school, students who've struggled with the law and the rules of the school setting. These students have taught me patience, and I, in turn, have hopefully taught them that learning is lifelong, and that it can be fun - especially if they have input into their own learning.
One of my favorite things about teaching is seeing students succeed. I like to work in a small teacher-student ratio so that students can get the most personalized attention possible. That is how I always learned best, so I like to return the favor to students. I have 4 boys, all grown up. Two of them have been/are in the Army. I was born in Alaska, and that is where my parents and my brothers now live. My sister is in Montana, and I am moving to Nebraska. That is my life in a very small nutshell as my family and teaching ARE my life!
I have previously been a teacher at a parochial school and… Read more
If more than one student at the same time (example: siblings) I would offer a rate of $50/hr for each student. No more than 4 students at once, please. Otherwise, we lose the personal touch.
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During my process of becoming a teacher, I student taught in two distinctly different ages of students. I began by spending 18 weeks teaching in Sixth grade, working with 2 classes and teaching U.S. History and Language Arts. We worked together to learn about the Civil War. I am a teacher who believes in diverse methods of learning and learning styles, so I gave the students the choice to present the information that they learned about the Civil War in whatever format they preferred. Some chose to give oral reports, while others chose artistic methods of presentation such as posters. One group chose to demonstrate a "surgery" on the battlefields of the war by "operating" on a replica of a soldier! It was a fun, exciting, and educational time, not just for the students, but also for ME!
My second student teaching experience was performed in a Kindergarten class. Many teacher friends of mine are amazed that I actually chose to teach such a young age. I discovered that, although teaching such young children can be quite challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding. Little ones can be like sponges, willing to learn and absorb anything a teacher presents to them. For that reason, I thoroughly enjoyed teaching my younger charges in that setting.
Now I teach Spanish in a parochial school and have taught from Kindergarten through 8th grade students. My student teaching experiences helped to prepare me to teach a wide range of ages and to accept the various challenges of teaching all ages.
I am currently a beginning Spanish teacher at a parochial school. As soon as I completed my Bachelor's degree, I knew that I wanted to earn my Master's degree in Elementary Education, and so I began that process. I chose to pursue the track of the program that emphasizes ESL/ESOL training. The techniques that are used for ESL students to learn a second language (in their situations, English) are similar to my students' learning to speak a second language. I have been able to transfer knowledge from my graduate learning directly to the classroom.
Also, during this graduate program, I have done a practicum working in an ESL/ESOL/Spanish classroom with a seasoned teacher. The methods that she taught me have been invaluable: using gestures and facial expressions to convey meaning, extending wait time for answers to my questions, and connecting with students on a personal level to learn what interests them and to learn more about their culture are just a few of the techniques she taught me to incorporate in my teaching. ESL/ESOL teaching is very rewarding and interesting to me.
I have taken both the Praxis I and II exams and passed with flying colors. One of the things that I noticed about my classmates who did not pass either test is that my test taking skills are much more honed.
I have studied at Morningside College to be a Special Ed teacher of Level I, Mild/Moderate disabilities. I am awaiting my certification now. I am 2 courses (which I am taking this summer) and a professional experience away from a Master's degree in Special Ed. I have also taught Special Ed (Mild/Moderate) for one year.
I work in Resource class helping students with how to study as much as what to study. I teach test-taking skills such as how to understand questions, how to eliminate incorrect answers, how to "bank" information as soon as a test is handed out, etc. I have learned from my own experiences with testing, that half the battle is just knowing what skills help a student to do well on a test. I also work with Special Ed students to help them learn to prioritize assignments, information used in notes, and how to determine what is important to their teachers.
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