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I am a retired High School Resource Teacher. I hold a valid NYS Teaching certificate in Special Education. I worked at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls from September 1985 through my retirement in June 2006. While at Mynderse I taught Study Skills. I was responsible for helping students develop the skills and knowledge they needed to successfully complete classes and graduate. I worked in Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry classes, helping students complete lab assignments. I have extensive experience in helping students develop basic math, reading, and writing skills.
I am willing to help any student who is interesting in improving their academic performance. Prospective students should expect to improve if they are willing to accept responsibility for their actions and do the activities that I ask them to complete. I am a retired High School Resource Teacher. I hold a valid NYS Teaching certificate in Special Education. I worked at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls from September 1985 through my retirement in June 2006. While at Mynderse I taught Study Skills. I was responsible for helping
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I know how to teach reading, writing, and math skills. I spent thirty three years as a special education teacher evaluating what my students needed to improve their basic skills. Once I was able to determine their needs I developed specific strategies to improve.
Reading skills are best acquired through a combination of phonics and sight word activities. It is important to be able to identify the letters and their proper sound or sounds in order to develop ability in deciphering words. Along with the ability to use phonics skills, students also have to learn to know all the exceptions that the English language has in contradictory letter combinations and sounds which are a source of confusion to the beginning reader. It is very important to learn these exceptions and memorize the words that are confusing due to an inability to identify using a phonics approach. These sight words should be learned along with how to use phonics through a step by step process, evolving from easier to more difficult. Individual progress in the process may vary but improvement will occur if mastery is allowed to occur at each conceptual level. Eventually students needs to be able to instantly look at a word and know "by sight" what it is. With proper developmental activities and practice reading skills will improve.
Math skills begin with number recognition. Addition and subtraction skills should be developed first, followed by multiplication and division. If at all possible math facts should be memorized. A fundamental understanding of the basic four functions and their proper applications are the foundation for all further acquisition of mathematics skills. Calculators should be used to check work and can save time in more complex upper level math subjects. However a more complete conceptual understanding will occur if a dependence on calculators is avoided. Adults should use a calculator to balance their checkbook to assure complete accuracy. With that said it is important to stress that there can be no substitute to the rote memorization of basic math facts.
Writing skills are supported through the use of integrated activities which support the reading and math programs. As students proceed successfully through the basic fundamentals which stress the importance of neatness and spelling, more complete language arts skills will focus on grammar, syntax, usage, paragraphs, and different writing genres.
As a permanently certified Special Education Teacher I spent the last 21 years of my career teaching Study Skills in Seneca Falls, NY. In that public high school setting I was involved in helping the students sent to me improve their ability to process the information given to them in their regular classes.
My approach centered on helping the student develop a consistent and disciplined approach to effectively receive, comprehend, retain, and recall information as required by NYS Regents Examinations.
My goal is to develop discipline and a sense of commitment in the students I work with; showing them that they can be successful and attain their goals. It is very important to instill an overarching sense that the goals to be achieved are attainable and motivate the learner to see how to master the pathways to their mind.
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