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Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon (Elementary Education)
Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon (Other)
I have been a K-8 teacher for 15 years. Students tell me I'm funny and nice, and they always seem comfortable around me, which is critical for learning, and also makes the sessions more fun. I love nothing more than to hear a student say, "Hey, I'm getting it!" and see their confidence growing.
Whatever your English reading level, I can help you read more fluently, with more understanding, and with a growing vocabulary. I especially like helping students learn how write better, whether it's creative, descriptive, or any kind of writing, and regardless of what area needs work--conventions, sentence fluency, etc. This includes the essential skills of knowing how to proofread and edit your own work. I can also teach Spanish, or other subjects in Spanish.
We'll start tutoring right away, but at first I'll be trying to find out your specific academic level, and understand you and what your needs are, and then we can go to work. Of course I'll adjust as we go, based upon progress, always aiming for that "sweet spot" where learning is optimal.
I also teach drums (drum set)--information listed separately. I have been a K-8 teacher for 15 years. Students tell me I'm funny and nice, and they always seem comfortable around me, which is critical for learning, and also makes the sessions more fun. I love nothing more than to hear a student say, "Hey, I'm getting it!" and see their confidence growing.
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For those brave individuals: DRUMS! I have been playing drums (several genres) for about 14 years, including six bands, and I currently play at my church. I have taken drum lessons from three different teachers over the years, a total of about 7 years. I can read and write in two-line drum music format, which is easy to learn and a great tool for figuring out parts. I only have one student at present, so lesson times are quite flexible. Let's talk and see if we're a good match. Lessons for any age, on your drums or mine.
I have taught mostly K-5th, and some 6-8th, for over 15 years both as a substitute teacher and in my own class (kindergarten twice and first grade twice), often in bilingual classes. I've also scored statewide writing assessments, twice at the 5th grade level, and once at 3rd grade. I love kids, and apparently it shows, judging from the many teachers who request me and the numerous students who greet me with big smiles. My strengths are English reading, writing, and grammar, Spanish, and I have a few more tests to take.
I have taken quite a few English classes, and I love to help others improve their reading and writing skills. I've also taught thousands of students in my 15 year teaching career (I'm now semi-retired) and I've gotten pretty good at assessing where a student is at, and then helping them move forward from that point. I can help your son or daughter improve in any area of English, as well as the more specific areas of writing: ideas and content, organization, word choice, voice, or conventions).
I've taught elementary school (as a sub and also a contracted teacher), which frequently involved actual proofreading of students' papers. Besides that, I've scored writing for the state four different times: twice for 5th grade, once for 4th and once for 3rd. Scoring didn't involve proofreading per se, but it involved going over each paper carefully enough to make a judgement about many different aspects of writing.
As a contracted teacher, I taught a half-day kindergarten class (which is heavily weighted toward Reading) one year, and a double half-day (i.e. all day) kinder another year. I also had a first-grade class for two years (again, Reading is a major part). During those times, I took part in several workshops and informal discussions on teaching Reading.
In addition, I took a half-day job as an instructional assistant teaching Reading to struggling readers, mostly one-on-one. When I wasn't contracted, I was subbing in various elementary classes, all of which included Reading.
I have taken adult Spanish classes for two years, plus I've traveled in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras and lived with families there. My years as a teacher and a substitute teacher were often in bilingual classes and around students and staff who were from Mexico, so I know proper "book Spanish" and also "everyday Spanish." So, whether you're young or old, just starting out, or wanting to improve your Spanish, I think I can help. No hay problema!
English spelling is a rocky road. The reason why it's so difficult is that our language is really a salad of different languages that people from all over the world have brought here. But I guarantee you'll be a better speller after we work on it together.
I've taken several college writing classes, and a college grammar class, as well as 15 years as a substitute teacher. I've also worked for the State as a scorer of 5th grade writing papers twice, and 3rd grade writing papers once. I've also worked for Salem-Keizer once, scoring 4th grade writing papers, which were practice-only (the scores didn't go on their records). Each scoring session included a training session as well.