Gwynedd Mercy University (Elementary Education)
My experience with teaching has been the most rewarding challenge I could ever possibly encounter. Without my love for children, I could never have done the wonderful job I did for so many years. My experience with teaching children was with children ages 4 to 8 for over 35 years. Most of those years was with children from the inner city in Philadelphia, Pa. It was such a rewarding job for me because these children truly needed as much love and understanding a person could possibly give. I was and still am that person, as I believe I am blessed with the natural ability to understand children's needs.
I retired from teaching because I will be making a change of location the beginning of January, 2016. I will be moving to the area of Bluffton, SC. I am so very anxious to get back into teaching/tutoring. The thing I like about tutoring is that I have that one on one relationship with the child. I can give my complete attention to that one individual and learn their needs almost immediately. I am capable of using tools necessary to get across to the child a fun way to grasp the concept we are working on. It is very rewarding when this happens , for both the student and instructor as well.
For fifteen years I taught second grade. That was in the late 70's and early 80's. Teaching reading back then was so different from today's way of teaching. Children were grouped according to ability. Small group reading lessons gave me the chance to meet the needs of children who had difficulty with grasping the concept. Phonics is is truly the first step for children who have difficulty learning reading at a slower pace. All children learn at different levels. Some children soar right into reading where some children can have such difficulty with letter sounds and trying to make words using letters. Some children have difficulty just understanding that letters make words. Today, children work in whole group reading lessons. I think this is good but for that small group who just can't quite get that whole group concept, can be very intimidating for them and therefore they loose there self-esteem.
As I have stated before, I am blessed with the love for children. I have a natural understanding for how children learn. I have taught Elementary Education for 35 + years, mostly Kindergarten. Much of my teaching was in reading, math and handwriting on a daily basis, five days a week. I had a great knowledge and understanding of the levels which children were on. I knew many ways how to make adjustments for these children who had some difficulty grasping concepts.
Learning to read begins with phonics. Without the concept of phonics, learning to read can be very stressful on a child who wants to read. Without the fundamentals for phonics, learning to read will become a burden for children, something I believe no child wants to go through.
To the students who want to have a wonderful fun experience with learning to read, or write or just having fun learning with numbers and symbols and all the fun tools that we will use, I can promise you a time to look forward to having fun while learning learning. My experience with teaching has been the most rewarding challenge I could ever possibly encounter. Without my love for children, I could never have done the wonderful job I did for so many years. My experience with teaching children was with children ages 4 to 8 for over 35 years. Most of those years was with children from the inner city in