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George Mason University
George Mason University (Enrolled)
I have received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Minor in Music-Vocal Performance at George Mason University. In addition, I have graduated from George Mason University with a Master's in Elementary Education (Internship in Professional Development Schools (PDS)-Year Long) in June of 2011. I have obtained my Virginia teaching license as well.
I have a lot of experience in formulating curricula and lesson plans as well as working with a group of teachers. I believe that a teacher’s education is ongoing. I am always open to suggestions or learning to improve my teaching. I also strongly believe in sharing my ideas with others as well as receiving ideas.
What I bring to tutoring includes effective communication skills, a strong acceptance of student involvement, and a strong desire to provide the students with an enjoyable and academic education. I have received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Minor in Music-Vocal Performance at George Mason University. In addition, I have graduated from George Mason University with a Master's in Elementary
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The main focus of my studies in the graduate program I am involved in is elementary education (K-6). I have been in this program since the fall of 2009. I will have my Virginia teaching certification in May and my Masters in June. I have passed all of the required testing (Praxis, Praxis II-Elementary Content Knowledge, VCLA, and VRA) to become a teacher. In this program, I have had a field placement in first grade, as well as 4 months teaching kindergarten. With these primary grades I was able to observe, and then teach the fundamentals of reading. This included phonics and developmental techniques in writing. These grades also included instruction in math. I was involved in the teaching of numbers, numerals, and their connection to addition, subtraction, and graphing. With my student teaching in kindergarten, I was involved in extensive lesson planning and preparation.
I have also had field placement in 6th grade and am currently involved in my student teaching internship (5 months) of 6th grade. In this grade I have been involved with the further instruction of reading, focusing mainly on vocabulary and, in some part, the origins of words. I have also been included in the teaching of writing. This contains proper sentence and paragraph format, grammar, and the pulling together of ideas and research. I will soon be taking over the compacted math class (7th grade math) that has components of algebra and geometry. I am experience in social students and science, being involved in interactive notebooks, labs, and the teaching/studying of SOL objectives. I have also done extensive planning for this grade.
My experience in teaching ESL/ESOL students began in the summer of 2007, when I was the teacher assistant for middle ESL/ESOL students. Students from many different countries, coming to America with many different languages. The main focus in my teaching these students was to relay the importance and value of their culture, while teaching them the language (English) and culture of America. Since then, especially in getting my masters in education, I have worked more closely with students of different language backgrounds. In the 6th grade class that I am student teaching in now, over half of the class are ESL students; many being from Central America, one from Iran, one from Ghana, and one from China. In teaching the English language I begin with phonics, the sounds, of the language. I then connect those sounds to their corresponding letters. I allow all of my students to have a dictionary of translations between their language and the English language, so that connections can be made. I also use many visuals to connect the words of their language to the English language. Reading is the best way to learn a new language, because that reading can transfer into the spoken language. Many of my ESL/ESOL students who read more tend to excel and become comfortable with the language more quickly.
In my Master's program, I have had the opportunity to take two classes in literacy teaching and learning in diverse classrooms. I know what is involved in the literary block of a classroom. It entails students being able to choose suitable reading material, and then applying their reading skills to it. This does not include just reading the work, but literary connections and recalling the story. It is always relevant in reading, writing, and spelling. In addition, I have passed the Virginia Reading Assessment.
In my Master's program, I have had the opportunity to take two classes in literacy teaching and learning in diverse classrooms. It was in these classes and seminars that I was able to learn about phonics. I found that phonics is a method of teaching English speakers to read and write in that language. I was able to execute my learning of phonics in teaching kindergarten. Kindergarten is the age in America where most students learn to read and write. It is therefore important to teach students, whether they are learning this language for the first time or first learning to read/write, the various assortments of English sounds and the letters that correspond to those sounds. I have taught phonics’ many different stages, which includes teaching students that letters make up words and words make up sentences, etc. I have taught students that sounds blend together and make words and that, in the English language, some letters can make different sounds in one words than they do in another. I have taught phonics, whether I was teaching kindergarten and sixth, or substituting for other grades. It is always relevant in reading, writing, and spelling. In addition, I have passed the Virginia Reading Assessment, a large portion of which includes testing in the teaching of phonics.
I feel that I am strongest at teaching reading. I took several classes on the teaching of reading in my Masters program. In addition, reading is something that I teach to my students daily. As a kindergarten teacher, I am often the first reading teachers that those students receive. I begin with the very basics/fundamentals of reading and am able to tailor my lessons to students who are very low and students who are at a very high reading level. In addition, I have passed the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA).
I have found study skills to be incredibly important, no matter the grade. One thing I always keep in mind is that every child has their own optimum way of learning. I also know that studying does not just mean memorizing or reviewing material for the sake of a test. Studying involves whatever material was learned that day so that it may stay fresh in your mind so that you may proceed. In the 6th grade class I am currently teaching, I have found study skills to be extremely important. I keep in mind that there are different types of learners. Some students learn more interactively, while some prefer to simply read the information. At the same time, I have taught the importance of differentiated studying.
Organization is also a big component of study skills. In the classes I have taught, I have the students have a notebook/binder for each subject. I also have the students in higher grades use index cards for study purposes. I give exercises and games of the material to add the interactive and fun component.
I received my Bachelor's in Theater at George Mason University. In that program, I took many classes on the art of acting and the many approaches and techniques that one could make. One of these classes included an audition techniques class where I was taught how to approach an execute a theater audition. I have been a part of many theater productions both on on off stage and am very capable of getting students to become more confident on the stage.
In my Masters in Education program, I took several classes on the subject of reading and writing. Now, as a teacher for Virginia, writing is a subject that I teach daily. I teach my students the fundamentals and techniques of writing. In addition, I have taken workshops on writing and have learned how to conference with a students on their written work giving them positive reinforcement while teaching them at the same time.
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