Florida International University (Hospitality Manageme)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Master's)
My educational philosophy can be summed up in the following quotation from Carol Tomlinson “A curriculum furthers excellence when it opens doors to a promising tomorrow. Instruction furthers excellence when it moves a learner as effectively as possible toward expertise as a thinker, problem solver, and producer.” Not every child will need or be able to use all of the tools in the Standards Of Learning (SOL) curriculum. However, by selecting the best “toolbox” for each student, the best results can be achieved. I have experience working with students who have struggled with the SOL curriculum but with specialized instruction were able to meet with success.
As an educator, I must first know my students as individuals, taking into account their backgrounds, interests, goals, academic strengths, personal needs and abilities. Then I can draw on their strengths to guide their instruction. Every student can learn but they need a teacher who understands their learning style. This year I tutored a group of eight 5th graders who were not reading on grade level but all passed the Reading SOL. There is no greater joy to me than witnessing a student utilize strengths and learned strategies to meet the challenges of quality instruction. I understand and believe that each child has the potential and ability to learn, solve problems, and become productive in our ever-changing world.
I have taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade math so I understand the subject across all grade levels. In addition, I have provided SOL remediation to both 4th and 5th grade students who had previously failed their SOL's where 75% passed on a retake.
For many students, finding the right strategy to tackle a particular problem is half the battle!
I have training in a multi-sensory approach to reading that incorporates sight, sound, movement and touch to help kids connect language to words. Multi-sensory instruction helps kids tap into their learning strengths to make connections and form memories and it allows them to use a wider range of ways to show what they’ve learned.
If you have difficulty understanding and meeting with success in a curriculum that is taught at a pace that goes too quickly and in a classroom that uses only traditional means, consider getting specialized instruction that focuses on your learning needs. Individualized instruction is the best way to combat struggling learners. My educational philosophy can be summed up in the following quotation from Carol Tomlinson “A curriculum furthers excellence when it opens doors to a promising tomorrow. Instruction furthers excellence when it moves a learner as effectively as possible toward expertise as a thinker,
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I am trained in multi-sensory reading strategies that helps the learner internalize visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile activities simultaneously.