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Frostburg State University (Psychology)
Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (MEd)
Georgetown University, DC (Master's)
Hello students and parents!
Welcome! As a tutor and college professor, I specialize in writing, reading, college essays, public speaking, resumes/interviews, math, study skills, computer technology, test preparation (GED, SAT, TOEFL) and ESL skill development.
I assist all ages and levels from K-12, to college and business professionals.
My top 5 descriptive adjectives include: Dedicated, passionate, intelligent, patient, and enthusiastic. Now, five more words to describe my teaching styles: Creative, flexible, helping, interactive, and fun! Next, five words that describe my values: Professionalism, sincerity, honesty, respect, and results-driven. Finally, those five words that describe how I facilitate making YOU a better learner: Communication, responsibility, persistence, discipline and humor.
I have been an educator for more than 15 years. I was most recently nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award at Pierce College, Puyallup, as well as receiving the Outstanding ESL Teacher Award at Cypress Community College (NOCCCD) in southern California.
I have two Master's degrees. One is in the Rehabilitative Counseling field, and my other Master's degree is in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education. I have taught ESL and Computer Education extensively throughout southern California, as well as, in Western Washington at various community colleges.
In reference to my own hobbies, I enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, interior decorating, making mosaic-tiled mirrors, traveling, surfing the net for new ideas, scrap-booking, reading, movies, hiking, camping, biking, and entering athletic races such as triathlons and half-marathons.
It is my goal to help each and every one of my students not only with the skills needed to learn a subject and/or language, but also to instill in them, a passion for life-long learning.
And even if you choose not to hire me as your tutor ... please carry this message with you: "There are always two sides to every coin. Choose the positive side every morning you wake up. Choose to take risks and explore. And above all, choose to do your personal best." Hello students and parents!
Welcome! As a tutor and college professor, I specialize in writing, reading, college essays, public speaking,
Group rates: 2 students $50/hour total 3 students $70/hour total 4-6 students $85/hour total Check out my group rate May-June special posted in my profile (less than $20/hour per person!)
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Deborah definitely knows her subjects very well, and this is backed by her extensive teaching experience at various colleges in California and Washington. She is very friendly and humble, and nothing about her demeanor is intimidating or demanding. I think that is a very important quality for a teacher to have. She is very thorough in her work and will use all the resources necessary to make sure her student is armed and ready in order to continue the learning experience outside of session times. She has indefinite patience, and will only move on when the student has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge. Deborah definitely exceeded my expectations as a tutor. She does her work because she loves it, because it's her passion, and it shows in the way she carries it out. I would definitely recommend Deborah as your personal tutor!
My son is in 6th grade middle school and has fallen behind when it comes to writting. Deb has been great with him giving him direction on how to write. He comes out of each session with a little more conference and it shows in his grades at school.
I would highly recommend Deb if your child needs a tutor.
Deb is the most responsible teacher I have hired for my son's academic study through this website. We are lucky to have her to help out with college application this time. She did an incredible job.
Deb R. does an excellent job tutoring both my children in multiple subjects. They enjoy and look forward to working with Deb. She is kind, nurturing and direct in a way the kids really respond to. We plan to continue using her.
I hired Ms. Deborah to help me with public speaking. My current profession is in sales so I wanted to improve my presentation skills and ability to talk in front of groups of people.
Our first session was really great, she gave me some advice about how to be a better public speaker (ex: voice inflection, how to stand in front of a group, how to use power point when presenting, etc.) She even made me give a presentation on any subject of my choosing so she could see where I needed improvement. Now mind you, I was very nervous in our first session but Ms. Deborah has an uncanny way of making you feel very comfortable and at ease.
In our 2nd session we did a lot of voice training. She showed me various techniques to improve my voice inflection when speaking in front of groups and individuals.
Would I hire Ms. Deborah again? YES!!! I think anyone who is lacking in certain skills would definitely benefit from Ms. Deborah's tutoring. The sessions that I had with Ms. Deborah helped me build my confidence about public speaking and giving presentations.
My daughter has been going to Deb for about a month. Deb is an awesome instructor and really gets my daughter to engage. She is learning very quickly and will be speaking Spanish in no-time.
We really think we found a great tutor and person to support our son with study skills. Deb has really helped give him and us some tips and advice, we have seen huge improvements in his handwriting and the checking of his work, also asking questions when he does not understand. He enjoys his study lesson with Deb and we value her advice, which is down to earth and realistic. We would recommend Deb, we see and feel the growth in our son. Thank you Deb.
Thanks so much, Pam and Dean, for your ongoing support while I work with your son! He is such a pleasure to work with and I am looking forward to even more gains in his progress as he becomes aware of his own growth and skill improvement!
Deborah is so patient, kind, and helpful! She helped me complete last minute details of finishing my book. She also took the time to email me possible publishers for my book. I truly appreciate her help and follow-up list of publishers!
My daughter has been meeting with Deb for a couple months now. She has helped her with math and writing and my student has had great improvement. Deb has not only helped her with the basic fundamentals but even more importantly her confidence in both subjects. She really looks forward to seeing her each week. I can really tell that Deb really cares about her students and enjoys teaching them. We couldn't of wished for a better tutor or person.
Have thoroughly enjoyed Yoga classes with Deb. She has a wonderful holistic approach which embodies the true spirit of Yoga.
Deb has been an incredible tutor! She is always very easy to get a hold of and very prompt in her responses to phone calls and emails. She uses a variety of teaching styles and didactic materials in order to keep learners engaged and excited about learning. She is incredibly thorough and organized in her lesson plans. Deb has been a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to anyone but I have been especially impressed with her cultural competencies as an ESL tutor.
Deb was great to deal with and I learned a lot in our first session. She was very timely in answering all my emails and questions. I know I will be excellent at public speaking with her guidance.
I was very happy to find such a great ESL tutor!
Deborah is a real professional with serious experience in teaching other people to speak English. She is a very understandable and helpful teacher. During my lessons we have worked on different subjects - pronunciation, grammatic rules, slang language, idioms, role plays and etc. She has a valuable set of different tools and sources for learning English starting from beginners to advanced in English students. You don't have to worry about creating a working plan for your education - she will make it for you after consideration of your current English speaking and reading level. Each lesson is very informative and filled with speaking and reading tasks and tests. She reviews every lesson so you will have more material to work on improving your language skills.
If you want to work with a serious English language professional - she is a right person to work with!
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In addition to helping students prepare for the ASVAB, I have taught for over 10 years at Pierce College at both Lakewood and Puyallup campuses in the following subject areas:
English as a Second Language, college level reading, writing, math, and technology; college entrance exams prep; SAT prep; College scholarship essays; and TOEFL prep.
I have taught Career Development classes at both the high school (with Running Start high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college programs)and the community college levels. My instruction focuses on using paper/pencil assessments as well as online career search tools such as Onet Online; free assessments from: The Princeton Review, The Career Zone, The Riley Guide, or The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Assessment based in the Myers-Briggs Theory. I use the results of any one of the assessments a student takes to assist him/her in choosing a career or major. We explore interest areas as well as skill areas to arrive at a career field focus. Part of the career exploration involves conducting informational interviews with a currently employed individual, practicing mock job interviews, developing and/or updating a resume; learning how to effectively complete online job applications, and to conduct the follow-up steps of the interview process. Academic subjects and transfer programs are also discussed and reviewed for a better understanding of the college processes.
I have worked at Pierce College in Puyallup WA for over 10 years as an academic counselor and advisor. During my role as the Disability Coordinator, I counseled not only currently enrolled students to help prepare them for their upcoming quarterly courseloads, but I also assisted potential students from the community by assessing their college readiness skills, performing career and academic program assessments using several testing tools (i.e., wois.org, ACT Compass test preparation,Accuplacer test preview, etc.) I consistently access user-friendly sites with students to help them throughout their college program such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and have attended at least one conference yearly for my own professional development of college counseling skills. I have worked 4 years with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation of WA state which involved community collaboration with the local colleges in order to assess, place, and monitor students' academic progress in college. While teaching over 8 years at Pierce College, I averaged an advising load of 45 students each quarter and was involved as a committee member on the financial aid appeal board to help students get back on track with their studies and maintain a passing GPA.
My instructional content focuses on math standards to include:
problem solving, communicating, reasoning, connections, and estimation. My curriculum is adaptable to whatever math concept(s) need to be learned/improved and the textbook in use by the student.
I currently tutor two second graders in elementary math, and a fifth grader in pre-algebra. All three continue to show improvement in their homework grades and classroom math tests. Part of my teaching format includes working on their level of self-confidence as well. Most of my activities with children include kinesthetic / tactile activities to help improve their math skills.
Some of the topics I cover in elementary math may include, but are not limited to:
Exponents and square roots
Add and subtract integers
Add and subtract decimals
Problem solving and estimation
Multiply and divide decimals
Charts and graphs
Fractions and mixed numbers
Add and subtract fractions
Ratios, proportions, and percents
I highly encourage:
- student self-checks (of their problems beginning to end)
- frequent practice & reviews
- students’ questions
I use several interactive software programs to hold the students’ interests and to offer a different format for learning in a low stress environment.
Teaching English is like opening a door to a world of creativity, imagination, and challenge! I love seeing the light bulbs go off with my students as they grasp the important elements in writing compositions. My instruction basically focuses on:
- the writing process of brainstorming, free-writing, creating a draft, editing, revising, re-writes, etc.
- using mindmapping and/or organized outlines as a start
- sentence, paragraph, and essay structures
- vocabulary in context
- main idea & supporting details
- making inferences
- MLA and/or APA writing style
- editing techniques
I look forward to working with you to help improve your compositional skills. Good luck to you!
I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador.
In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
While working at the community college level with high school students, college students, and business professionals, I have instructed on a variety of GED preparation subjects (i.e., math, reading, writing) as well as college study skills classes to facilitate successful completion of students' GED program, i.e., College 110 (freshman college class covering goal setting, study skills, reading, writing, critical thinking and computer technology programs and online tools).
I have been teaching grammar for over 12 years now accessing everything I learned from my graduate program at Georgetown University and Seattle University. Since I love grammar, I make your learning fun and interactive as well. This subject could be quite challenging, therefore, I offer high energy lessons using a variety of tools (online language sites, hands-on tasks, music, drama, poetry, AZAR textbooks and website, etc.). I offer lessons from beginners' level to advanced. Due to the thoroughness of my lessons, not only will your grammar improve, but your writing and speaking will also benefit from your hard work with me as your tutor. Good luck!
I currently tutor two second graders to help them improve their handwriting skills.
I focus on the following principles as well as share my recommendations and tips for the parents to carry over the students' practice into the home:
1. I make the handwriting practice session fun, low stress, and engaging for the children. I use multiple tools and activities as practicing handwriting could become quite monotonous followed by a students' increased frustration and boredom.
2. I plan exciting, active lessons to teach appropriate pencil grip and posture for writing.
3. I pay attention to the 4 developmental stages of handwriting, noting the level of each student and progressing at a rate individualized for each child.
a. Ages 1-2: scribbles leading into imitation and/or reproduction of adult writing.
b. Ages 2-3: copying vertical and horizontal lines. As the child becomes nearer to age 3, circles may also be copied.
c. Ages 3 and 4:imitating and then copying a cross or a plus sign. By age 4, imitating and then copying a square.
d. Age 5: imitate and copy a triangle. Once established, children are capable of learning to print.
4. I use multisensory strategies, lessons, and practical ideas to teach printing and cursive skills that promote a love of writing. I identify their likes/dislikes and frequently use items they like to incorporate writing into the lesson, i.e., if they like SpongeBob, we use a SpongeBob mindmap for them to write out a story about the characters.
5. I understand appropriate use of handwriting assessments and data driven strategies already accumulated by the student's parents and/or school, to evaluate a student's handwriting abilities
6. I recognize common handwriting problems and apply simple, effective remediation techniques.
It has been noted by both the parents and the teachers of my two current students, that their handwriting has improved after one month of tutoring. The one little boy not only self corrects his handwriting, but he is carrying over this skill into writing his math computation problems (numbers) legibly.
I have taught over 10 years at Pierce College as an ESL instructor, with computer lab work in the Microsoft programs of WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Publisher. With EXCEL, I teach the basics into intermediate skill level, assessing your progress through some really cool projects. Give me 4 meetings and you will acquire enough of the basic skills to produce comprehensive spreadsheets for business or personal use. I incorporate online tutorials, my own curriculum, performance tasks, assessments and testing. I look forward to working with you. EXCEL is a fun program to learn, and if you already know WORD, you are halfway there using similar icons and toolbars.
Teaching PowerPoint is definitely my forte as I have taught many lab classes of PowerPoint as well as used this program while presenting at many local, statewide, and national conferences for my job. I love technology and I use a lot of different tools which include but not limited to online tutorials, my individualized curriculum, quizzes/tests, and project work.
Your lessons will start off with learning the basics of putting together a presentation. I also teach you how to give a professional presentation to include great eye contact, non-verbal body language, voice projection, organizational skills, and use of the bells and whistles inside of PowerPoint. You could learn all of this or you could choose to stick to just the basics.
I work with my students and not merely give them a bunch of websites to work on in between classes. I do give homework and quizzes/tests. You would be assigned project work and the ending project is a task that involves planning an international trip using EXCEL, WORD, PowerPoint, and Publisher. If you do not have all of these programs on your computer, you can download a trial copy for 30 - 60 days at the Microsoft Office site.
Working with PowerPoint is an extremely fun and creative experience. I look forward to working with you on creating some really great presentations!
In using MS Publisher with my students, I first explore how I will be conducting my planning, developing and organizing of my material as a checkpoint to verify if Publisher is indeed the best software program to use. Since I find creativity and variety of delivery modes critical in keeping the students excited about learning and wanting to return to tomorrow's class, I choose Publisher often. This program enhances students' skills in many of the major language areas (reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar) as well as creative design, imagination, and technology skills. For over ten years, I have used Publisher to encourage and enhance students' writing skills through an ESL quarterly newsletter. They have learned to be individually responsible for timeframes, deadlines, task completion and follow through by using Publisher for newsletters. My students have also learned to develop their writing skills by using this program to create advertisements, flyers, and posters. One project which has always instilled pride in my students involves the creation of a travel brochure which comes from a team activity of taking a mock trip to an international city. They incorporate the use of EXCEL for their budget planning, and MS PowerPoint to share their project via an oral presentation. Students also learn how to make business cards, letterheads and advertisements to promote their own businesses. I use calendars for them to set their goals and identify due dates for goals, homework, important dates, etc. Students love my class days when we use Publisher as this program allows them to deviate from the typical classroom lecture - they are much more interactive and team oriented when using Publisher.
I have taught many computer classes (from beginning to advanced) to my ESL students throughout my 10+ years of instruction at community colleges and in library classroom settings. Of all the skills needed to be a successful computer instructor, I pride myself on my patience and the refusal to grab the mouse from my student during instruction! They learn faster from doing versus watching. I have also developed many student manuals on learning Microsoft Windows for all levels of ESL and ABE students. Based on my quarterly student self-assessment, my topics may range from among the following: The Desktop, Basic Concepts; Configuring the screen, the mouse, the printer; Adding or removing programs; Adding new hardware; Windows Media Player; Scheduled Tasks; System tools; The Recyle Bin; Searching; and Windows explorer. I offer instruction using video tutorials, suggested exercises,and step by step exercises. Each activity and task is followed an evaluation.
I have been working with computers since the 1990s when I purchased my first laptop for my college program. I take pride in saying that most of what I have learned has been self-taught, later supplemented with workshops and continuing education classes.
I use computers on a daily professional basis, accessing Microsoft Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Publisher. I have been designated as the teacher mentor for new part-time instructors at my college, and I always look forward to showing them so many more tips and tricks with Microsoft Word that they have not been familiar with.
I have taught many quarters of computer classes from beginners’ level to advanced and these classes have always explored Microsoft Word. I enjoy using this software program in the non-traditional ways in order to stretch my students’ imagination and have them think outside the box. Thus, in addition to teaching the typical elements in Word (i.e., the toolbars), I like to introduce them to all those ‘hidden toolbar icons’ that most users are leary to explore (i.e., track changes, mail merges, SmartArt, hyperlinks, etc.).
I look forward to working with you and wish you well in all that you do!
The primary focus of phonics instruction is to help beginning readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) to form letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns and to help them learn how to apply this knowledge in their reading. Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College, I have taught levels 1 to 6 for over 13 years. I provided phonics instruction both systematically and incidentally. I believe the classroom setting needs to be low stress, high energy and very interactive. Thus, I use different methods when teaching at this basic level:
• Analogy phonics
• Analytic phonics
• Embedded phonics
• Phonics through spelling
• Synthetic phonics
I have found that teaching phonics systematically produces significant benefits for students in kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulty learning to read. This is also true for ESL students at the 6th grade or lower reading level. I have also discovered that this form of phonics instruction improved the ability of good readers to spell.
I use a variety of tasks and activities to teach phonics, such as:
- Initial / final sounds worksheets
- CVC words worksheets
- Word skills games
- Phonics bingo
- Phonics rhymes
- Core Phonics spelling tests
- Phonics word searches
- Consonant / vowel digraphs worksheets
I have always enjoyed 'polishing' up an essay, a business project proposal, students' essays, administrative correspondence, etc., through my proofreading skills. This is a natural skill for me that I have developed and enhanced over the years through my work as an educational mentor, a webmaster with a college's Intranet site for employees, a career and job coach (editing resumes and cover letters for students, colleagues, and business professionals). Most recently, I tutored an author of ESL textbooks by proofreading / editing her manuscript draft. I tutor a variety of students to help improve their writing skills and along with this comes the "pay attention to the details" work of proofreading.
I have taught over 10 years at Pierce College working with ESL students, pre-college English and reading as well as oral presentation skills.
I conducted weekly oral presentations with my students and I helped them identify what their strong and weak points are. When they presented in front of an audience, I worked with them to remind them they are performing as an actor on stage.
My main points of instruction focus on:
Appropriate body language
Speaking with conviction
No reading from notes
Maintaining sincere eye contact
Speaking to your audience, listening to their questions, responding to their reactions, adjust and adapt.
Being prepared for the unexpected
Pauses. Allowing yourself and your audience a little time to reflect and think.
Adding humor whenever appropriate and possible. Keeping your audience interested
Having handouts ready
Knowing when to STOP talking
I love speaking in front of audiences, large and small. It becomes a challenge to me to see how I can maintain their interest and active participation throughout my own speeches.
I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes.
I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability.
My lessons focus on:
* Word recognition and letter sounds.
* Whole sentence structure.
* Finding vocabulary meaning in context.
* Comprehension checks through oral question/answer.
* Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions.
* Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music.
* Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet.
I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.
I have always loved the challenge of spelling words correctly and ever since the 2nd grade, I was always the 'spelling queen bee' in school. It comes naturally to me and the longer I use textbooks, online software programs and activities to teach spelling to both children and adults, my skills are further enhanced to help others. I have worked with ESL students, military personnel, business professionals and elementary students to assist them with improved spelling skills.
With my instruction, I cover spelling rules, phonetic sounding out of word syllables and experiential instruction to learn better spelling techniques.
Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives.
Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills.
I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos.
My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!
I have completed individual/private swimming lessons by a certified USAT coach, by a certified Mary Meyers Clinic triathlon trainer in Seattle, WA as well as a certified swim coach at the Enumclaw Community Center. For the past 4 summers, I have completed approximately 20 triathlons which includes a swimming component from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile per race. I also offer life coaching for individuals who are interested in taking up swimming as part of pursuing their first triathlon race.
When teaching TOEFL preparation, I emphasize the structure of the exam and deal with integrated activities. The integrated activities require the use of different skills. I offer instruction in 10 easy steps:
1. Preparation: a practice test
2. Planning my lessons backwards: I can effectively go through the tutoring session, work from the aims (goals), and then work the necessary steps, activities and exercises in order for you to reach those aims and objectives.
3. I know my subject: I get an understanding as to how the test is structured and learn the different steps involved by regularly taking a practice on the computerized test. This helps me learn different pointers that will help you make the most of the timing in between the questions.
4. Recording your responses
6. Integrated Mayhem
7. Using structure
8. Focus on the time aspect
9. Teach you to use your psychic abilities
10.Practice, Practice, Practice!
Throughout my Masters program at Georgetown University (Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), vocabulary instruction was an integral part of my program. I use a variety of tools to teach vocabulary, starting out with finding meaning in the context of sentences.
I assign reading assignments and as new words are highlighted, new vocabulary is learned and practiced. I use word games such as crossword puzzles, word searches, and jumbled words to help identify correct spelling (reinforcing consonant blends, digraphs, vowel pronunciation, etc.)
Using word lists and a definition journal also facilitates learning new vocabulary. These tools help to promote ongoing practice through repetitive usage of new words.
Using fun teaching techniques such as assigning homework by watching Wheel of Fortune, or playing Bookworm and Scrabble is enjoyed by students as a fun and diverse way to practice new vocabulary.
I also incorporate the teaching of prefixes, suffixes and root words to promote a thorough understanding of the word parts to the whole word.
A large majority of students really enjoy using computers, and are motivated to work much harder to complete their work. At the same time, they are learning computing skills that are becoming ever more important in the outside world.
Throughout the use of computer hardware and software in my classrooms, I knew that sooner or later I would be involved in web designing. While working at Pierce College, I was the unofficial webmaster for our ESL program's Intranet site which hosts 15 different pages for teachers to access. I maintained information, formatting and design for our district-wide site to share information, professional development opportunities, curriculum, important dates, database information, etc. As part of my computer instruction, I also taught students (and other teachers!)how to create their individual web sites, using free online programs.
I use the following guidelines in web page design:
1.Making your site usable by everyone if possible.
2.Making your site as user friendly (uncluttered, easy to navigate and easy to read).
3. Making your site useful - filling a need.
4. Maintaining integrity through professionalism and responsibility.
5. Making your site interesting, creative and fun to use (but staying away from the 'cute stuff').
6. Using "cutting edge technology" wisely and effectively.
7. And remember to consider the minority who may use less powerful computers, use older browsers and have slow Internet access.
I also use web 2.0 tools in my web designs, to include voice, recorded instruction, PowerPoint, graphics, screen captures, multiple formatted files (i.e., WORD, PDF, Soft Chalk, etc.)
Some of the attributes that my web design training sessions offer include: learner-centered activities;co-operative groups; authenticity (allowing for individual creativity and flexibility); and a sense of permanence (students' work does not merely sit and/or disappear inside of a notebook). Looking back over their work, my students gain a more professional outlook toward their own learning, something tangible that can continually be revisited on the Internet.
Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, I have taught many classes with a writing focus.
To develop your writing skills, I use the the five steps of the writing process (which can also be used for improving email writing skills):
I have taught many different techniques for various types of writing, including descriptive and persuasive paragraphs and essays. My composition techniques include polishing topic sentences, identifying a main idea with supportive details, and appropriate transitions.
Grammar is my specialty and I pay close attention to common errors with:
- subject-verb agreement
- run-on sentences
- comma splices
- pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions
- clarity, cohesion and unity in paragraphs
All in all, I encourage you to explore your own creativity in writing and to practice writing in different formats daily!
Writing / editing an essay or just a simple paragraph is like writing a resume -- you write a draft, revise, revise, revise, you edit it, you have 2 other people edit it, re-write as many times as needed, then finally, you produce your final copy. In writing, input is critical from others!
I have practiced Haitha yoga through several community college classes as well as being an active member (for over one year - attending at least 4 days a week) of Hot Yoga classes at Hot Yoga Inc in Puyallup WA. I have been practicing both Haitha and Vinyasa yoga weekly since Sept. 2011. During this time, I have received special one on one training to improve my own practice as well. I believe that yoga is an individual growth and challenging process of finding one's own creativity, life energy, and pure joy and satisfaction from inner breathing, meditation, and calming relaxation. Throughout my own practice, I have mentored many new yoga practitioners into making a lifelong commitment to their practice by identifying the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga.