In my public schooling years, I entered just about every academic competition they would allow. As a high school student, I created spelling and vocabulary games and exercises to engage my teammates with the words so that they could come with me to state, and it worked! I have always had a passion for teaching, innovating, and learning more across a multitude of subject areas. Today my main foci are American Sign Language, English, TESOL, Special Education (and I have a child with Aspergers and ADHD), History, Writing, and the Arts! I worn many different educational hats over the years: tutor, substitute, teacher of record (3 years), special education aide, online teacher, and interpreter. I cannot stay away and feel that everything is an opportunity for growth!
I believe in clear introduction to the materials, some straightforward reinforcing worksheets, some unconventional games, puzzles, worksheets, and other means of application, and then checking for big-picture comprehension and for detail retention. I also believe that periodic review is necessary and that children always remember more when a) they feel relaxed, b) they are having fun, c) they are actually doing, saying, or critically engaging, and d) when they can apply it to something else. I also believe that education has a responsibility to be culturally aware and teach basic social, personal, and professional skills through clear expectations and multiple layers of meaning. When I assigned group work to my students, each student was responsible for their own standalone section with their own rubric and thus could only heighten the strength of their grades as a group and not bring each other down if there was one lazy, sick, or shy group member. Acknowledge each child for their strengths and not just their weaknesses.
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I am a mother of two children who has done just about every job in education that I could. I love teaching, anything with writing or reading, and American Sign Language especially. One of my children has very mild Aspergers and ADHD, and because of my personal background I believe in the importance of teaching social, personal, civic, professional, and other skills in lessons as well as having some fun!
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Numbers, World Language, French, Spanish, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Instructional Technology, ESL / ELL / EFL, Decimals, Place Value, American Sign Language