I have my Master of Arts in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Columbia University, Teachers College. I have taught at a number of schools for dyslexic students and apply a variety of multisensory Orton-Gillingham based programs including The Wilson Reading System when working with students struggling in phonics and spelling. I am sensitive to the needs of students struggling in school and enjoy helping the students with whom I work gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve acad... [more]
When working with struggling readers I use direct, individualized multisensory language techniques including the Orton-Gillingham based Wilson Reading System. This program teaches students how to encode (spell) as they learn to decode. For students having difficulty with reading comprehension I teach a number of reading comprehension strategies enabling students to construct meaning from text. Using these methods I help students achieve independent and strategic reading skills.
I have been teaching students in kindergarten through sixth grade for many years and have my MA in Reading from Columbia University, Teachers College.
When teaching phonics, I use programs such as the Wilson Reading System, a direct, individualized multisensory program emphasizing decoding and encoding. Orton-Gillingham based programs such as the Wilson Reading System utilize direct, systematic, phonics based instruction. I teach students directly and systematically how to fluently and accurately read and spell. Students learn phoneme segmentation and syllable segmentation. They work with controlled text so that the words presented to the student for reading and spelling will contain only elements of word structure that have been directly taught.
I have been teaching study skills for over twenty years to students in elementary school through college. When providing study skills instruction I focus on specific study skills techniques such as SQ3R (Survey, Question,Read, Recite, Review). I also teach specific note-taking strategies such as two column note-taking and outlining as well as organizational skills, strategies and homework implementation. Another important study skill area on which I enjoy focusing is test-taking and test preparation. I generally provide students with a five day test preparation plan and give them tips and information about the different test forms such as essay tests versus short answer or multiple choice tests. Depending upon the needs of the student I also like to focus on improving reading speed and comprehension.
I have been teaching all aspects of the English language for many years and have had experience working with students of all ages including adults. As an ESL teacher, I can help students achieve greater English-language mastery by working on their spoken and written English language skills. My areas of instruction for ESL students include English grammar concepts, vocabulary, note-taking, study skills and test-taking as well as all aspects of written language including sentence and paragraph structure.
I have worked with many students diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. I try to involve each student as thoroughly as possible in the learning process, paying particular attention to the emotions of the student with whom I am working. By providing a structured and predictable learning environment I help my students to achieve greater success when learning. For students with ADD or ADHD I also break down large tasks and pieces of information into more manageable sections so that they do not become overwhelmed. By breaking tasks down, students are able to achieve greater confidence and alleviate frustration. Similarly, I find frequent feedback and positive reinforcement to be important tools when working with students with ADD. For older students I apply a number of learning tools such as a daily/monthly schedule and long-range assignment planning as well as a weekly time chart. I also teach them about the varying learning modalities and ways to set clear and realistic goals and exclude distractions.
I am trained in a number of multisensory Orton-Gillingham based programs including the Wilson Reading System. I have been tutoring dyslexic students for over ten years.