I have 12 years of teaching experience. I will work with student and make contact with the teacher if the parent wishes to make sure the student is learning to the teacher's expectations. I have a lot of experience working with learning difficulties. I have been teaching math for 12 years now and have learned quite a few good techniques along the way. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Special Education major and minor in mathematics. I took the math proficiency test... [more]
Algebra 1 is key to having success in 8th grade or into high school. It is very systematic and involves sequential steps in order to solve equations. Slope, intercepts, functions, graphing, manipulating equations, and other skills are what makes the subject very interesting. There are several tricks that can help remember esp. when dealing with slope. I have learned a lot of the tricks and they seem to work!
Pre-Algebra focuses on solving basic one and two-step equations. Problem Solving skills are addressed in this course. Figuring out ratios and solving proportions are a key to being able to set up equations and then solve them. Learning the basic units of measurement and how to manipulate them using the English and Metric system are critical to succeeding in Algebra. This skill is critical to learn at the Pre-Algebra and will help throughout math classes as well as in Chemistry.
Being that the ACT is a timed test it is one that you really need to know what type of questions will be on the test. How much time is allotted for each section. What is the pace that the student should allow for each question. These are important questions that I can answer as well as the numerous resources out there to practice in order to have success on the test.
Study Skills is a broad term in my opinion that can be broken down into many areas. First of all is assessment. How do you go about taking a test and even before that what do you study and for how long? It is important for students to understand that when taking a multiple choice test it is advantageous to not necessarily do every question in order. Organization is a critical component of study skills. What information is important to the class and what should you remember for the tests or quizzes. These skills if learned correctly by students can really help them become more confident in their abilities. When that happens then the grades will improve.
I worked as a Special Education teacher for 10 + years and have worked with ADD and ADHD students. The key to working with these kids is to see how long they can sustain attention and teach in those moments. If it is a short time then lots of breaks need to be taken. Exercise and fidgets also can help aid in getting attention back again.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I have a Special Education Bachelors degree in the area of Emotionally Impaired from Eastern Michigan University. Masters degree at Eastern Michigan University in Learning Disabilities. For the last 13 years I have been teaching Special Needs students and many of those are on the Autism Spectrum. With these experience it has allowed me to learn how to work with Autistic students.
Special Education training in the area of Emotional Impairment. Went back to school and got my masters degree in Learning Disabilities. I have studied and worked with several students that have had dyslexia. It is very frustrating for the student as learning is more difficult for them, but with help they can achieve in their studies.