- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hi, my name is Carol.
I teach Language Arts (including reading, phonics, spelling, grammar, etc.) and Math to Elementary School students, and 6th Grade Middle School students.
For the past 15 years I have adapted teaching methods and materials in these subjects to accommodate students who have special needs so they will be able to gain independence, and enjoy the confidence that comes with the successful completion of an assignment or social task.
I think it’s important for students to have a positive, confident attitude toward learning in general. I believe the point of teaching is to make subjects interesting, fun, and applicable to every day life. I want students to have a sense that they are equipped with the knowledge and technique to tackle any problems or difficulties they may encounter. This is an ongoing process that starts with creating a solid foundation and then following that up with explanations where the student understands the specifics within the learning sequence at every stage. This builds a strong structure for learning, and the student does not get left behind along the way at any point. I like to think that I am just part of this process, and enable students to discover new methods and ways of thinking about topics on their own, so they can eventually develop into competent, self-sufficient students in the future where, when faced with different challenges, they can find solutions that work for them and serve them well.
As a beginning teacher I taught third grade three years in a private school for boys and three years in a public school.
Since that time, I have had nine years of experience working with students on a one-to-one basis both online and in their homes. I am passionate about helping students to learn, and in this era of technology, I would like to teach online and continue to find the best ways that work for that medium.
For several years I taught students enrolled in an online school from second grade through tenth grade in Language Arts and Math. With this experience I know the learning path, so after an initial assessment of the student, I can see what areas a student might have missed out on, skipped over, or misunderstood and customize his or her learning to fit the instruction, books, or projects the student is required to learn at his present place in school.
I also half-homeschooled a seventh grade student enrolled in a public school, where I taught her Math and Language Arts at her home, and she was taught the other subjects at her school, so I am familiar with those curriculums and their requirements.
As an educational therapist I always consider the whole child and discover how each student learns so the lessons will be more meaningful and successful. Plus, I always include the element of fun and try to make learning as satisfying as possible for both the student and the teacher. Success and self-confidence go hand in hand.
My teaching certificate was active until December, 2006 when I relocated to California at that time.
Instead of renewing my teaching certificate I wanted to broaden my teaching experiences, and decided to get a Masters of Special Education with an emphasis in Educational Therapy at California State University, Northridge, 2007
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