Learning Beyond the Classroom
Tutoring all subjects thru 8th grade
Behavioral Mods (Home/School)
Instruction (1-1 or Small Groups)
Social Skills Training
Wilson Reading Program
I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Film, and went on to run a successful post-production company. I think as much as teaching continued to appeal to me throughout the years, my daughter being diagnosed with global developmental delays and severe hypotonia, pushed me closer to that reality. It still took quite a number of years before I closed my company and graduated from Long Island University with a 4.0 G.P.A., and a dual Master's Degree in General/Special Education.
I have worked in several districts on Long Island and in Queens. I have taught all subjects, including math and intensive writing methods through 8th grade. The student population that I have had the pleasure of working with has been very diverse academically and socially. Working with students that were on the spectrum, gave me one of my biggest rewards. Teaching social skills, and responsibility through behavioral modifications, to empower my students to feel like they belonged in a general education classroom, was a true joy. Working with students with attention deficit disorder, while teaching them organizational/study skills was another area that I felt strongly connected to. Assisting parents with their rights through the IEP process, has been another way that my own experiences have helped shed some light on an often difficult and stressful process. I also have recently added the Wilson Reading Program as another tool to benefit students with reading limitations (including dyslexia).
A foundational concept for my teaching style is to maintain self-awareness, and to always be willing and open to change. Teaching should not only be from teacher to student, but student to teacher as well.
Creating more success
The following is a quote from Rachel Naomi Remen: “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.”
This is a very interesting and provocative statement, especially during these stressful times we live in. The first thought that comes to my mind when I think of listening is “I can hear quite well and thank you for asking, but I don’t need any help in this area.”
Many of us believe that to hear and to listen are virtually the same thing, but hearing or signing are only a small part of the process. We need to be ready to listen, with especially “tuning” into the other person and silencing our own “noisy” thoughts from getting in the way.
How many times have you been supposedly listening to someone, but you are thinking about a clever reply or judging that person before he or she even finishes the thought? To truly listen to someone else is to focus on that person, without our electronics in our hands and face that person, so he or she understands that you are ready to absorb the information spoken.
The following are a few tips to help you become a more engaged or active listener, which incorporates and grasps any information shared:
Quiet your mind by visualizing a blank slate
Turn your body and make eye contact with the speaker
If you find yourself getting lost or confused, ask the speaker to clarify
Don’t judge the speaker, as he or she is sharing information
Watch the speaker for signs of non-verbal communication, so you might
understand if he or she is sad or angry while speaking
Paraphrase the message given before you respond to ensure complete
Most importantly before you reply, take a breath, be respectful, and
pretend you are responding to yourself
The basic concept behind all of this is to treat the other person the exact same way you need, want, and expect to be regarded. This will go a long way to establishing a more productive and efficient way of communication between all of us. If we just stop and listen once in a while, we might discover and learn something new every day.
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Long Island, New York