I'm a 26-year-old, baseball enthusiast, Orton-Gillingham certified educator pursuing a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I've been teaching kids ages 8-18 for over ten years on how to read and write and I intend to make it my lifelong endeavor to continue. I would like to mainly focus on the dyslexic population, as it is widely misunderstood or poorly studied. I will become IMSLEC and ALTA certified within the next two years and I couldn't be happier.
Being right was largely a matter of explanations. Intellectual man has become an explaining creature. Fathers to children, wives to husbands, lecturers to listeners, experts to laymen, colleagues to colleagues, doctors to patients, man to his own soul, explained. The roots of this, the causes of the other, the source of events, the history, the structure, the reasons why. For the most part, in one ear out the other. The soul wanted what it wanted. It had its own natural knowledge.
Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Saul Bellow
It would help most students, not just those who have dyslexia, if we were asked these questions. Such an approach would provide more accurate test results than filling in the circles next to A, B or C.
Good to know I’m asking these questions to my kiddos!
Just recently I acquired a new dyslexic student to privately tutor. He is still a little timid and is in the fifth grade. Thankfully the school and his mother are aware of his diagnosis, however, I don’t think the school really knows how to help his dyslexia. This is why I am here to help.
In addition to tutoring dyslexics, I was in recent contact with a parent of a former student. She’d inquired about the tutoring I have been doing as of late and there is potential in working with her son again. I would be very happy to work this out but I’m not getting my hopes up because I know she and her husband paid a lot of money in tuition fees at the center I used to work at. Money is tight these days, however, if she takes in consideration how well her son worked under my instruction she may want to set something up for the upcoming new year.
This is also has to do with tutoring but not with dyslexics. I will be coming in twice a week at two public schools in Milwaukee. One is Elm Creative Arts and the other is Robert LaFollette Elementary. The kids I will be working with all need reading intervention. Being at these schools familiarize me with RTI.
Last but not least, next semester I am taking an Independent Study in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. The Independent Study will consist of me writing a lit review of studies and information I research over the semester regarding brain scans and activity in dyslexic youth. I am very much looking forward to it.
All-in-all, things are looking up. My biggest goal of the semester is to finish the semester with As and make the Dean’s List. It would be a good way to break through my first year of graduate school.