My Special Education and ESL teaching experiences prepared me for the classroom by fusing strategies that strengthen student's knowledge and academic skills. It's truly a team effort. Students succeed when effort is applied, and I get to provide the keys to help him/her succeed.
The ESL Teacher position helped me to seek first to understand then be understood. As a team, the teachers and myself examined weaknesses, and addressed them with a specific criteria for success. A few are noted.
**Collaborating with teachers by adapting lesson plans to meet the unique learning needs of the ELL, Sped., 504 and slow learner(s).
**Modeling reading, writing and thinking strategies in various subject matter.
**Working with individual students and small groups providing clarity in "how"
students can organize their thoughts and skills to meet teacher's expectation.
**Create fun, interactive lessons students enjoy participating in-it's a win-win strategy.
As an ESL Coach, the opportunity to collaborate with Administration and faculty gave me the opportunity to highlight and resolve many challenges teachers experience (from an administrative position). Working with the Principal, the Master Teachers and Content Teachers we collected data on successful teaching strategies and methodologies students thrived in. Then, developed steps to help train all the teachers for implementation of the strategies -this was conducted in weekly cluster meetings.
Teaching Spanish I & II was fun and exhilarating. I was able to bring an awareness, appreciation and respect for the unique contribution that the Spanish culture brought to the school, community and nation. The curriculum focused on the global impact of the culture's dialect/language, history (traditions, holidays, beliefs) and economics.
*I am certified in Special Education-Mild/Moderate
*Certification in ESL is pending 8/2021
*I speak Spanish-polite, I believe is the classification. I can communicate coursework information and communicate with most students & their families from Latin America. Working on my fluency.
Responsibilities: ESL Coach spends time working directly with teachers acting as a partner to improve instruction. This collaboration significantly increases academic achievement and State test scores.
*Develop: Positive and supportive relationships with classroom teachers, administrators, and staff through observations, demonstrations, and conferencing. Improving communication and expectations.
*Support: Classroom teachers addressing the learning challenges of ELL student. Help teachers from feeling overwhelmed by equipping them with specific strategies and skills that have immediate, positive impact on the ELL's comprehension, retention and application of information.
*Raise achievement: OF ELL's in every classroom. Simple changes in lessons plans can have impactful learning experiences.
*Monitor and Evaluate: Examine ELL assessment data determining improvements in instructional practice and student achievement.
*Responsibility: Taught Language of Math (8th/9th grade math) Intermediate ESL level. This equipped students for Algebra class
Responsibilities: Teaching Spanish I and II was exhilarating. Helping students increase appreciation and respect for cultural differences while gaining insight to dialect/language, traditions, economics, holidays, and religious beliefs of Spanish and Hispanic cultures was rewarding experience and a passion of mine.
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