I am a Massachusetts-certified special education teacher. I am Orton-Gillingham certified at the Teacher level through an IMSLEC-accredited program. I tutor exclusively online and primarily work with students between 4th and 8th grade.
> 10 years
This course meets 2x/week. The Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach is the foundation for many successful reading instruction methods, including Wilson Reading, Fundations, Barton, and Sonday. However, OG is not a curriculum. I tailor each lesson to the individual student by identifying the next skill they need to learn and practicing and reinforcing it until it is mastered. This is what’s known as a “systematic and cumulative” approach and it’s part of what makes OG reading tutoring so successful. Because it’s not a packaged curriculum, I can use OG principles to teach beginning readers who are still learning letter sounds, as well as to help older learners fill gaps in their phonics knowledge and develop strong vocabulary and spelling skills. OG’s diagnostic approach means I am always assessing students’ skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and adjusting instruction as needed to reinforce concepts or fill gaps.
Sep 8th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020
I help students (Grades 5 through high school) improve their reading comprehension and academic writing. I work with students to develop processes for close reading, annotating text, and answering text-based questions thoughtfully and with detail. By using specific structures for note-taking and writing, students acquire a set of skills they can use in any content area, which will continue to grow with them through middle school, high school and into higher education.
Sep 8th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020
I make the academic writing process more transparent and less stressful for students. I help them overcome overwhelm, disorganization and confusion about writing for school by teaching them to make and follow a straightforward plan. I teach writing using the Self-Regulated Strategy Development approach (SRSD), which is a process of teaching students a variety of structures for different types of writing, then walking them through those structures with increasing independence until they can select, plan and execute that writing on their own. I focus on writing at the paragraph level because even a 300-page book is just a series of paragraphs. Paragraphs are the building blocks of good writing. In this small group, students will meet twice a week for 6 weeks. In class, I will model how to find important information in a selection of text, develop a thesis statement, organize information into a writing plan and compose, revise and edit a detailed paragraph that answers a specific question or prompt. Homework between sessions may consist of reading articles, turning notes into a writing plan or composing a draft from a written plan. This course will only be offered if a minimum of 3 same-grade students register.
Sep 8th 2020 - Oct 17th 2020