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Tutoring and Homeschool Support

 

 Your child is unique, so your child’s education should be as well.  My tutoring methodology utilizes each child’s strengths and interests to build individualized lessons that result in success in the class and with standardized testing.

Free Learning Assessment

Each of my students begins with a complimentary learning assessment.  This allows me to better understand his or her skills, interests, and learning styles.  It also gives the student, and the parents, an opportunity to get to know me.  Choosing the right tutor for you child is an important decision, and I want to make sure that everyone is confident that your child’s education is in the right hands.  You’ll receive a written copy of my assessment, which will include a proposed learning plan tailored to your child’s needs.

Private Tutoring

Private tutoring sessions provide highly personalized learning experiences that will boost confidence through fun and success.

Group Tutoring

Group sessions can be effective for students with similar goals. Instruction is differentiated for individual students. Group sessions allow students to focus on communication skills, such as clear presentation of ideas, building on the ideas of others, and working productively with others.

Homeschool Support

I offer direct instruction of your child and/or the creation or modification of curricula to meet his or her needs. Please contact me to discuss your situation and requirements.

In-Person Locations

I am conveniently located in central Palm Beach County, Florida for in-person tutoring. Sessions can be held at your home or at an agreed upon location, such as a public library. I serve the following areas:

Boca Raton | Boynton Beach | Delray Beach | Gulfstream | Hypoluxo | Lake Worth | Lantana | Ocean Ridge | Palm Beach | Wellington | West Palm Beach

Virtual Sessions

For my remote students, or for those who travel, I offer virtual tutoring using Skype.

Rates

Private Session $50 per hour
Group Session (2 students) $40 per hour (per student)
Group Session (3 students) $35 per hour (per student)
Group Session (4 students) $30 per hour (per student)
Homeschool Support please contact me

Academic Program

My academic program includes the key areas of literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science.  By blending effective teaching strategies with each student’s strengths and interests, I am able to design a personalized learning experience that keeps the student motivated and wanting to learn.  Below are examples of the many strategies that I incorporate into my teaching.

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Literacy

Reading, writing, and word study are interrelated, so I include all three.  When a student improves in one area, they will improve in all.

Examples of strategies I use to teach reading:

  • Interactive Read-Alouds.  Reading aloud to students with intermittent discussions to demonstrate thinking about the text.
  • Shared Reading.  The student and I read together to practice decoding and comprehension strategies.
  • Guided Reading.  One-on-one or small group reading lesson.
  • Genre Studies.  In-depth study of specific types of texts (e.g., realistic fiction, informational).  Usually these are connected with a writing lesson.
  • Vocabulary Development.  Selecting useful vocabulary words to use in written responses to reading, and in discussions about text.
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills.  Going beyond knowledge questions to analyze and synthesize information from texts.
  • Standardized Test Strategies.  Specific strategies to use during standardized tests, such as the FSA.
  • Technology.  Use of computer software to demonstrate comprehension of texts.

Examples of strategies I use to teach writing:

  • Interactive Writing.  The student and I write together to practice word choice, spelling, and grammar.
  • Guided Writing.  One-on-one or small group lessons that work on characteristics of writing and the use of grammar.
  • The Writing Process.  The use of a process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to complete writing projects.
  • Mentor Texts.  The use of texts that demonstrate certain characteristics of writing to use as models.
  • Grammar Study Integrated with Writing.  Searching for the use of grammar structures within authentic texts and explaining their purpose.
  • Genre Studies.  In-depth study of specific types of texts (e.g., narrative, informational).  Usually, these are connected with a reading unit.
  • Standardized Test Strategies.  Specific strategies to use during standardized tests, such as the FSA.
  • Vocabulary Development.  Using effective vocabulary in writing to best express ideas for specific purposes.
  • Technology.  Use of software applications to generate ideas, expand on ideas, and record ideas.

Examples of strategies I use to teach words study.

  • Developmental Sequence.  Knowledge of spelling patterns follows a sequence that makes it possible to determine a level to begin instruction and next steps in spelling growth.
  • Clear Explanation of Spelling Patterns.  Clear statements to describe specific spelling patterns.
  • Games.  Fun activities to gain experience with specific spelling patterns.
  • Vocabulary Development.  The selection of specific word sorts, games, and other activities to increase vocabulary.
Mathematics

Math instruction should be active, relevant to the real-world, and fun.  My students begin to understand the connections between numbers and operations as they actively create their own understanding of how mathematical concepts are related to each other and to the world around them.

Examples of strategies I use to teach math:

  • Hands-on Learning.  Math manipulatives are used to demonstrate concepts for deeper understanding.
  • Real-world Applications of Mathematical Principles.  Concepts are applied to everyday situations, so that the usefulness of the concepts is emphasized.
  • Focus on Communication of Problem Solving.  The explanation of how problems are solved, so that there is clear understanding of the concept.
  • Focus on Creative Problem Solving.  The solving of problems with multiple solutions, and multiple ways to solve the problem with evaluation of the effectiveness of different types of solutions.
  • Technology.  Use of software applications, such as Excel, to process data and create graphs.
  • Higher-Order Thinking Skills.  Going beyond knowledge level questions to analyze complex, multi-stepped problems.
  • Projects.  Investigations to integrate mathematical concepts with real-world applications.
Social Studies

Social studies instruction should be engaging and related to students’ communities.  My students analyze information and synthesize it, using their own background knowledge, to form their understandings, and learn how to effectively communicate what they have learned.

Examples of strategies I use to teach social studies:

  • Integrated with Literacy and Math.  Literacy and math skills are reinforced when learning social studies concepts.
  • Projects.  Investigations to delve deeper into social studies concepts.
  • Vocabulary Development.  Selecting content vocabulary words to use in written responses and discussions.
  • Technology.  Use of software applications to analyze and synthesize information.
Science

I believe that science instruction should be based on investigation.  I focus on teach students how to effectively process information using learning strategies and how to communicate scientific knowledge using content vocabulary.  Students use hands-on experiences and research to develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts.  This information is processed using higher-order thinking strategies such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Examples of strategies I use to teach science:

  • Integrated with literacy and math.  Literacy and math skills are reinforced when learning science concepts.
  • Hands-on Experiments.  Active experiences to demonstrate scientific concepts.
  • Projects.  Investigations to delve deeper into science concepts.
  • Vocabulary Development.  Selecting content vocabulary words to use in written responses and in discussions.
  • Technology.  Use of software applications to analyze and synthesize information.