Hello, my name is Gaylin. I am currently a Dyslexia Teacher with Fort Bend ISD. I have been a first and second-grade teacher also. I love what I do. I love to develop hands-on lessons with effective strategies to help my students grow and become independent learners. I have been a ELAR and Math tutor for kindergarten through fourth grade. I like to help my students develop ways to become independent thinkers. English Language Arts is my passion.
I am originally from Michigan, lived in Las Vegas for a few years, Dallas for 5 years and now call Rosenberg, Tx home. At this time, I am trying to become a "grill master," while building my garden
Thank you for taking the time to read my information and hopefully I can help your child reach new heights.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Child Development
Graduate Degree: University of Nevada-Las Vegas - Masters, Early Childhood Education
Cooking, some travel, garden
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel that everyone has the ability to learn many things that will enable them to have a much more fulfilling future. I enjoy unlocking knowledge within children.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to use the first session as a way to get to know each other and figure out where to get started on the future sessions. I like to see what materials are available, so that I can become more prepared moving forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am able to reinforce necessary skills to solve many academic problems. Then practice necessary skills with the children so that they can go on by themselves. My goal is help a child make different connections on their own.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Continue to practice, yet provide different strategies. The different approach may help the child find their niche.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would provide practice using small stories and comprehension questions. Then gradually extend the passages. I would bring in different comprehension questions and go over them first. This will help the student zero in on specific details as he or she reads.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find incorporating games, races, and challenges beneficial. Also when I work on a problem with the child, this is my way to help the child feel like they are not alone.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep a child motivated by focusing on their strengths and path for success. I like to help children feel intrinsic rewards.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe in incorporating academic skills and real-world practice in my tutoring sessions. I want children to understand how their academic success relates to the real world. I also incorporate games and challenges such as "Beat the Tutor" to help children feel excited.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I review lessons to make sure there is mastery. At times I revisit a previous skill, to make sure. I enjoy doing task card type activities that involve higher order thinking.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I acknowledge their abilities and help the child see their own strengths. When a child feels good, they do better. My first few visits are a way for me to get to know the student. Then I try to use materials and strategies that focus in on the student's strengths.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I tend to communicate with the parents and teachers of my students. I also try to stay abreast of what the students are working on at school. Because I work in a school, I am able to understand or consult with a colleague to make sure I am assessing a child's needs appropriately. I look at the pace of a child improving. I pay attention to their interests, visible excitement, and provide choices.