I look forward to enriching and helping children and adults of all ages in Language Arts. This includes reading, reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and public speaking. I was a Speech Pathologist for thirty years working with individuals and in the classroom. I no longer work in that field but in tutoring Language Arts. I received my Masters of Science degree in 1976 and Bachelors Degree in 1975, both in Speech Pathology at Illinois State University and Western Illinois University respectively. I have taken courses in Sociology-Anthropology, Psychology, and American Sign Language. I have helped Spanish speaking students learning English. My goal is to tutor in all facets of Language Arts. I teach with flexibility of strategies, am honest, and truly care for each individual I work with.
Jo Ann’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Illinois University - Bachelors, Speech Pathology
Graduate Degree: Illinois State University - Masters, Speech Pathology
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
American Sign Language
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I teach with flexibility and try various strategies, as I believe students learn by various methods and at individual rates. I am honest and help in any way that I can.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will consult with the individual or parents on what is currently happening with the student at school and during homework. I will do an informal assessment of the individuals needs. I will report my opinions to all involved. I will ask what area is most important to begin and the student's goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To be an independent learner, a student must have a method of learning that he/she is comfortable with. Teaching strategies, as well as practice, is very important.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students will be motivated by verbal encouragement and positive comments. Many will have a pictorial of their learning, such as graphs or percents. I provide some material rewards which may be simple or an item useful to learning. A smile can be a fantastic help.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will use examples and training methods that have worked with others in the past. Combining strategies or generating a new or creative means of presenting the difficult concept. I am very patient.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I must see what level the student is at and his knowledge of phonics, sight words, paragraph reading, or sentence comprehension. I teach a method that will be at his level and may use visual or verbal prompts. I will bring vocabulary, spelling, and grammar into the sessions for trial instruction and some drill work. I will leave practice work.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that the use of visual cues, written prompts, and nonverbal and verbal cues work with many students.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will motivate by research so that I can present interesting points for the topic and visuals if possible. I'd teach on how to explore topics and present my motivational supports.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It is ideal to have a student repeat a procedure and have him/her relay the information back to me. I will go over distinct steps or points for the student to follow, written and verbal.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will present the first sessions with simple explanations in the learning mode that best suits him. I will introduce my motivational techniques and some fun activities.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
If there are test scores or homework that the student can present to me, I will be able to see previous work and areas of concern. I also use the first session to informally evaluate his skills. I get a baseline of skills and find a way he learns best!
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will begin at a level that he is the most successful and encourage ways to learn that motivate or capture his interests. I present various methods.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use visual pictures, words that are printed, and printed questions and statements. I use semantic relationships or word meanings either pictorial or written. I use everyday experiences and sentence strips or journals/story formats.