My Qualifications and Experience:
I am an experienced teacher. I’ve taught primary school from Grade 1 to Grade 6. I’ve taught all levels of secondary school and also in post-secondary vocational colleges. I’ve taught in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. My specialist area is language acquisition and development. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Diploma of Business. I undertook these qualifications at University of Melbourne and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
I frequently post to my Facebook page under Mary Keating. Many posts are on educational matters.
All parents of primary or elementary school children want to help them with their home learning, literacy and maths. There are reading and writing materials for every grade level of elementary school (USA) and primary school (Australia and UK). I have uploaded some mathematics materials and this is ongoing.
I use these language and maths items on a regular basis as a home tutor and I know they have driven up the literacy and numeracy skills of my students. Learning materials available here are all based on Australian curriculum objectives. The settings of much of the reading material is Australia and sometimes country locations. I am offering these items for use by parents and others with an interest in children’s reading, writing and maths. Most of the early reading matter is based on and around certain vocabulary or spelling patterns.
All materials on my site are designed for one-to-one teaching. The parent or teacher can use these materials for reading, conversations and direct instruction.
The literacy learning materials offer extended text reading that a student does not always get in today’s busy classrooms. These literacy items range from one page (Prep and Grade 1) to six pages in length for Upper Primary (Elementary) School. Most are three to four pages. They are in 16pt. Many have a picture or diagram. The emphasis, is on the printed word, however. It is not on “reading pictures”.
Software learning programs have a place in learning but so also does individual teaching and one can’t replace the other completely. Each item is designed for downloading and printing but many of them can be used online. It just means the student writes the answer in a notebook rather than on the printed page.
Welcome to my website. Questions and discussion are always welcome on my Facebook page under Mary Keating.