Barbara Berlin is a highly qualified educator and private tutor who earned her degrees from Harvard and Wilmington College in social anthropology and elementary education. Most recently, Barbara earned a Graduate Certificate in Professional Teaching Standards from George Washington University. She continues to take math and reading courses, attend professional conferences, and read professional journals.
With nearly 20 years of classroom teaching experience in Baltimore City, Howard County, and Montgomery County, Maryland, Barbara specializes in Reading/Language Arts and mathematics instruction in the middle grades, and takes a special interest in integrating technology into her program. As a follower of Jonathan Saphier’s The Skillful Teacher, Research for Better Teaching, and Fred Jones’s Tools for Teaching, and Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion, Barbara uses a broad repertoire of teaching and management strategies in her classroom to create a learning environment where children feel safe and roadblocks to learning are overcome. Committed to her own professional development, Barbara has completed several courses in reading instruction, technology application in the classroom, and she participated in system-wide focus groups regarding mathematics instruction and teaching critical thinking skills.
Barbara takes great pride in modifying and adapting instruction so all of her students can achieve. She believes all students can become lifelong learners and effective problem solvers. By using a variety of instructional practices such as discourse, collaboration among students, the use of technology, and explicit and direct instruction, Barbara’s students learn to use higher order thinking skills to become critical thinkers. As a result of these approaches, Barbara’s instruction is engaging and motivating for all of her students. Barbara successfully works with a variety of students with educational challenges such as vision impairment, ADHD, and students with a range of physical and learning disabilities. She develops essential relationships with students and their families that create a safe, risk-taking environment that promotes success for all learners.
In her spare time, Barbara enjoys reading, watching films, cooking, gardening, listening to music, and practicing yoga.