My Teaching Philosophy
I firmly believe that anyone can learn to write if given the proper encouragement and atmosphere. Consequently, I work hard to create a dynamic environment in which your son or daughter can receive creative help, utilize their own inherent abilities and discover how skills learned in composition apply to their overall education and lives beyond college.
We are all natural storytellers, and earning how to write an effective essay
is a matter of honing this ability for the classroom and beyond. I begin the process by using brainstorming exercises, word play on paper, and careful study of how other writers—-both professional and college-level-—craft a well-written essay. Student writers, I find, are often afraid to “get it wrong” or make mistakes on their first try. Through brainstorming and free writing
, I show that it’s okay to create sentences, paragraphs and essays that have potential, and that a first draft is the groundwork on which to build a successful essay. One of my fundamental goals is to teach students how to use their inherent talents to become better writers, while also developing an appreciation for the craft.
Teaching must be matched with a student’s learning style, not learning matched to the teaching style. Thus, I keep my approach as flexible, varied and as individual as possible. In my view, there is no such thing as a bad question, and every question is an opening for new learning opportunities.
My students come from diverse social, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. They are American citizens, as well as immigrants from Eastern and Northern Europe, Russia, Asia, Mexico, and Central and South America. They have a wealth of experience that deserves my respect. Therefore, part of my job is to help them build on their extensive body of knowledge and develop strong abilities in new areas. I continually emphasize that what each student has to say is important. Regardless of our backgrounds, we all have a voice, and what we have to say matters. My aim is to teach students how to better express their ideas through the written word. Empowerment is key to motivation, and I am there to open up new possibilities.
I value my students and want to be sure they understand I am there for them.