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Michael B.

Chesterton, IN

$30/hr

Experienced Substitute teacher, Creative professional, Author

Background check passed as of 10/30/13
Usually responds in about 3 days

Experienced Substitute teacher, Creative professional, Author

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I have been a Certified Substitute Teacher in IL for eight years and currently have an active, valid Teaching Certificate for all subjects K-12. To obtain my Certificate I had to pass background checks by the FBI and State of IL Police. I am now located in Indiana. My college education centered on Counseling Psychology. I did some graduate work in that area, and wrote a counseling book. I am very focused and capable in working one-on-one. I also am a freelance writer in areas of travel, how-to articles, and new inventions. I'm highly skilled in photojournalism having done travel articles and many how-to articles in home remodeling. I have also been employed professionally in the field of product photography. For over ten years I have done digital photography as well as written many magazine articles using photography for illustrations. My writing experience has been based upon my Census Bureau research and students find I am a great resource for research and developing papers. I have helped write Masters' theses. My son had an IEP for three years. My ex-wife was autistic, so I am familiar with these issues.

My writing has been published for 38 years. This includes two papers published in academic journals. These were in counseling psychology and women's studies. I have had 44 papers published since April, 2011. I have great experienced in developing paper ideas and students find I am very helpful in helping them to overcome the roadblocks of developing a paper topic and doing the necessary research. My writing was always in nonfiction and I have a great deal experience in explaining how things get done, and in guiding students toward study and completing their projects. I can travel throughout the Chicago area and NW Indiana.

Science:
Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology,
Sociology
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography,
Video Production
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Social Studies
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography,
Video Production
Business:
Economics,
Marketing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I am the author of several papers on American History. I am very familiar with how to read and understand history books, as well as do original research in the area. I know how to teach students to comprehend what they read, and apply that to answering questions or writing papers. I can teach students how to think clearly about the topic at hand, and how to write a paper that clearly expresses their thoughts.

Economics

I have a very broad background in economics. I took some courses in economics at the U. of Chicago and since then have done a great deal of research in the field, particularly in income, age, demographics, and so on. Economics must always use measurements, and I know where to find most of the research that is necessary. I can also teach students how to find papers published in the economics field in JSTOR. And I am very familiar with government sources of data sets. Economics is a fascinating subject and the student should learn how to derive numbers from ideas. I have published papers using economic data and analysis, specifically with groups of people.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been an active substitute teacher in IL for 8 years, certified to teach K-12 in all subjects. Often the students said I was the best teacher they ever had. I also studied learning theory and development as a Psychology Major at Loyola U. I have a B.S. degree in Psychology and wrote a Counseling book that was published, the title is "Choices and Decisions." So I have experience working with elementary students. Plus, I raised 3 children and helped them at home, so I am familiar with the issues of scheduling time for homework, completing papers, and taking time to study for tests. My two oldest have graduated college and have bachelor's degrees.

Elementary Math

I have worked for 8 years as a Substitute teacher, and have taught elementary math to young students in grade school. Also, I have raised three children and helped them with their homework during the school year. Students have always found my friendly way of explaining problems to be a help to them. I am also the author of a counseling book so I know how to work with young students.

Elementary Science

I have worked as a Substitute Teacher in grade schools for 8 years as well as high school. I have a very broad background in science and can explain concepts to grade school children very well. Children have always been happy with the way I take my time to explain things to them. I can also help students comprehend what they read, think clearly about the subject, and complete their homework or writing projects.

ESL/ESOL

I have been publishing my writing for 38 years so I have a great understanding of how to communicate using both written and spoken words. I am also the Author of a book on counseling, so I am very patient with my students and help them understand what may at first seem a challenge to them. I have raised three of my own children and look forward to helping students learn English, both the spoken and written word.

Marketing

I have been very successful at marketing. I studied marketing at the U. of Chicago. My work experience includes working at advertising agencies. I have published papers that include Marketing demographic data based on age, income, and population. I know how to research and write marketing proposals, as well as explain marketing concepts to students and help them complete their own marketing projects. I do this by assisting them in researching appropriate data they need to complete the project and their marketing class homework. I know both marketing theory, and how to research data to complete marketing homework for business courses. I successfully wrote a marketing proposal to Chrysler Corp. and had them sponsor a national racing team. I have taught marketing as a Sub teacher.

Photography

I have published my photos in magazines since 1975. I have knowledge of Photoshop. I have won a national award in Photography, the 1986 Moto Award for a book on Automotive Journalism (Monster Trucks). I have also been a paid professional for fashion models, products, and travel pieces.

Psychology

Psychology is perhaps my best subject. I majored in Psych in college and received almost straight As in all my classes. I did so well at Loyola U. I took graduate courses as a junior and senior, and starting writing a Psychology book on counseling as a senior, which was published. My experience also includes volunteering at Chicago's Chicago Read Mental Health Center. I am familiar with many areas in psychology and have read all the major works in the field. I am also the author of an academic paper published in psychology.

Reading

I am experienced in reading and have taught reading in grades K-12 as a substitute teacher. Since I am a published writer I also have great respect for the written word, and can teach students how to interpret and comprehend what they read, as well as pronounce the words properly. While reading it is important to stop and think about what the author was saying, and to place it in the context of what comes before and after. This helps the student to understand the larger context of what is being read.

SAT Reading

I have been a published writer/author for 38 years. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in grades K-12 for 7 years. This has given me a great deal of experience both with writing and teaching others how to read and write. There is no better way to learn how to read than to undertake the tedious chores of writing. I constantly try to learn new words, and use words in new ways. I am also always reading in many subjects, both in the social sciences and in hard sciences such as chemistry and biology. I am familiar with the challenges of reading, have raised three children myself and taught them how to read at home in order to complete their homework.

SAT Writing

I am a freelance writer/author of 38 years. I regularly have my work published in national online websites. I am the author of 12 books. I have a great deal of experience writing in many different topics. Two of my papers have been published by academic journals. This, combined with my experience as a Substitute Teacher, makes me a great choice for anyone needing tutoring for an SAT writing test. I would work with students to help them write their own sentences correctly.

Social Studies

In college I majored in Psychology and Sociology. Since then I have worked as a Substitute Teacher and have published writings in social studies. I can teach how to evaluate what is found in books and in academic journals, using JSTOR as an online source. I am very familiar and experienced with using Census Bureau data, American Community Survey data, and publications from institutions such as the Cata Inst, Brookings, Heritage Foundation, and numerous other online sources of studies that can be consulted and referenced for doing homework projects and larger projects such as a Master's Thesis. I know what kind of information is used in social studies, how to evaluate it, and how to use it effectively in classroom projects. It's important to convey to students a confidence in using available information to complete school projects at the high school and college level. My background in research and writing helps me teach these skills to students.

Sociology

I took enough courses in college to have a major in Sociology. And since then I have published papers in the general field of sociology, based on my research in demographics, economics, labor history, ethnic studies, urban studies, and women's issues. I would be able help anyone research papers, formulate a thesis, and find the information needed to prove either a theory or come to conclusions from research and statistical analysis, since I took statistics several times, in college in Psychology and later in economics.

Spelling

I have a great deal of experience in spelling since I have published my writing for 38 years. I can also teach students how to look up words on the internet or computer dictionary. Spelling can also be taught phonetically: pronouncing each syllable's sound helps to remember how to spell the word. I have also been a Substitute teacher for eight years and frequently talked about spelling to classes in English.

Video Production

I have produced one TV commercial using After Effects software. I owned a production trailer for location work and have a working, practical knowledge of lighting, managing location problems, hiring makeup artists, etc. I have also produced three music videos which were on local cable TV in the Chicago area for a year. These were in Hip Hop. I synced the audio to the performances of the artists and had to light the artists on location. The audio must be done in a studio first. I would shoot five locations, then sync the performance, cutting in after every second or two seconds of time. I also have a working knowledge of Zaxwerks software, as well as After Effects. I have special effects programs as well. I don't just know the programs or details, but I have practical knowledge of what works and what doesn't.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary refers to word use: what words are chosen in order to convey a thought, idea, or paint a picture. Some words have the power to convey feeling and emotion, while others are useful only as a factual reference. The student should learn when to choose words that are best suited to the task at hand. A large vocabulary means a large reference list of words. These must be understood in the context of how the contribute to what is being written. It's important to understand the goal of the written word: whether to persuade or simply convey an emotion or impression. The word used will then be chosen in the proper context.

Writing

Writing is my specialty. I have been published for 38 years and am now a continuous contributor to websites on social and political issues. I teach students how to think through what they intend to write, how to write the basic paper and then go back and edit. How to add hyperlinks, footnotes, etc. These are important in all writing, although they are most important in academic writing. The presentation of the subject, the structure of the argument, and the words chosen are all important aspects of writing. It's also important to make the writing interesting and include interesting information whenever possible.

Loyola U. of Chicago
Psychology
U. of Chicago
Other

Education

Loyola U. of Chicago (Psychology)

U. of Chicago (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Rate may be higher with more travel. Discount for multiple hour lessons. Group rates have a fifty percent discount.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Chesterton, IN 46304.


About Michael

I have been a Certified Substitute Teacher in IL for eight years and currently have an active, valid Teaching Certificate for all subjects K-12. To obtain my Certificate I had to pass background checks by the FBI and State of IL Police. I am now located in Indiana. My college education centered on Counseling Psychology. I did some graduate work in that area, and wrote a counseling book. I am very focused and capable in working one-on-one. I also am a freelance writer in areas of travel, how-to articles, and new inventions. I'm highly skilled in photojournalism having done travel articles and many how-to articles in home remodeling. I have also been employed professionally in the field of product photography. For over ten years I have done digital photography as well as written many magazine articles using photography for illustrations. My writing experience has been based upon my Census Bureau research and students find I am a great resource for research and developing papers. I have helped write Masters' theses. My son had an IEP for three years. My ex-wife was autistic, so I am familiar with these issues.

My writing has been published for 38 years. This includes two papers published in academic journals. These were in counseling psychology and women's studies. I have had 44 papers published since April, 2011. I have great experienced in developing paper ideas and students find I am very helpful in helping them to overcome the roadblocks of developing a paper topic and doing the necessary research. My writing was always in nonfiction and I have a great deal experience in explaining how things get done, and in guiding students toward study and completing their projects. I can travel throughout the Chicago area and NW Indiana.

Education

Loyola U. of Chicago
Psychology
U. of Chicago
Other

Education

Loyola U. of Chicago (Psychology)

U. of Chicago (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Rate may be higher with more travel. Discount for multiple hour lessons. Group rates have a fifty percent discount.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Chesterton, IN 46304

Michael’s Subjects

Science:
Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology,
Sociology
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography,
Video Production
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Social Studies
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography,
Video Production
Business:
Economics,
Marketing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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