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I introduce a subject and have the student work on it. I help and correct as needed.
I believe a student learns most by doing, by deliberately using information. After achieving an initial understanding, the fun of exploring a topic energizes a student to seek details, connections, and implications.
In History I show the context of where and when something happened, what led to it and then how it influenced future events. I emphasize analyzing cause and effect. I use dates and famous people to outline a subject before studying it, and to connect subjects later. I encourage memorizing main ideas, dates, and people to make the analysis easier. I encourage keeping notes and lists of secondary facts to use as finding aids when studying complex subjects.
I assign various study approaches such as answering questions, note taking, searching for and arranging facts and dates, summarizing, and hypothesizing. Materials to be studied include text books, encyclopedias, history books, literature, cartoons, art, editorials, and periodicals. I allow research on the web, but warn about its inaccuracies. I point out the more reliable resources, and methods for finding reliable information.
In writing about history I require using a brief outline and topic sentences. I encourage logical development of a paragraph and a variety of kinds of concluding sentences. I allow bullets and subtitles, for clarification. I have worked as a writer and mark grammar as well as historical accuracy.
My emphasis in college in US History was the history of ethnic and racial groups' fitting in and struggles. I also studied European History, Sociology, Political Science, Art History, and Urban Studies. In graduate school I studied labor relations, and relations with Canada and Latin America. In a course on the Third Reich I found connections to American and post-war history. Since graduate school I have read about the War Between the States, WWI, and WWII, as well as various other history subjects.
I am certified to Teach English and History in Mass, grades 5-12.
I have taught English and History two years, plus some as as a substitute.
My BA in History included courses in English and Education. My MA in History involved writing.
I have worked 4 years as a technical writer, and over 16 years as a records analyst/administrator where I did much administrative and legal writing.
In 2005, I took the introductory "Breadloaf" writing course.
As a teacher, technical writer, and administrative writer, I have often proofread. In some jobs I have fixed writing. As a teacher, I don't give the answer, but point out where and how to correct something. My aim is to have the student understand the grammar and style, so that it is easier to write the next time.
For organizing the information, I can present some strategies as fit the topics being worked on, then help the student apply them.
I took courses in 2000 and am a certified web designer. I use html, Dreamweaver, CSS, PhotoShop, and Acrobat. I have some experience with XML, but have not used it in web design. The pages I design are mostly to advertise and communicate, not for money transactions.
I emphasize being able to find what you are looking for. This requires visual layout and some meta tags. Visual layout requires logic, standard locations, illustrations, and user friendly colors. Sometimes I use CSS to make fonts communicate more, and so that visited links are easy to track. I use a test from godaddy.com to verify the words used in meta tags. They need to correspond to the content of the visible page, and to be what search engines are looking for.
SUNY Albany (Master's)
U Mass/Boston (Graduate Coursework)
Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00
Cancellation: 6 hours notice required
Brian will travel within 15 miles of Lawrence, MA 01841.
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