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My basic view on education is that it is a privilege. It should be honored as such. However, that in no way means it cannot be fun! The more senses we engage, the more complex a memory we create, resulting in many more ways to access the contents of that memory. Every person has the ability to learn and the potential to become a well rounded, well educated member of society. And education is not limited to the classic classroom setting. Nor is it a one-way process from the 'teacher' to the 'student.' No one stops learning and teachers come in all shapes and forms (from people to situations, all of our experiences provide enlightenment), but the trick to this endless learning is to keep an open and flexible mind with only one set goal. That goal is to never stop learning. Structured education is a wonderful organizational asset, but the learning and growing happen at each person's own pace. Comparisons are not encouragement. Just as it is discouraging to learn someone is always better no matter how well one does, it is dangerous to compare and take success one has achieved for granted. Confidence is healthy, but not when it is defined by a set cause and effect system. And I am a strong believer that to see if one has mastered the material, one should take the time to try to teach it to someone else. The confidence, and the high GPA, will follow. I say 'GPA' instead of 'grade' because once one learns how to learn, it opens the mind up for learning across disciplines and subjects, not just a particular skill set.
I started kindergarten at the age of four and was in school, non stop, for two decades, sometimes working towards degrees but always focusing on gaining experience. Learning is my passion. I began tutoring in kindergarten and have never stopped. In high school I taught ESOL to the novice experience group. No two students shared a background or age, and one student was deaf. But once we established a foundation we could all understand, it became a fascinating learning experience. Social acceptance and development is also necessary at those young ages, and unfortunately often overlooked or looked over, depending on the participants and their level of participation. I always ended my lessons with a five minute lesson on what American teenagers highlighted in their culture. We discussed things like a 'high five' and a 'thumbs up' so these students had more than one way to try to integrate into their new student, and eventually cultural, lives.
Students with special needs, temporary to long term and visible or not, have one more layer of complexity to their student experiences. Basically, if there is a need, a method for managing it should be as unique. From teaching to tutoring to coaching to childcare to advising, the concept I have found to be common in all those approaches is that learning happens best when there is encouragement from the one providing the knowledge and willingness from the one seeking it. It is then that we maximize the efficacy of our time together, because we grow towards the same goal but with a plan as unique as the student him/herself.
Outside of striving for academic excellence, I also pursued photography, poetry, art, and reading...without working towards a grade! I am, quite proudly, quite a nerd, because I pursue both academia and 'real life' with the same curiosity. From having a coloring book about DNA replication and a framed graphic of what a peptide composed of the amino acids abbreviated by the letters of my name would be expected to look like to writing a book that has nothing to do with science. I did not get a perfect SAT score, but did find 67 mistakes in the book I used to prepare for it and sent the list to the editor. It is all about defining the lesson in every situation. This I learned from my personal experience, which ranges a full spectrum of setbacks to successes. Setbacks only become 'failures' (in the traditional sense of the word...I personally feel it is too definitive a label used too easily) if they are not turned into lessons and resources. From handling personal illness to family hardship to teacher incompatibility to being bullied and not always getting the grades I have striven for, I feel students need to hear that not everyone who is 'successful' in everyday life (Walt Disney's spectrum is hard for anyone to relate to) was born that way. The best way to teach that lesson is to freely admitting having to work through setbacks myself. Unfortunately that is not something taught in schools. This is why tutoring has such an advantage... it is a customized learning experience from a mentor who can take the opportunity to learn and work towards maximizing the tutee's potential. Also, working with a tutor does not imply one is a failure. If anything, that student is utilizing all resources possible and admitting that we can all learn something beyond what we are presented with. That is essentially the philosophy of being a student, is it not?
I understand this is verbose, but I could present you with my résumé at any time (which I will gladly provide as requested). Working with someone requires some common ground... even if it is just mutual respect. A list of facts and events would present my qualifications but it would not give you an idea of who I am or what I believe in. This way, if we do get in touch and establish a communication, we have common ground to move forward on.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about me. I hope the opportunity presents itself so that my past education and experience can be of some benefit to your particular needs, and that I may grow through what you require of me. Even if we do not establish a communication, please accept my best wishes in your endeavors and keep learning!
I grew up in a multi-lingual home. I am a native Gujarati speaker and learned to speak and understand Hindi using that knowledge, coupled with immersion into the language, and practiced starting at age four. I have also taught phrases and basic greetings using the English alphabet (also use for personal email and text messaging) to everyone from younger siblings to classmates to coworkers to my own seventh grade language arts teacher. Exposure not just to language, but personal experience, slang, and culturally acceptable uses and choices of words. Big fan of Indian music. :)
A hobby, but I took black and white photography in high school, which included use of manual SLR cameras, loading and developing film, dark room equipment and chemical use, and Photoshop with digital imaging and scanned images. I often had work selected for exhibits, and won a photography award at graduation. I enjoy traditional and abstract framing of shots and presenting a new point of view to engage the audience so that the intention of the photograph is clear, but there is also room for each viewer to customize the experience by it being open to interpretation.
I self-taught the American Sign Language alphabet as a child. When in college, I took three semesters of ASL from a professor who was deaf, to gain exposure to the culture of deaf and hard of hearing people as well as the language. I have experienced a TTY call and tutored ASL to classmates and those at earlier stages. I managed to communicate with deaf student clients at work. Hope to further studies and include in personal career development.
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