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I have an undergraduate degree from Columbia University with a BA in History. I have JD from Brooklyn Law School, having completed law school and passed the bar exam in New York. I have two teaching certificates: 1- A Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in Elementary Education in New Jersey 2- A Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in Social Studies.
I have over five years of tutoring experience. I have tutored students from kindergarten through seven grade. I have tutored children who can't read yet and those who are in accelerated gifted programs. I also have experience in the classroom environment. I have taught reading and writing to a class of multi-aged students. I have also taught adult ESL students in multiple classes at a language school in New Jersey. I devised my own curriculum that revolved around teaching American history and culture as a discussion base for intermediate and advanced speaking and conversation classes.
Reading and Writing (K-8) Using non-fiction children's books and creative projects, my lessons are personalized for each individual student to match their ability and help them grow to the next level. Students are encouraged to read aloud to promote pronunciation, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Reading is followed by a writing assignment or creative project focusing on the themes of the book. My students and I read, discuss and write about books on many different subjects. Here is a small sample: space, the Fibonacci sequence, skyscrapers, jellyfish, Komodo dragons, Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, hawks in Central Park, the Winter Solstice, the "chocolate pilot" of the Berlin airlift, and diver Sammy Lee (the first Asian-American to win a U.S. Olympic Gold Medal). Writing projects include everything from creative writing to standardized essay formats found on the NJASK. Focus on structure, grammar, vocabulary and spelling as well as expressing ideas clearly and writing persuasively.
Enrichment Projects Using Critical Thinking. For children whose minds need stimulation beyond what is offered in school. Learn how to evaluate data, evaluate text, analyze facts, and synthesize information. Think well and think creatively. Creative projects allow kids to research a subject and tackle a large scale undertaking. For Example: Read about New York City and what makes a city function well. Become an urban planner and designer: create a city map and build the tallest skyscraper you can with the materials provided. Learn about Muppet creator Jim Henson and explore the art of storytelling and puppet making: create a character, give your puppet personality traits and writing a script for a show. Art lessons combine Art History and artist biographies with hands-on projects. Read and discuss books about famous artists and their work; then create your own art in their style.
ESL and English Language for Adults or Children I specialize in speech, conversation, and American culture. I also teaching writing and grammar separately or as part of the other lessons. I have been a private tutor for many years and also taught classes of 10-15 adults in a language school. I have been working closely with members of the Korean community for several years. I have also tutored students from Russia, Ukraine, Japan, and South America. ESL American History Lessons for Adults or Children Learn about American history, culture, geography, government, politics and the legal system. We will cover the basic history that every American public school student learns over the years plus even more interesting facts. For intermediate students and above. Our basic textbook will be America's Story. Books can be purchased for your own use. (Ask me for details). I will provide all additional materials.
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