I have a license to teach Social Studies Grades 7-12. I have taught Social Studies in the NYC school system on the junior high school and high school level, and have prepared students in high school for the Regents in American History and Global Studies. I have tutored expository writing to students at Queens College, and as an instructional assistant to a history professor at Baruch College, CUNY have improved the essay writing of students whose first language was not English. I have tutored reading and writing to all ages, from the second grade through the adult years. I have tutored at WyzAnt about 200 hours and have achieved an outstanding rating of 4.91 out of 5.
I provide practice on past standardized tests, such as the English Language Arts Test, but I also work with the student in writing about subjects that interest him or her. The student learns that writing is a means of communication, expression, and thinking. I work to move the student to express emotion and include sense experience in his or her writing. I teach all kinds of writing, especially the personal narrative story form and the persuasive form. I teach students how to organize their writing simply, to make a point and to support it, and to recognize the organization of writing when they read. The student learns to differentiate important from less important text and to see how each part of an essay or story contributes to the whole. This consciousness of organization in writing helps the student in his reading in all subjects. I have tutored the literary elements as well and will show the student how characterization, conflict, setting, and point of view contribute to a work of literature. I have experience tutoring the English Regents and the English Language Arts examinations, as well as the ACT.
I have a Master of Arts from Queens College, and a Master of Philosophy from the Grad Center CUNY in History, and have completed a good deal of Doctoral Studies work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, particularly in the subject of modern European History. I have conversed in writing with practicing historians in the United States, France, Britain, and Israel.
I have a certificate to teach Social Studies to Students with Disabilities. I have taken a good deal of special education courses on the graduate level at Queens College, and am trained to develop lessons that focus on student strengths in learning style. I can develop lessons for a kinesthetic, auditory, visual/spatial, or verbally oriented learner. I excelled in a course in Behavior Analysis, which through observation studies the function of student behavior, and decides on appropriate interventions to improve behavior, in order to ensure student is on task and learning. I have experience teaching students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.
I take great efforts to show the parents of the students what I do and how the students are progressing in the work I provide. I find a means to challenge the student without frustrating him or her, and I make the lessons lively and fun.
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