I am currently a college English Professor, with a Master's in Adult Education. My past experience, however, includes Director of Literacy Volunteers, where I worked with students combating various learning differences that presented obstacles to advancement in their literacy goals. In working with these students, I saw the majority of them glow as they began to see advancement with their literacy goals. My educational philosophy is that every day is a new day and a new opportunity to excel. Although students need to learn and build on past experiences, I believe that what has happened in the past stays in the past. Students need to build on what they currently know in order to achieve a brighter future. My work with college English students has been similar. Many of them have had learning concerns (slow reading, difficulty in comprehending textbooks, grammar deficiencies) that have held them back from succeeding in the past.
I prefer an interactive, student-involved teaching method, one that helps students develop techniques and skills to succeed in life and not just for the particular test or project they are currently working with. I believe firmly that students learn best by doing....not just by reading or listening. To that end, most of my lessons are very hands-on and concrete.
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