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I am a writer, actor, musician and part-time polymath currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. I am proud to call myself a geek, meaning that I find many things, from history and anthropology to food and pop culture not merely cool or interesting but fascinating. It is this passion for a variety of topics that I can pass on to my students.
I always had an inclination toward teaching, but I started to teach in earnest when I took a summer job as the Nature specialist at the JCC New Haven day camp. I stood out because I taught the students what they wanted to learn, offering custom lessons. What's more, everyone knew I was always on call - if anyone at camp discovered a frog, a snake, or a bat, they knew that they could run to 'Nature Guy' and I could make a lesson out of it. I took a subject that kids had previously dreaded, and I made it something that they looked forward to every day.
My next experience teaching happened at college, where my storytelling class took me inside local elementary school classrooms doing workshops with the children there. We did this many times over the course of the semester, but my very favorite was the class leading up to Halloween. I led several stories, songs, and games with spooky themes, which also played into the teacher's reading and music curriculum. I also was able to lead workshops on theatre, folk music, and other subjects to my peers while at college.
Nowadays, I am teaching a theatre class for middle schoolers at Highland Charter School in Providence. I have enjoyed teaching everything from storytelling and theatre games to earth science and basic ecology, and I am grateful to WyzAnt for this unique platform to help me teach even more.
At college, I learned Hampshire's self-directed philosophy of teaching. Simply stated, people know what they want to learn about, and learn better when they are motivated from within. I brought this same philosophy to former teaching jobs of mine with great success. Even difficult subject matter is easier to teach and learn when the student can see the connection with one of their passions.
Creative thinking, just like critical thinking, is crucial for every discipline, and that goes for teaching as well as learning. Whether it means crossing the borders of traditional academic subjects, making use of new media, or tailoring lessons to a student's strongest learning style, I am excited to put my critical and creative talents to work for you. Thanks, and I hope to see you soon!
After learning to read and write at an early age and advancing quickly with books well beyond my grade level throughout elementary school, I have been a quick study at both reading and writing, with an intuitive grasp of grammar, and a keen ear for idioms. My study of Latin and history further informed my grasp of the language's roots in Roman, Germanic and Celtic precursors. I am fascinated constantly with the language, and I have been very successful in passing some of my skill along to others.
As part of my college coursework, my professor regularly took me into local elementary schools, where I planned and taught lessons in reading and storytelling. I was widely regarded for my ability to get students to engage with the material the class was reading, and my use of acting exercises deepened the students' comprehension markedly. Especially rewarding was the email I got from one especially pleased teacher, whose students asked her again and again "When is Mr. Josh coming back?"
In addition to beating 86% of high school seniors on the SAT while in 7th grade, I have a long history of literacy work. From helping my younger siblings learn to read to helping my high school classmates prepare for the infamous exam, I have many tips and tricks to help you conquer the reading portion of the SAT.
In addition to having had a great education in writing at Hampshire College, I was a resource for many of my friends at college who needed help on their projects and papers. I have written everything from essays and stories to poetry, newspaper articles, and plays.
My first job with WyzAnt was another college student who needed writing help.
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