I am Cristen M. I have been teaching English, Writing, Literature and Reading in the higher education sector for five years. I have a Master of Arts Degree in English from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I have previously worked as a full-time print journalist with the Gannett company, the same company that owns USA Today. Assisting individuals with writing and reading skills is my passion. Concerning my tutoring and instructional methods, I believe in creating an environment that encourages each student to call upon their creative energy and makes them comfortable with doing that. Each student that enters my classroom will be instantly engaged with passion that permeates from several places. It comes from my years of experience as a published writer and research scholar, from them being exposed to cooperative learning activities and benefit from the knowledge given through other students’ presentations and it comes ultimately from within themselves as they begin to improve their own analytical, metacognitive and composition skills. I constantly explore new ways to bring the subject matter to life for my students. An individual who works with me will notice hands-on, interactive learning taking place through discussions and/or activities upon moments of arriving in the room. Students expect and deserve to be engaged. Many times in the twenty first century this involves moving beyond traditional instructional methodologies such as lecturing. Electronically based discussion groups, typed practice assignments with answers that evolve from small group discussions or competitive games that allow students the opportunity to get out of their seats and feel a sense of success and accomplishment are few among the many things that I incorporate in my teaching style.
I teach to engage. It is my privilege and responsibility as an instructor to cultivate and nourish the minds of intelligent and disciplined, yet free and independent thinkers. As a student, I thrived in classes where instructors allowed me to have the opportunity to be actively involved with the information that benefited my education. Using this method of engagement and allowing students to see my beliefs about their ability to excel in the subject is how I now gain the confidence of my students.
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