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William F.

Social Studies, History, Arithmetic, and Algebra I.

Arlington, VA (22205)

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Dear Potential Student,

I am just entering the education field as a primary focus. As you will note from below, I do have some background for it.

As the son of a college assistant professor and a school teacher, I was raised in a household where education was important. Mathematics was not an easy subject for my sister, and my parents understood that she had tried her best. So they obtained a tutor for her, and she learned enough to pass the class.

When my mother went back to work, I was not only a student but an apprentice and consultant on teaching methods. Again, I became aware of how to teach and to learn.

In my government career, I coached six trainees in COBOL programming on the Unisys mainframe. When I coached, much like tutoring, I searched for the impediments to the trainees learning certain concepts. Sometimes, it was as simple as not turning a page of an open book quiz. For others, basic writing or communication skills were weak.

Elementary arithmetic and basic algebra came easy to me, so I can certainly help there. My first love, though, is social studies and history. By learning what people have done before, we can learn how to not repeat past bad methods of problem solving and innovate new ones.

If you need help in becoming more socially adroit in dancing, I can teach you some basic ballroom dancing steps to the Cha-Cha, East Coast Swing (Jitterbug), Polka, Rhumba, and Waltz.

I am a reader of many subjects, fiction and non-fiction. If you need help in reading, I can assist there. If learning how to research for papers is an issue, I can help you both on and off the Internet. It is amazing what poor writing I have seen at all levels of government official and non-official communications. And you would not believe in the amount of misspelling! If you need help both in English or getting your thoughts on paper, I can help you.

Although I never mastered any foreign language or sign language well, I did learn what it takes to communicate. My hearing disability forced me to concentrate on communication. Most people either are unaware of my hearing problem or tend to forget about it. Communicating on my trip around the world taught me where words are to be spoken. In most places, words are formed in the front portion of the mouth, as it Chinese or Spanish. In northern Europe, the language is spoken more from the back of the mouth, like German or English. When I grew up, I learned about lip reading. Thus, I can help a student improve his pronunciation words and enunciation of sounds.

I am what some call a "generalist". I like to be adaptable to many situations, although I seldom admit to mastery of any. (Yes, I did end up doing COBOL for four decades and may know that subject well. My work was on the Unisys mainframe and not on the IBM. I can teach it as a language tool.)

As you can see by my background, I find life interesting. Having an education opens doors that otherwise remain harder to open. When I went into computer programming, logic skills proved quite necessary for a program to work correctly. The lack of common sense does not mean that a reasonable approximation through mental logic can produce a good response. Each person is uniquely gifted from below average intelligence to genius. I try to find strengths in the individual that can be capitalized on to develop weaknesses into at least passable abilities. Teaching involves the whole person, emotions as well as intellect. Learning is, after all, fun!

Now, how can I help you get where you want to go?

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William’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
GED
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Computer:
COBOL, Microsoft Word
Math:
Logic, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Ballroom Dancing

At some point in my life from elementary school on, I have taken lessons or otherwise learned on the following dances: American Waltz, Argentine Tango, Cha-Cha, Clogging, Disco (generic), East Coast Swing, Fox Trot, Hot Potato, Jitterbug, Line Dancing (including the Electric Slide), Modern, Polka, Rhumba, Salsa, Tap, Texas Two-Step, Twist, Viennese Waltz, and West Coast Swing. Of them, I am most comfortable with American Waltz, Cha-Cha, East Coast Swing, Polka, Rhumba, and Viennese Waltz. All of this latter group is considered a form of Ballroom Dancing.

Most of the dances were part of the Department of Recreation classes in Arlington County. I did attend Cotillion for a couple of years in high school, where I learned the Cha-Cha, Fox Trot, Polka, and Viennese Waltz. A Modern Dance class was taken in college. The Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Salsa, and Texas Two-Step were first taken in the last few years through the sponsorship of Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) at work.

I am currently dancing with the seniors in Arlington County.

COBOL

I studied COBOL at the Institute for Modern Procedures in 1970. Half of my application programs were in COBOL on the Control Data Corporation (CDC) mainframe during 1971-82. All of my application programs on the UNIVAC/Unisys mainframe. I coached six trainees in COBOL at my government job. My programs were noted for their sophistication, quality, and reliability.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have only had one graduate course in education, but I have received an MPA degree.

I coached six trainees while working for the government. One of my trainees seemed to take the obvious path to preparation. I tested his thoroughness by selecting a two-page chapter and making it an open-book test. He told me what was on the first page but nothing on the obverse page. He had not studied the material nor showed any curiosity to flip the page.

My parents were teachers; and I was a student, apprentice, and consultant to my mother, when she returned to teaching. She would ask what or how to deal with a student in her Home Economics class.

Later, my mother became an art museum docent. She had no background in art, but she knew children. She found that they usually were not so expert that she could still help them experience art. (Actually, she did learn an awful lot about art on the adult level.) She taught the children (and me, too), to look for particular things in a specific picture.

This is the age period that has children exploring their world outside of the family. What is contained there? How do we communicate what we see and experience there? The school subjects reflect that to ease the learning about life. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing are ways to approach that new experience. Being an expert is not as important as the willingness to look at the world with the wonder and openness of a child. What are the ways that an experience can be recorded? Numbers, causes, feelings, and logic can frequently be used to view the same experience from different angles.

GED

I am well-read and have a Master of Public Administration Degree.

That background allowed me to see if I could tutor a student in GED. The WyzAnt test showed me what would be necessary in approaching the GED. The questions were couched in awareness, common sense, and logic. Basic arithmetic computation ability was necessary. In addition, I know that full and comprehensive understanding of the question directed the answer.

Hard Of Hearing

My own trials and tribulations with hearing and seeing have made me aware of both the depth of a disability and the potential degree available to overcome it. I have tackled speech head-on and worked around the visual to the extent possible. Yes, I see to drive, but I have to be constantly aware of my lack of depth perception. When speaking, especially on the telephone, only one trained in speech pathologies can detect my being hard-of-hearing.

I have limited ability to speak using American Sign Language (ASL). My problem with reading it is due to my lack of depth perception. Usually the other party speaks and reads my signing. However, I may be able to impart the need to speak to a non-verbal child due to my own history. There are situations, where the brain simply cannot deal with producing sounds coherently or consistently. There, sign language would have to be the avenue of communication.

Over a span of a dozen years, I did two years worth of time as a Disability Program Manager, while I worked at my government agency. We provided learning opportunities in an annual program to build awareness of the disabilities and to eliminate attitudinal barriers. I was on call as reasonable accommodation issues arose. Even though I might not have a specific disability, it was my job to listen and understand how a certain situation was being experienced by the employee having the disability. Often, I was able to obtain the manager's cooperation in resolving the issue, whether by shifting the work method or providing a particular piece of equipment or furniture.

Logic

My strength as a computer applications programmer was based on my ability to do logic. What were the minimal steps needed to process the data to obtain the desired results.

When logic got too complicated, we used one of two decision formats to determine the decision and its possible outcomes. In coding COBOL for instance, we would use an "IF ..., THEN <<<, ELSE >>>, ENDIF.". Sometimes, there would be multiple outcomes determined by a data value.

Some processes could be turned into a routine that could be called from multiple places to run a set of data the same way.

Logic was used prior to the coding to ensure that all program requirements were going to be processed.

Another piece of logic was to ensure data integrity was accomplished via validity and consistency checks. The former was based on permissible values of a datum. Consistency checks were between two or more data items. The consistency checks were to permit different data combinations that legitimately were processed. Errors were, perhaps, recorded in an error log and, normally disallowed to be processed further.

Public Speaking

I do not have a problem speaking before an audience. By the time I did that in relation to the annual Disability Awareness Programs at work, I had completed the second level of the Toastmasters International program. I am an Able Toastmaster (ATM). At that time, circa 1980, there were three paths to be selected out of four. One of those paths helped with the Disability Awareness Programs. In it, the emphasis was on learning to provide forums for other speakers as the emcee. Panel discussions, I remember, was one of the forums. Another was the entire line up of speakers, giving an introduction to each, as well as opening and closing the presentation. In regular Toastmasters Meetings, there were short two minute extemporaneous speaking opportunities, when asked a question.

While I am still frequently short on having the best possible answer, I can, with a moment's hesitation, give an answer. I have spoken before classmates, civic groups, religious forums, Section and Branch Meetings at work, and the office's Town Hall Meetings of hundreds of people. Usually, my presentations are critically accepted. Another part of the Toastmaster International experience was serving as an Evaluator. As evaluator, you had to list at least as many positives as negatives of the speaker, whether planned or unplanned speaking. I served in this capacity many times and always tried not to "whitewash" with all positives, unless truly deserved. Otherwise, I would be doing the speaker an injustice for their own self-improvement.

Reading

I am a reader of novels, biographies, and self-improvement books. My reading skills were honed in doing college and post-graduate work on a Master's Degree. In my government career, I had to read and write many communications and minutes.

Special Needs

My own trials and tribulations with hearing and seeing have made me aware both the depth of a disability and the potential degree available to overcome it. I have tackled speech head-on and worked around the visual to the extent possible. Yes, I see to drive, but I have to be constantly aware of my lack of depth perception. When speaking, especially on the telephone, only one trained in speech pathologies can detect my being hard-of-hearing.

I have limited ability to speak using American Sign Language (ASL). My problem with reading it is due to my lack of depth perception. Usually the other party speaks and reads my signing. However, I may be able to impart the need to speak to a non-verbal child due to my own history. There are situations, where the brain simply cannot deal with producing sounds coherently or consistently. There, sign language would have to be the avenue of communication.

Over a span of a dozen years, I did two years worth of time as a Disability Program Manager, while I worked at my government agency. We provided learning opportunities in an annual program to build awareness of the disabilities and to eliminate attitudinal barriers. I was on call as reasonable accommodation issues arose. Even though I might not have a specific disability, it was my job to listen and understand how a certain situation was being experienced by the employee having the disability. Often, I was able to obtain the manager's cooperation in resolving the issue, whether by shifting the work method or providing a particular piece of equipment or furniture.

Study Skills

To arrive at attainment of a Master's Degree in any field requires the ability to organize study and pursue the necessary research. I have a Master of Public Administration Degree.

Also, as an Application Programmer, I had to thoroughly learn the requirements for the particular application or its modifications to begin the task of accurately executing the requirements.

I use a modified form of outlining when taking notes or preparing to write a paper.

I have done some volunteer work in libraries and am able to locate pertinent materials quickly.

I learned "touch typing" in Junior High School and use it now on the computer keyboard.

I am proficient in Microsoft Word.

Given that background, I would help the student to first lay out his new assignments. Next, we would check the deadlines on each assignment. Then we would review any older assignments that have future deadlines. With that in front of us, we would determine the order of priority using both deadlines and ease of completion. By getting the easiest and earliest to do assignments out of the way, we can then concentrate our attention on the harder ones.

Next consideration would be what is needed to complete a particular assignment. Do we have all the materials? A list could be made to ensure that they are available or need to be gotten.

For papers, we would determine the subject and what was called for in the assignment. Attention to the directions can preclude taking unnecessary steps. Outlining will permit the ordering of the information in a coherent whole.

Practice of presentation is necessary to prevent unnecessary distractions on the reviewer's part. This would mean that penmanship and typing skills would be useful tools. At times, public speaking skills need to be develop to allow many to hear the results of your research and thoughts.

How to study for tests would emphasize review of the material. The most important material is to be reviewed just before bedtime. This will help the memory.

At some point, the modified outline form of taking notes in class allows subject levels to remain together. Details are recorded at lower levels.

The importance of reliable sources and their documentation in citations and bibliography are covered. The resources would be either off the Internet or in the library. A discussion of the relative merits of either are covered. How do we locate the resources?

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Hamline University (International Relati)

The American University (Master's)

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