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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