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Let me start by saying that education is the key to moving forward in life. Now, not everyone is going to succeed in a classroom, but everyone needs to learn - everyday - by whatever means necessary.
I have been teaching/tutoring/educating people my whole life. I've taught music lessons one-on-one; I've taught entire marching bands how to stay in step. I've taught math to children and college students. Science, too. I've taught classrooms of people how to program a computer, build a web site, and how to use Microsoft software. I've given lectures about marketing, business networking, and building computer networks for college campuses.
I've had a pretty long, and pretty broad, professional career teaching all kinds of things to all kinds of people. It has given me the ability to be very flexible. I have studied life coaching, and one of the things you get good at is learning how others learn, and then making things easier for them. Were I to ever step into a classroom, I would spend more time listening to my students and guiding them to finding the answers on their own, and very little time writing on the board or just lecturing facts. Facts are important, but learning how to find and apply those facts is even more so.
My wife and I have been home schooling our son since he was a toddler. He a multiple diagnoses, including AHDH, ODD, OCD, and ASD.
We've learned that since he sees the world differently than we do, we have to present things to him differently than you might see in a classroom.
Reading has never been an issue for him, but writing has always been a struggle. Part of the problem is that writing is "too slow" - if you have emotional issues, sometimes it is just too frustrating to spend the time necessary to write something down. So, we have him do things in small steps - which is essentially what professional writers do. You break down the tasks into small pieces - you do one, then you do something else - then you come back to it. This works for almost all subjects. You have to get them to do the tasks when their mind is able to focus on it - you can't impose a timeline, at least not at first. Eventually, one can spend longer periods of time, so multiple tasks can be accomplished in one sitting.
My grandfather starting to teach me how to play chess when I was in first grade. In second grade, I was in the chess club at school and had developed a strategy of deliberately sacrificing my own queen to remove the queen of the other player. My grandfather used to make me play without my queen so I would learn how to work with the other pieces and not rely on it as most beginning player would. This strategy usually worked, as the other player didn't know how to use his knights in combination or the power of two parallel rooks.
I am teaching my son how to play, though his ability to focus for anything more than a few minutes makes it a real challenge.
In college, my senior project for my AI class was to program a chess game using point value heuristics based on the defensive and offensive value of any moves in the decision process. It didn't work, but it was fun programming it!
I have been programming computers ever since I took an advanced summer science retreat my junior year of high school. We used the computers to analyze the chemistry data we had collected, using a moderately complex formula to determine the sum of least squares in an effort to determine the mathematical formulas that would best describe the outcomes of our experiments.
I have a BA in Computer Science from Drew University, and was in the first graduating class that offered that degree. The summer of my junior year I took a course called "Computers in Business" - my project for that class, and for the next year, was to create a database driven library system to track our library of software titles. This particular system was developed in dBase IV, which I then used at my first job to create a credit application tracking and approval system and and interactive voice response system for the customer service department.
Other systems I have developed:
Product Recall System for Best Foods;
Doctor/Patient Communication system for Medco;
Executive Decision Support system for Merck.
I have B.A. in Computer Science from Drew University and an M.S. in Information Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
I am a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+), a web designer, a programmer, and network admin/designer, and an Internet marketer (SEO, blog, etc.).
I was a member of the "Coding Team" at Drew University for the 1st Annual Computer Programming Competition (we came in 2nd).
I have worked with MS Access since the very first version came out in the late 80's. The last hands on development work I did was in 2009 creating a front end system to analyze dialysis patient data in attempt to determine which doctors in Southern California were under-referring patients for kidney transplants. Prior to that I used Access as a front end to a decision support system for upper management at Merck-Medco to assess the effectiveness of our prudent prescriber cost cutting systems.
I have worked with computer networks of all types since the mid 1980's - going all the way to LANtastic and including WAN, LAN, WLAN, FDDI, ATM, BitNET, and was a member of the technical committee for the development of PREPnet (the PA segment of the Internet that grew out of BitNET.)
I began playing the trumpet in 4th grade - 1974 - and have been playing ever since. In middle school and high school, I was first chair and successfully competed for a position in the Regional and Area bands and orchestras from 8th to 12th grade.
Starting in 1975 I joined the local Drum Corp. Over time I was the music instructor, section leader, drum major, and vice president. During my tenure I taught new players as we expanded from "men only" to "co-ed" - several of my students have gone on to professional music careers.
The trumpet is a fun instrument, and even those who are not destined to be the next Herb Alpert, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, or Harry James can have years and years of fun being a part of local bands or providing services to such organizations as the VFW and American Legion.
I have been designing and hosting websites for myself and my clients for several years.
I have built sites using Joomla, PHP, FrontPage, Dreamweaver, and even simple ones using just Word. I taught web design at an adult education program, and I am about to launch a new "Assisted DIY" service for businesses that can't afford to plunk down thousands, or even hundreds, of dollars to establish a web presence. I use some of the latest tools for ensuring SEO, and last year did a "self check" on my own site where I was able to rank on the first page of Google for my selected keywords, 16 of them, within a 30 day timeframe. My site currently sees 3000 visitors a month.
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