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I've been a teacher (and a student of life) for over 40 years and I still get excited when the light bulb goes off as a student is learning something new. I have taught all grades (pre-school, elementary, middle, high school, undergrad & grad) in all parts of the country in many environments (public school, private school, church school, experimental school, school-within-a-school & tutoring organizations). I really get excited teaching reading, writing, literature, social studies and science. Folks have often asked which subject or grade I like best. My truthful reply: "what I am doing right now." My favorite word is "curious." My least favorite word is "whatever." Finally, my teaching philosophy is captured by this quote by Nikos Kazantzakis (who wrote Zorba the Greek): “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”
I have 10 years direct teaching experience in the elementary school classroom (public school, private school and government school) and 20 years higher education experience teaching elementary school methods courses.
As an undergraduate, I had enough credits to minor in English. As a public school teacher, I taught English at the elementary and middle school levels. As a college teacher grading countless student essays, I've often commented "I am a recovering English teacher!" English is a complicated language. However, once you learn the internal rules of usage, it becomes much easier to express yourself clearly and correctly. I'd love to help you learn these rules.
I have 10 years experience as an elementary school teacher, especially in the primary grades. My Masters degree in Elementary Education included a cognate in reading. Also, I taught initial reading (phonics, context clues, comprehension) for Sylvan Learning Center. Finally, I gave phonics instruction to Head Start parents and candidates for CDA certification.
I have taken three public speaking courses and two interpersonal effectiveness classes in college. I used specific skills of public speaking (motivation, influence, persuasion and story-telling) in my 10 years as a teacher (elementary, middle school and high school). I demonstrated speaking skills (presentations to large groups at national conferences, conducting effective communication workshops at business seminars and working with diction with new immigrants) in my 25 years as a college professor. Also, I was on the speakers bureau (as a communication resource to local businesses and government agencies) in two college towns where I taught.
Formally, I taught Study Skills for Sylvan Learning Center. Informally, I taught study skills to ALL of my students in the 10 years I taught in public schools (elementary, middle and high school) and the 25 years I taught in higher education (including organization, time management and critical thinking). Also, I was a private tutor to a foreign student preparing to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) which demands organizational skills.
I've been playing tennis for over 40 years. I was on my high school and college tennis teams and was a tennis coach at a private school in Spokane, WA. I have a good grasp of the various skill levels and I am a very patient teacher. What I appreciate most about tennis is that it can be played at all stages of one's life. I'm glad you want to learn this elegant game.
It has taken me a while to become a clear and concise writer. There are so many grammatical rules and styles to learn. It's more common than not to become frustrated. After 25 years of teaching writing (from elementary school to the undergraduate level) and advising over 25 dissertations at the doctoral level, I have learned a trick or two on how to guide writing . . . without fears or tears. And, if you'll pardon my brashness, it can even be fun. Let me show you how.
Great tutor! — Wayne has helped my son not only with math but his confidence. Hiring him was one of the best things I have done for my son. ...
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