American International College (English BA)
American International College (MEd)
As a life-long learner, a love of reading and a keen interest in the events and famous people throughout history have been passions of mine. Becoming a teacher afforded me the opportunity to read and discuss not only great works of literature of various genres but also the motivations behind political and geo-political decisions. In my early years of teaching, the content centered around grammar, vocabulary, short stories, paragraphing and short essay writing. Little emphasis was placed on analysis or integration of style and content to obtain meaning.
Later in my career, I was fortunate enough to teach International Baccalaureate English, Language A1. Teaching IB was the most fulfilling job I ever had in teaching. Going to work each day was a pleasure. Literary analysis, combined with a global perspective, were absolute essentials. The knowledge I gained from participation in IB training workshops, along with an interaction with IB veterans was a revelation to me for I considered myself to already be a competent English teacher. Wow! Did I have a lot to learn...and I did! IB vets talked constantly about the depth and breadth of literature and about the stylistic devices the author used to enhance and make relevant the themes of his work. Suddenly, teaching THE SCARLET LETTER, REMAINS OF THE DAY, "Convergence of the Twain" or "Mending Wall" became a delightful, "brave new world."
My IB students, too, seemed to relish the challenge. It reached the stage where after 6 years of teaching Language A1, my IB pass rate was 98%. Though I relished my accomplishment, I always had to admit the students deserved most of the credit. I learned as much from them as they did from me. For the most part, the students I taught were slightly above average with a few stellar or extraordinary. What they all did was listen well, participate in class discussions, work hard and maintain a sense of humor.
So, what do I bring to the Tutor Table? An incredible wealth of knowledge and skills from my IB tool box, patience, a global view of the world and a sense of humor. Even when my American History students worked on a DBQ about the Japanese motivation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, out came the tool box. The students began to have an appreciation for the Japanese point of view.
In addition, I am knowledgeable of ACT and SAT formats and have worked with students before on increasing vocabulary and understanding sentence construction.
If I am your tutor, I ask that you listen well, be willing to discuss your concerns and challenges, work hard and keep a sense humor. As a life-long learner, a love of reading and a keen interest in the events and famous people throughout history have been passions of mine. Becoming a teacher afforded me the opportunity to read and discuss not only great works of literature of various genres but also the motivations behind political and geo-political decisions. In my early years
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