Greenfield Community College (Theater)
My past experience has been varied and has left me with many areas of expertise. I am a teacher in the academic support department of a charter school Holyoke. I spend my day there working one-on-one with students grades 9-12 to make sure they are understanding the material and staying on track. The students I work with come from a number of different backgrounds. Some have severe learning difficulties and some simply do not like the subject they are struggling in. Due to the nature of my job I have experience in all academic subjects and in some standardized test prep. Before my current job I worked in theater. I have experience in many different areas, but my main focuses have been acting and stage management. I assisted in classes for both and have taken over lessons on multiple occasions.
My approach to teaching tends to be a little different. I strongly believe everyone has equal potential to do well in school, it is just a matter of approaching learning in the right way. Everybody learns differently; some can read a chapter from a book and know the material, others need to hear it explained, and some need to learn the material by movement or touch. All of these methods of learning are equally valid and attainable, it is just about taking that extra step to know your student and find a way of explaining something that makes sense to them. Take, for example, a dancer who learns through movement. If you try to make that dancer sit down and learn about the revolutionary war through reading a textbook, you are setting them up for failure. If you give them the material and ask them to create a dance that tells the story of the civil war, they are much more likely to learn the material, remember it and, most importantly, understand it. When approaching a problem or subject a student does not understand, I find a way to approach it that will make sense to them. My past experience has been varied and has left me with many areas of expertise. I am a teacher in the academic support department of a charter school Holyoke. I spend my day there working one-on-one with students grades 9-12 to make sure they are understanding the material and staying on track. The students I work with come from a number of
I have assisted in and TA'ed many English classes. When teaching English, whether to prepare for a test or to supplement a class, I focus on helping them understand through practice. The best way to cement grammar and sentence structure are by identifying issues in the student's own writing and guiding them to a solution without giving them the answer. At ACT prep level, students should have already been introduced to all necessary concepts involved in understanding the use and structure of the English language. At this point it is just a matter of making sure they understand these rules and concepts in context.