University of Massachusetts Amherst (History)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Master's)
History and writing are areas of learning that challenge many otherwise strong students. The key to opening this door lies in forging a personal connection with the material and then turning to learning organizational and mechanical skills. The “ownership” of ideas is the primary ingredient in a forceful persuasive essay–-the cornerstone to success in Social Studies and English.
My approach to teaching and tutoring was honed in University, High School and non-traditional settings. I earned a Master's Degree in History with a focus on the U.S. My thesis, based on original research, was recently published in a history journal. As a Teaching Assistant, I helped my students make sense of the information they absorbed in lectures and assigned readings, and then convey that understanding in writing. We identified important themes and they were asked to connect these with what we were studying using supported evidence. I applied a rigorous approach to crafting persuasive essays, depending on the individual student. Most were required to submit a thesis statement embedded in an introductory paragraph that clearly outlined how it was supported. I want to hear their ideas, and I want them to use mastery of organization, form and mechanics to full advantage.
I am certified to teach History. In the classroom my focus is on active learning using primary sources. We “work backwards,” identifying and analyzing pieces of evidence and then organizing these to form a bigger picture. We all see things differently; there is no one right answer. The key is to articulate and defend that answer.
I tutored ELL students outside of class and am certified in Sheltered English Immersion. I also worked with home-schooled students where we turned primary source research into a Wikipedia page. History is fun! I have additional experience preparing students for the U.S. History A.P. Exam. I am qualified to prepare students for A.P. Exams in World History and European History as well. History and writing are areas of learning that challenge many otherwise strong students. The key to opening this door lies in forging a personal connection with the material and then turning to learning organizational and mechanical skills. The “ownership” of ideas is the primary ingredient in a forceful persuasive essay–-the cornerstone to
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