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University of Rhode Island (English-Education)
Bridgewater State College (MEd)
I worked as a teacher in Dartmouth Public Schools for 20 years, teaching all academic subjects. I am certified to teach at all levels. I have had experience in tutoring both Language Arts and Mathematics as well. I am certified and qualified to teach any student at any level.
I consider myself to be a creative and innovative teacher with an ability to assess students individual strengths and needs and focus lesson plans on meeting those needs.
I was particularly patient and understanding when "students didn't understand" and helped them find the way. I believe in teaching not only the basics, but the process of learning.
I maintain a positive focus on learning and try to communicate an appreciation and love of learning to my students. I also try to focus on the whole student and entire process of learning as opposed to teaching just the basic subject.
To conclude, I was an English-Education Major with a Minor in Social Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. I taught 20 years at the Middle School level, student taught at Pilgrim High School in Warwick Rhode Island, and even coached high school basketball. I also have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State College. This adds up to a versatile and flexible educator, familiar with working with all students at all levels. I worked as a teacher in Dartmouth Public Schools for 20 years, teaching all academic subjects. I am certified to teach at all levels. I have had experience in tutoring both Language Arts and Mathematics as well. I am
My son continues to make great strides in his education and focusing skills. Through patience and reinforcement, Joe has helped rebuild Adam's self esteem and we are going into his first year of High school with a good attitude. Much appreciation.
Logan enjoyed his first session. He asked if Joe was coming back on the next day and when I said "No, next Sunday" Logan was disappointed. He already feels better about himself and seems motivated.
The title to the lesson was Add/ADHD. Logan is has no diagnosis of Add/ADHD.
I am looking forward to the next lesson as much as Logan is. Thank you.
Mr. Joseph is very knowledgeable on the SSAT my son enjoyed his lesson. He said Mr. Joseph taught him techniques and strategies.
First session was very good! Little too early to describe in detail. But definetly planning to keep Joe for longer term.
I struggle with ADHD and Joe was the first person that really slowed the pace so that I could understand and learn the material. I am looking forward to more sessions.
It was only our first session with Joseph. We are looking forward to accomplishing quicker and smoother reading. It appears to me that he will be a great fit with my son Maxwell.
We only had one session. Joe seems like he is willing to work with student's strengths and weakness. He is flexible and seems willing to adjust to student's needs.
Joe is great at communicating with children. He's very patient, positive & looks for the best way to grab a child's attention. Joe is currently tutoring my son in ela & pre-algebra. He has been very dedicated to finding the best way to work with my son with ASD.
My son was a bit nervous before his 1st session. Thankfully, he and Joe immediately clicked. Joe was very encouraging and they worked through quite a bit of material. My son is looking forward to the next session and is hoping to squeeze in some basketball time at the end.
The lesson was very comprehensive. Lots of examples of good and bad. Discussed why the bad statements were bad and why the good ones were good.
The first lesson went well and I'm looking forward to more, at which time I will be able to provide a more comprehensive assessment.
I worked with him a bit ago but remember him to be very kind and patient. He tried to create a proper study guide. He was well prepared and VERY flexible with time and location.
Joe is consistently on time and has always made every effort possible to accommodate scheduling adjustments due to the inevitable "fluctuations of life" that occur! Just one of the many reasons why I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of his services!
When I met Joseph, I knew I made the right decision for my daughter. I look forward to working with him. My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Joseph. He's very patient, and positive.
I see such a big improvement with my daughter.
Joe is a great asset. He has helped my son by encouraging him to stay positive. My son is one that would beat himself up if he did not meet his own expectations. Joe has helped him by encourage my son to try his best. My son loves that there is no grades/judgment with Joe. Just learning and fixing things up.
Joseph helped both my 9 year old daughter and 13 year old son. He was very patient and professional. He was able to connect with each kid on an individual basis. He has a great attitude and always came prepared and ready to teach.
Joe has been tutoring my 7 year old son since July. He has lots of patience and knowledge. I have seen lots of improvement in my son. My son is always excited to have a lesson with Joe.
My son just had his first lesson with Joe. When I asked him a bit afterward if he thought Joe would be able to help him improve his writing, he replied with a huge "YES!" and a smile that I don't often see as big as it was. Joe's used an approach and terms that my son could relate to, and got him engaged within the very first minutes of their session. We look forward to the next!
9/7/13 My son continues to work with Joe as he enters 8th grade. Joe has infinite patience and an extremely positive attitude toward learning. My son looks forward to his weekly meetings with Joe and is always energized after them. Joe has a way of coaching him through assignments that would end up in arguments if I tried to do the same. Joe picks up on what my son is interested in and uses those things as the examples for learning.
Joe is a great tutor. He has been patient with my daughter. he is a nice man who is comfortable to have in the home and is working hard to get my daughter on the right track. Thank you Joe.
My 6 year old son looks forward to his visits from Joe! My son tells me that he has so much fun and gets so excited when he learns new words! We have only been using a tutor a few weeks and I can already see a large change in my sons reading skills and excitement for reading! I could not be happier.
Joseph was fantastic at building rapport during his first session with my son. He helped my son feel comfortable and confident. We're looking forward to weekly lessons.
My son has been working with Joe for some time now and he has no only improved in his math, but is starting to enjoy the challenge. Joe is patient and is always ready to fit into our busy and sometimes confusing schedule. Joe has become like family and we highly recommend him.
Joseph S. is a born teacher. In our initial phone conversation, we were pleased to learn about his long and impressive history of teaching, coaching, and solid resume which includes several published professional articles on the topic of teaching basketball to kids. A middle-aged player, Joe deftly illustrated many points himself in fine form. He was always cordial and easy to reach by phone.
Joe is professional, punctual, and absolutely passionate about the game of basketball. His love of the game is evident in his teaching style. In each session with our exuberant 14-year-old ADHD daughter, he was consistently upbeat and positive as he skillfully kept her completely focused, involved and on her toes at each one-hour lesson. We noticed that at the end of every lesson, our daughter’s spirit always seemed lighter and her attitude more positive than at the start of each session.
At times when she needed repeated demonstration and explanation, Joe was always patient, clear, and supportive. His helpful post-lesson review comments provided an objective description of our daughter’s learning style and progress. Throughout each lesson, Joe offered so much continuous sincere encouragement and praise that we even enjoyed watching the session ourselves!
We met Joe S approximately one year ago. He was just the type of tutor that we needed. My daughter was struggling in Math and Language Arts and Joe was able to teach the material to her in a manner that she understood. She has since taken that foundation and excelled in both subjects and fortunately for us, she no longer requires a tutor. Joe was able to provide a bridge of knowledge for our daughter to enable her to get to the point that she could manage on her own without a tutor. We can't speak highly enough of Joe!
Joseph S. has been a godsend to me and my daughter. He is always looking for the positive in a student and finding ways to instill confidence and the love of learning in kids. He really has a natural rapport with my daughter as a student and genuinely wants to help her. His background experience as a public school teacher makes his authority as a teacher very credible and is a valuable asset. He is very patient and at the same time tries to set realistic expectations for the student to strive for. I am very grateful I found him on Wyzant.
Joe has really saved us as my son navigates through 8th grade math! My son's confidence and grades are both improving thanks to Joe's patience and excellent teaching skills. Joe is truly invested in my son's success!
Joesph is very patient with my daughter, he shows her how to work in a way that she is comfortable with. She has improved with her schoolwork.
My son is a second grader with ADHD, he needed help with his math and reading comprehension. He requires a lot of attention and redirection. Joe is great with him, he is patient and knows how to connect with him on his level. Joe comes prepare for each session, he knows how to engage him and maintain his attention. He feels comfortable and at ease with Joe, he looks forward to his tutoring sessions.
Joe has been my tutor since the beginning of this school year and has been a big help to me and my studies. Even though we had planned on having him help me only with writing skills, Joe is always willing to spend time with me on other subjects based on the work I have for the week, and I appreciate his flexibility. He has been a patient tutor who has constructive comments, and I've seen an improvement in my work since working with him. He's easy to talk to, and I'm always comfortable letting him know if I don't understand something or need something explained further. Joe is great, and I'm happy I have him to help me improve my school work.
I have been working with Joe for a couple of months now and I am very pleased with his services. I already feel more confident about my writing and the progress I made about how to develop a writing practice before writing my papers. In addition, Joe is always on time and easily reachable by phone or email. I would definitely recommend Joe to another student or a friend!
Joseph worked with my daughter throughout the summer and helped her to improve on her study skills as well as gain credit to move forward to the next grade. My daughter is smart, but lazy, Joseph motivated her and she seems to be off to a good start this school year. We will utilize Joseph's services again in the future to keep our daughter on track.
As John's grandfather, I have been following John's work with his English tutor and upon consulting with John and his father I have concluded that John has benefited greatly, has established a harmonious relationship with his tutor to the point that my son has decided to continue the tutorial lessons during the upcoming academic year.
His tutor is a gifted teacher who connects very well with the student and makes learning enjoyable. We are very pleased with the tutor and for this reason we have decided to continue the tutorial work during the entire year.
Joe has been working with my wife who is from Brazil and she is very excited to be learning the English language and its components. Joe is very accessible and always prompt when scheduled. He is patient and has a vast knowledge of the English language. Highly recommended.
Passion, Patience, Professionalism. After a handful of sessions with my 9 year old son, Joe has exceeded our expectations. He holds my son's attention and unleashes enthusiasm even after the session is done. He's helping with writing and grammar and we look forward to the new school year to see the fruits of both their labor. I tried to be a tutor to my son at first but it became clear that to be effective I needed a tutor with experience and someone who could play the role of teacher and mentor. Thank You, Joe.
I have found Joseph to be an extremely professional and conscientious teacher, who was able to establish a strong rapport with my son in just a few lessons. He is a patient, calm and very encouraging tutor. My son's confidence in math has increased since working with Joseph. I would highly recommend him.
My son really enjoyed working with Joe. He used sports as a way to make sense of the information that he was teaching and that worked well for my son. He was also very patient and the first session was not as overwhelming as we thought it would be. It was a great start and we're looking forward to the next couple weeks. We're hoping our son will get a better sense of how to organize his thoughts, organize his study habits, and improve his time management skills. He is comfortable with Joe and is interested in continuing the tutoring sessions.
We had our first tutoring session with Joseph last night. It was supposed to be for our two older boys working on their writing skills. Our daughter wanted to be a part of if and so Joseph kindly let her in on the lesson. They are all working so beautifully together. Thank you Joseph!
Joseph has been working with my son for about 4 months. My son has difficulty focusing and Joe has been great keeping him focused and very patient with him. He has had a very positive approach and has been great at helping to boost his self esteem. He has been very flexible with us with scheduling! Great tutor!
We have been happy so far with the services Joe has provided for our son. He worked with us to establish a set of goals to help measure our son's progress. He continues to build our son's confidence through praise and patience.
Mr. S. is a very nice and patient person. I've been working with him for a few weeks now and in just those few weeks he has given my daughter the confidence she needed. He is amazing with her, and my 10 year old loves having him as her tutor. I'm really happy that I got him. He is truly an amazing tutor/teacher, if only there were more teachers like him out there.
Mr. Joseph S. is a very patient and nice tutor. It is hard to see big improvements after only a few hours of English writing tutoring. My son enjoyed all his lessons.
Joe has the patients of a saint and is an excellent tutor. He was able to get my son to relax and then concentrate on the task at hand. I would recommend him to anyone!
Great tutor and enjoys what he does. He is easy to reach by email or phone. My son looks forward to seeing him each week. I definitely recommend Mr. S.
Another wonderful session today. Encouraging my son to have fun, and to relate his academics to his environment is a great method Mr. S uses. Especially with a 4 year-old. We look forward to another great day.
Joseph S is an excellent tutor. He has a degree in education, has been a teacher for many years and knows his material. My child looks forward to her tutoring class every week. I will recommend him to anyone.
Tutoring our 13 year old daughter. With his extensive background in teaching and coaching youth basketball, and his own passion for for the game, it's hard to imagine that anyone could be more qualified. He has done a terrific job with our daughter. He is patient and encouraging, and his drills and exercises make the lessons fun.
Mr S is a patient, professional,and dedicated tutor. Not even Hurricane Irene stopped him from completing a tutoring session with my daughter.
Mr. S has been working with my son this summer on his reading. My son is at grade level for his reading, but he HATES to read. Mr. S has made it much more fun for him and has helped him gain more confidence so he likes to read more than he did when we started. He is very patient and positive and kind has worked well with my son. Thank you Joe!!!
Joseph is a kind and very polite man, and very patient. I've been working with him for five months now, with great improvement. It is easy to learn with him, hes a great tutor. Bottom line he is an amazing person and tutor.
Mr. S does such a wonderful job with my son Joey. We are very fortunate to have him!!
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I am currently working with a number of students with ADD/ADHD and have worked with quite a few students with this learning challenge in the classroom.
I assess the strengths and areas of improvement for each student and prescribe work on their skill level. I also limit the amount of time needed for each assignment by decreasing the total number of problems, utilizing breaks from the work, varying assignments, and minimizing distractions. I also assess the student's best modality of learning and then prescribe work based on that assessment.
I maintain a patient and reinforcing teaching style, focus on success and reinforcement, and the positive. I also combine much academic work with concrete projects to avoid over attention on abstracts.
I also stress listening skills such as looking at the speaker, paying attention to body language, giving feedback, and oral reviewing. In addition, I provide a study skills unit that breaks the academic work into basic parts that can be studied one skill at a team, using a parts to whole approach.
A key part of my work deals with building confidence, self-esteem, and utilizing the interests of the student while always giving constant and immediate reinforcement. Where necessary, I also utilize special texts and worksheets. In many cases I will break the learning to the most basic elements or at a concrete level and utilize a parts to whole approach.
I find that confidence and success are key elements in a distraction free environment with modified assignments in difficulty and quality.
I taught math at the middle school level for 10 years which included a great deal of algebra. In addition, I have been tutoring students of all age groups and levels in Algebra.
I focus on the basic skills of Algebra, taking a student from their current level to the next level.
We treat Algebra almost as a mystery to be solved in an enjoyable way. I stress not only finding the correct answer, but finding the right process to find that answer.
I try to build confidence and self-esteem in my students with guided reinforcement and practice. We treat Algebra as as a discovery waiting to happen!
I minored in history in college, but it always was a major interest of mine, especially American history. I always felt that history not only told us a story of the past, but was a direct connection with helping us understand our present and projecting into our future. It represents a panorama of great people and great events.
That is how I teach history, as a story of great people and great events and its relevance to the present. I try to make it come alive for the students.
I look for patterns and trends in history and it's impact on the past and present. History is more than just dates and events, but humanity's story!
I was a high school basketball coach at Dartmouth High School for approximately 15 years. A key part of my job, in addition to coaching the team as a whole, was to work on individual skill development of each player including big man drills, guard drills, defense, shooting, passing, and dribbling.
In addition, I ran a number of basketball camps throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and even devised a curriculum for younger players 4 years old and above. I ran camps for boys and girls of all ages.
I was the founder of the Cranston Recreation Summer Basketball League, New Bedford and Bristol YMCA Basketball Camp, and Burriville Recreation Basketball Camp.
I have played and taught basketball all my life and have an extreme passion for the sport. My specialty in coaching other than coaching the team though games is assessing players talent and skill levels and creating a program to help them be a better player in all aspects of the game.
I have been an amateur chess player for many years, probably at a moderate skill level. I was self taught and read a number of books on my own. At the Dartmouth Middle School I taught chess to beginners as part of their activities program many years ago. I have also taught beginners who are adults.
I have been a teacher all my life and use those skills to teach chess. I believe in breaking the game to his fundamental parts o teach moves of pieces and the power of the pieces and position and then follow that up by teaching the overall big picture and chess strategy. I would do very will introducing people new to chess or teaching the basics to beginners. I also play a pretty intersting game!.
I have worked with students in all grade levels at all skill levels in elementary and middle school levels. During my career, I have worked with many students on Individual Educational Plans, including those with Dyslexia. I try to reinforce their learning with team and peer learning groups as well as taking a very individualized approach to their learning style.
We work a great deal on word attack, sentence and paragraph comprehension, and sight recognition of words as well as phonics and syllabication.
In addition, I have worked with many students with special needs through Wyzant. I tried to make learning positive to reinforce both confidence and self-esteem.
Overall, I try to work on word attack and basic skills through syllabication, phonics, and a word by word approach utilizing flash cards and other techniques. We also focus on comprehension by using pictures, diagrams, sub-headings, and other learning aids.
Overall, I believe in keeping things positive and giving individual and peer support to basic skills, the student will gain confidence and enjoy their learning experience. I have over 20 years experience i n working with special needs students, including those with Dyslexia.
I taught 20 years in the 6th grade and am certified to teach all subjects at the elementary level. I taught 10 years of Math/Science Reading and 10 years of Language Arts/Social Studies and Reading. In addition, I have my Masters in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State College.
During my 20 years I taught students of all leveles and groups of ability. My focus has always been to assess students ability level and structure lessons to meet specific needs at that level. I believe in teaching both the basics and the process that goes into making a student a motivated lifetime learner. I have always been considered a creative and innovative teacher as well as a good motivator. Finally, I have always prided myself on understanding students individual needs and meeting those needs in the most interesting and enthusiastic way.
I taught math at an elementary and middle school level for 10 years. I have taught students at all skill and age levels.
I believe in starting with the basics after assessing a student's skill level and then building from that point. Assessing their skill level is essential, but it is also important to make math be enjoyable and interesting. Many times we will create math games that reinforce skills and make math fun.
I also think it is important to assess what stage of learning a child is at. Some are at a concrete level, some at a semi-abstract stage of learning, and some at an abstract level. I like to build from a child's strengths, especially their mode of learning.
Overall, math is part of everything we do. I try to help students enjoy it, see its relevance in the world, and become life-long math students.
I was an English-Education Major at the University of Rhode Island, student taught English at Pilgrim High School, and taught Language Arts/Reading at the middle school level for 10 years.
I have taught quite a few students for WyzAnt in English with a focus on writing, punctuation, spelling, and basic skills.
I try to involve the student with personal writing experiences such as journal writing, reading of current events, and then integrate that into school lessons and current work.
My students will work with me on any assignment ranging from school assignments to projects we have developed together. Motivation and enthusiasm plays a major role in what I teach.
I have also worked with quite a few ESL/ESOL students for WyzAnt and have developed experience in that area. Again, I focus on building from the basics based on the student's skill level and needs.
I also have professional writing experience as I have been a writing for national articles for About.com, a sub-group of the NY Times. This also helps quite a bit in teaching English and writing.
I have worked with a number of students under the category of ESL/ESOL. I take a very basic approach, first assessing where the student is regarding language development and then prescribing work starting at that level, whether it elementary or beyond.
The skills I have worked on the most include vocabulary development, punctuation and grammar, spelling, and reading comprehension. For vocabulary we would work at not only learning definitions, but defining words by context and word parts.
Usually I use basic elementary materials for grammar, punctuation, and spelling and build up from that point. We not only stress rules the rules of grammar and spelling, but deal with the students own written work as a curriculum for correction. We have utilized journals, personal paragraphs, and simple sentences to approach grammar, spelling, and comprehension.
Overall, I have tried to take the student from where they are in English and build from that point. By stressing the basics and moving forward, I have found a great deal of success.
I teach grammar as part of the overall skill of writing, building from parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling to paragraph development.
I teach the basics to build up to an enriched level with the idea that writing is a skill of personal expression and meant to be enjoyable. I try to show my students the power of language by having them write on meaningful and relevant topics.
Grammar is an important key to this as it represents the "road signs" to both the writer and the reader for written expression and makes expression and comprehension possible. I try to stress the role and function of grammar and make it be enjoyable.
I am certified and qualified to teach any academic subject for elementary and middle school grades. Therefore, I am prepared to tutor any skill required on the ISEE.
In addition, I have tutored test preparation in the past including the ISEE, SSAT, and SAT for other educational businesses.
I have a great deal of experience in test preparation for these tests. I not only focus on the academic skills students need, but the overall strategies that help students succeed in test taking. I particularly focus on reading comprehension, verbal reasoning (including synonyms and sentence completions), math, and essay writing.
As I mentioned, I not only focus on the academic skills needed for the above topics, but test taking strategies that can be utilized to give a student a better chance of answering questions correctly. These strategies include elimination of wrong answers for multiple choice, previewing questions, time management, context skills for vocabulary, use of word roots for vocabulary, and many more.
As you can see, I have a great deal of experience, skill, and knowledge that is required to prepare a student to succeed in taking the ISEE test. I also have a proven track record of success in dealing with many students for this test and the overall certifications and qualifications to teach any academic skill to a future test taker.
Overall, I was an English Education Major on a secondary level and focused on American and English literature, as well as composition. I have even taught students on a college level one-on-one to help them in literature. I try to relate great works of literature to current, relevant themes in the world to better involve students and motivate them to learn. Overall, I try to show my students literature is a journey through real life experience.
I taught reading at an elementary level and middle school level for 20 years, have my Masters in Elementary Ed and in many ways specialized in a phonics approach towards teaching of reading i.e. sounding out vowels and consonants, consonant blends, vowels sounds within syllables, and the sounds of vowel patterns.
One method that was very helpful was to look at the parts of a word, roots and vowels, and look for common patterns and the sounds they made. I found a children might be able to read most of a word but have trouble with one syllable. We would look at the word for the sounds of the vowels within that syllable, see if it followed any rules, patterns, or was irregular, and then sound it out. Many times, the child might read the word or syllable incorrectly the first time, but it might sound like a word that he/she knew and made sense in the sentence. A child might know know more words by sounds than sight and could figure out the new word because he/she had heard it before.
To sum it up, I taught children to sound out words and syllables based on common and irregular patters, attack words syllable by syllable, and using their listening vocabulary as an aid.
I have taught mathematics and algebra for over 10 years at the middle school level. I believe in building from the basics to enrichment in accelerated programs. I have taught students of all ages and of all skill levels in my classrooms so I have quite a bit of experience.
I try to make Algebra enjoyable and a discovery process for the student by solving problems for unknown variables using the student's imagination and interest. I believe Algebra should be fun and part of a lifelong learning process.
I have taught public speaking in my classroom through a variety of units on debating, persuasive speaking, presenting oral reports, and even as part of conducting a mock trial in class. From creative activities like these, public speaking becomes fun.
I teach not only how to organize a speech by presenting an interesting opening statement, the body of the speech, and the closing or "clincher,", but I teach activities that develop confidence, presentation, and enthusiasm. I also stress knowing the audience and knowing what they expect from the speaker.
I have been a public speaker many times as a spokesperson for a number of non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, and The Arc. I have actually spoken in front of thousands of people. From these experiences I have learned that public speaking can be a joy and a way to "get your message across and help people. Confidence, organization, and excitement with the topic make public speaking easy and relevant. As a result of my experience as an educator and as a public speaker, I am highly qualified to teach these skills to my students.
I taught Reading at the Middle School level for 20 years as part of a block system and integrated Reading as a curriculum into every academic area. I have worked with all skill levels ranging from enrichment to basic skills. I also integrate a study skills program into reading and all subjects.
I majored in English-Education with a focus on literature studies. Reading and literature were major focuses of mine.
I believe in assessing a student's reading skill level and designing lessons to meet those needs as well as integrating outside reading and projects to enhance interest and motivation.
I have tutored numerous students in test preparation ranging from middle school age to college for the SAT, SSAT, ISEE and others. I focus not only on helping students with the subject matter of the tests but with strategies of test taking, time management, and what to do when you don't know the answer. My students have had a great deal of success using these strategies.
Overall, I am a professional educator who has taught all academics to students of all ages. I have experience in tutoring for all types of test preparation as well as numerous strategies for success. My background as a professional writer is an added advantage for the writing and verbal parts of the test. This makes me a versatile educator who can tutor and instruct students to achieve in the classroom and on entrance level tests.
I have worked with a variety of students with special needs including those with Attention Deficit Disorder, reading and math problems, and language barriers. I have worked with students with these special challenges both in the classroom and one on one in a tutoring situation.
I assess the skill level of the student and their strongest modality of learning and then prescribe work based on that assessment. I try a very patient and reinforcing approach with work prescribed at their level, stressing success, confidence, and the building of self-esteem. Where necessary, I also utilize special texts and worksheets. In many cases I will break the learning to the most basic elements or at a concrete level and utilize a parts to whole approach.
I taught students with special needs in my classroom for over 20 years and also worked professionally for Special Olympics, giving me a wealth of experience.
I am certified and qualified to teach at any level and any subject from elementary and to middle school levels. I am also certified to teach English and Social Sciences at the secondary level. During my 20 years of teaching 6th Grade at the Dartmouth Middle School, one of my major focuses was to help students learn study skills that would be applicable to any subject. Study skills represents a process of learning that includes surveying material before actually studying it, forming questions from the students curiosity, reading or looking for those answers, actually reading for those answers and reviewing and reciting answers to those questions. This is called the SQ3R method (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review) and makes the student an active participant in the learning process.
As a teacher, I stressed reading as an important part of every subject and focused on the entire process of learning, not just searching for correct answers. I encouraged students to utilize study skills that would make them lifetime learners with interesting materials that was relevant to their lives. Motivation and interest is very important to studying. Study skills are part of a learning method as opposed to reading and rereading for the right answer.
As an English major and English teacher, I have stressed the importance of vocabulary development for many years. I encourage students to develop vocabulary through reading, focusing on media, and in every day communication. In addition, I stress context skills for vocabulary development, building and understanding words through word building with root words, prefixes, and suffixes, and studying the etymology or history of words. We also develop vocabulary through writing, oral discussion, and even role playing, making the study of vocabulary interesting and enjoyable. Finally, I use professional and technical journals, magazines, and articles to help the student learn new words.
Overall, it's about words, words, words! Vocabulary development can be enjoyable and interesting based on study the many meanings a word has, its word parts, and the way it is used.
I have taught writing, English, and Language Arts for 20 years at a middle school level. I try to start with the basics, sentence structure, punctuation, paragraph development, and spelling and build those skills into personal writing experiences for my students.
I teach writing as a total process beginning with pre-writing experiences, brainstorming, organization, and composing a first draft. We then proofread with a peer editor, re-write a second copy, and then finalize our writing sample. Writing is an organized approach to express oneself.
I like my students to keep a journal so they can see the power that writing has to communicate and the relevance it can have in their lives. I also stress creativity and just plain "fun" so writing is a lifetime skill to be enjoyed.
I also try to work with my students on a variety of projects that incorporate writing into the project as the key skill.
Lifetime learners and writers are very meaningful to me and I try to help students develop into enthusiastic and motivated writers. I have had a national column myself for About.Com, a sub-group of the New York Times. This adds to my experience to teach writing.
In summary, we develop from the basics to the highest level a student can go, trying to help students learn the joy of writing.