Salem State College (English)
Salem State College (Master's)
My professional credentials include a Master of Arts degree in English, in both American and British Literary Studies and I have been teaching in post secondary education for the past ten plus years. My experience includes tutoring students in the Writing Center.
Also I have worked for seven years in a Developmental Skills Program that focuses on the needs of students who have been determined to possible failure in an academic setting. These At Risk Students were selected for possible admission to the college, once they had completed this program. The criteria for selection included a body of students with developmental lags, either due to gaps in education and challenging life situations; English as a Second Language and Disabilities; such as, ADD and ADHD. It was during this period that I developed a passion for working one-on-one (or tutoring) with students. As a tutor, one has the the opportunity to learn more about the student, his or her family and an insight into the roadblocks that prevent the student from moving forward. When one of these students makes a breakthrough, it is extremely rewarding.
It is my belief that the skills of Reading and Writing are very closely aligned and the key to scholarship. And it is an accepted theory that more one reads, the better writer one becomes. The remarkable World of Literature also reflects life and history of the times, so a student not only reads as Hamlet states, "Words. Words. Words," but also expands his or her view of the world. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pap angrily removes Huckleberry from the home of the Widow Douglas as no one in his family has ever had any book learning. Pap could not read and write, so his son should also be illiterate. Reading is the key to an educated mind. The question arises, however, how does one help a student with Dyslexia. I have devised a method whereby I use yellow 3X5 cards. Words are written in red ink. For some reason, this combination of colors helps the student. Often with Dyslexia words in black and white all jumble together. As we move through the process, the yellow card is used under the lines of text in a book. When students gain confidence in their abilities, assignments are no longer an ordeal. The student feels better about himself/herself. And the door to the process of learning opens. My professional credentials include a Master of Arts degree in English, in both American and British Literary Studies and I have been teaching in post secondary education for the past ten plus years. My experience includes tutoring students in the Writing Center.
Also I have worked for seven years in a Developmental Skills Program that
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