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My basic approach to tutoring is to help students understand why they are doing what they are doing, not just how to perform operations. I don't want students to be content with rote operations. I have worked for years in small individualized teaching situations before starting a theater and am returning to the teaching I have always enjoyed while the theater now takes second place. The schools I have worked for have all been independent schools with specialized populations one was a middle school for students with learning difficulties; another was for student athletes.
The first school was known as the Adirondack Mountain School.It was a residential school and I was a live in teacher/counselor. Class sizes were generally from 2 or 3 to 7 or 8 but instruction was very individualized. I taught there from 1971 to 1980. The school is no longer in existence but had a population generally from about 35-40 students.
The second school began as a 4 month tutorial program and became a full year program known as the National Sports Academy. Initially it served competitive skiers but then moved to a variety of other winter sports. The classes were small generally about 6-15 students but during the competition season the instruction became very individualized as everyone's schedules varied according to their sport and travel and their success in various competitions. I taught there from 1981 to 1991.
As an example of my philosophy is my approach to the pythagorean theorem. It is not "a" squared + "b" squared = "c" squared. It is what the scarecrow says when he gets his brains at the end of the Wizard of OZ. The sum of the squares of the two legs of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse. It is also important to understand ideas like the number "one" which can be written in an infinite number of ways: 4/4 or tan 36/tan 36 are all just ways of writing "1". We write it different ways because it allows us to perform certain operations like adding of fractions -- of all kinds!
If I have the opportunity to be a tutor for you my goal will be to connect with you in ways that you feel are making your understanding more complete and relieving whatever tension you may have been experiencing with the material. My basic approach to tutoring is to help students understand why they are doing what they are doing, not just how to perform operations. I don't want students to be content with rote operations. I have worked for years in small individualized teaching situations before starting a theater and am returning to the teaching I have always enjoyed while
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My wife and I started a Theatre company in 1980 which became incorporated in 1986 and is still operating. We are transitioning away from the Theatre and relocating to Portland Maine. My wife has taught at the SUNY at Potsdam for 16 years. I have also taught courses there and the Theatre initiated many educational outreach programs. My Theatre and/or Educational resumes are available upon request.