Michigan State University (English and History)
Michigan State University College of Education (EdD)
Cornerstone University (Graduate Coursework)
Throughout my teaching career, I have enjoyed, most of all, working with small group tutorials or one-on-one tutoring sessions. I feel that the tutorial setting is the most conducive to teaching and learning. As a tutor I will challenge each student to evaluate his or her learning strategies, skills, and abilities. I will develop lessons that will enhance good skills and strategies and develop skill and strategies to overcome short-comings. My expectation of my students is one of self-examination and the willingness to build new knowledge upon old. I do not believe that tutoring is just a way to get the homework for the next school day or week done, but more of an opportunity to use assignments to become a new and better learner. I am looking forward to put my knowledge, skills, and strategies to work for you and your child.
I have been teaching for more than thirty years. The first seven were spent training firefighters, dispatchers, and paramedics for the State of Michigan. For the next twenty-three years, I was a teacher, of which eight years were in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and 15 years in the high school. I have a K-8 endorsement in all subjects and K-9 in Language Arts and Social Science. In addition, I am a fellow of the Red Cedar Writing Project, a national writing project member based at Michigan State University, and have been trained in Language!, a teacher directed phonics program. I am also a teacher trainer for the D.B.Q. (Data Based Question) project, which is a national social studies project. My career has afforded me the opportunity to work with students of all abilities and motivations I have been very active as the general education part of mainstreaming resource room students and have taught Advance Placement classes to juniors and seniors.
Throughout my teaching career, I have enjoyed, most of all, working with small group tutorials or one-on-one tutoring sessions. I feel that the tutorial setting is the most conducive to teaching and learning. As a tutor I will challenge each student to evaluate his or her learning strategies, skills, and abilities. I will develop lessons that will
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I have five years experience working with high school juniors, seniors, and graduates preparing for, or retaking, the ACT English test. I have used the test prep books found in any book store, as well as my own curricula.
I have five years experience working with high school juniors, seniors, and graduates preparing for, or retaking, the ACT Reading test. I have used the test prep books found in any book store, as well as my own curricula.
The history of the United States is a passion of mine. I have taught it in the elementary setting, as well as the high school. In the high school I have taught freshman U.S. History and Advance Placement U.S. History.
I taught 8 years in the elementary setting. I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I have also substituted in 1st and 2nd grade over the past school year.
English was one of my major courses of study. I have enjoyed teaching it in the elementary and high school settings. I believe in using the study of English along with the other core subjects to enhance learning. I have experience working with students of all levels of ability and motivation. I believe that English is the one subject that can impact a students learning more than any other and is crucial for one's success.
In this ever shrinking world, the study of geography is extremely important. When you look at the five themes of geography and think about the movement of ideas and cultures, or the impact of humans upon the planet, you will come to realize how it is so much more that the ability to name the capital of a state or country and find its physical location.
I have taught a basic Civics class to freshman, Government to juniors, and Advance Placement Government/Politics to seniors. I believe that all students need a clear understanding of how our Representative Republic works, and compare it with governments around the world, and know their duties and responsibilities as citizens of this republic.
The study of grammar is the language of writing and reading. When I teach writing and reading strategies and skills, grammar is one of the tools I use to improve my student's use of language. Grammar is not, and should not, be a stand alone subject but a bridge for learning.
The study of Literature is not just the reading of long, boring, and outdated books. It is the vehicle for understanding history, societal changes in norms and values, and past, present, and future hopes and dreams of mankind. The study of literature should become part of the study of history, geography, science, and government/politics.
I was trained in the Language! phonics program.
Reading and writing instruction are the two sides of the same coin. For one to improve one's capacity to present ideas, to communicate with peers, and to influence others it is necessary to be well read. Reading instruction is the development of decoding and fluency skills and strategies; however, it is also the understanding of how writers use language to influence readers and how readers comprehend what writers are saying.
As part of my freshman orientation I have developed curricula for short and long term goal setting and specific study skills and strategies for time management, reading for comprehension, writing in technical, timed, informational, and creative formats, and self-evaluation.
Simply put, the study and enhancement of vocabulary is essential to any student. Students are often judged by their ability to understand jargon, and more unfamiliar vernacular. A wider vocabulary increases reading and writing ability and is tested specifically in most high stakes tests such as the ACT and SAT. Vocabulary is not a stand alone subject, but a necessary one for the improvement of reading and writing instruction.
Writing and reading instruction are the two sides of the same coin. For one to improve one's capacity to present ideas, to communicate with peers, and to influence others it is necessary to be able to communicate in writing well, and in a myriad of formats. Writing instruction is the development of syntax and paragraphing skills and strategies; however, it is also the understanding of how writers use language to influence readers and how readers comprehend what writers are saying. Students that show a proficiency in writing greatly improve their scores in Advance Placement, ACT, and SAT tests.