Wayne State University (Art Education)
Wayne State University (MBA)
Wayne State University (Other)
I taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 28 years. For seventeen years I taught art and formed a special talented art program. The students won a number of art prizes competing with imaginative murals of Detroit. One scene of an ice skating rink inspired designers to actually build a rink in the downtown area. Eventually the Detroit Board of Education decided to have self-contained classrooms which meant that art as well as science, and social studies, were to be taught by one teacher.
At this time I returned to Wayne State University and took a special curriculum devoted to experienced teachers who wished to convert to homeroom teaching. I was then offered a job teaching third grade. I found that it was quite simple to find creative ways to teach the academics. Math, for example, could be concrete and practical. Students often built three dimensional geometric shapes like cubes, pyramids, and ichosohedrons. They learned to write checks and account for their spending.
In 2003 I was offered a job teaching Art History and remedial Math in the United States Navy. I was sent to Sardinia to work aboard the USS Emory S. Land. I worked with my two classes in history on Prehistoric Art through the Middle Ages and then the Renaissance period until the present day. I gained a great respect for our military forces where I was treated with utter civility.
Your child is not an empty vessel in which to pour in information, but is rather, like a lamp to be lit. I taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 28 years. For seventeen years I taught art and formed a special talented art program. The students won a number of art prizes competing with imaginative murals of Detroit. One scene of an ice skating rink inspired designers to actually build a rink in the downtown area. Eventually the Detroit Board of
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I taught art history for the United States Navy aboard the USS Emory S, Land in Sardinia. I also included lessons for my art classes during the semester for elementary students. Art History became my favorite subject in Grad school. My masters essay entailed the history, culture and art of the Aztec people.
I have had four courses of work in drawing: two in still life with emphasis on values and two in life drawing. I have kept the sketch books of my drawings done on location. At present I enjoy the drawing medium that relates to fabric fiber art. I believe that Mendelowitz philosophy on drawing is a good source to consult for teaching meaningful lessons to beginners on the high school level and beyond. I taught art for seventeen years in the Detroit Public Schools. Drawing is an integral part of any art program whether it be picture making design for ceramics, metal working, murals, weaving, etc. or sketching and drawing from life.
I was endorsed by the State of Michigan to teach through the eighth grade. I taught homeroom for at least eight years. I also home-schooled a student in the three R's, as well as handwriting, history, and geography. I put emphasis on the concrete wherever possible.
I have had advanced work in math at the university. This course was offered to clarify math concepts in advanced arithmetic. It included set theory, base number concepts, measurements and the metric system. Most of my teaching is strong on the side of the concrete wherever possible. I have found Saxon Math to be the finest of math books and strongly advise parents to request it when conferring with math tutors.
I also include practical math in my math curriculum. Students learn how to write checks, balance a check book, fill out deposit and withdrawal slips, order from catalogs within a monetary budget. We have problems that require the student to pay cash to receive and make change. Using a credit card can be part of the problem.
I would like to make this clear. I have taught the Saxon Math program and as indicated before, I have found it very successful. I am willing to teach any good math program of your choosing.
English is part of every subject. Parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, tenses, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, spelling, subjects and predicates, parallel structure, subject/verb agreement, pronouns, appositives, correct modifiers, direct and indirect objects, prepositions, etc are all parts of the structure of English language. However, punctuation and word usage are also part of English study. The creative part of English is compelling to students. We can begin with picture sentences every single day. We eventually grow into letter writing, simple research writing, book reports, stories,, diaries, poetry and anything else that requires the creative use of English.
I have much experience in creative writing. Recently I was runner up in a national screenwriting contest. My co writer and I have had recognition by finalizing four times in national script competitions. I also have a book of poems that I wrote over three years while I participated in a poetry class.
I strongly recommend the A Beka text books for students in English. The academic study is given in an interesting way. The creative English is useful and the student learns to communicate in a professional way. There is great emphasis on being a moral and decent member of society.
I have two degrees in art education, which included certain hours in watercolor, oils and acrylic. While working on my masters degree I took Pictorial Symbols, a class devoted to painting and composition. I also had lessons, input and criticism from a mater painter whose influence has been great. My entire life experience has been in the art world. As an art teacher the paint medium was an integral part of the curriculum. Students often combined paint as mixed media with many other materials such as chalk, crayon, hot wax, markers, etc. as well as straight painting right out of the jar.
Reading and phonics go together. I taught reading and phonics for at least eight years in the public schools. I usually teach reading with the phonics system integrated with the vocabulary as well as separate lessons where I feel the child needs it.
Reading is fundamental to all learning. (My homeschooler enjoyed reading the books we checked out in the library.) I put emphasis on vocabulary, including spelling, oral reading, and comprehension. Phonics are not ignored. I often use Blooms taxonomy to help my students to higher levels of comprehension beginning with knowledge and progressing through comprehension,application,, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The student must have either a good Basel reader or library books of his own choosing or both.
Reading is relevant to spelling -vocabulary and the phonics system. All new words are included from the story sentences for context understanding. Phonics are taught in every lesson as well as any other word structure help.