College of Saint Benedict (English)
My name is Bridget, and I am a 2013 graduate of The College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. I graduated with a degree in English and Secondary Education (grades 6-12). I have always loved English because it has many different facets: literature, grammar, reading, writing, poetry, etc. Ever since high school, I have found myself helping tutor students in Language Arts because it made me feel like I was helping make a difference when someone finally felt confident in the very necessary skills of reading and writing. When I thought about combining my two passions, English and helping students, I knew that I absolutely had to become a teacher.
I am passionate about helping tutor students to become confident in their reading and writing skills! I have background in working with many different ages of students ranging from grades 6-12. I worked as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in Minnesota before moving out to Arizona and teaching 6th and 7th grade English.I truly love how writing allows people to express themselves and being able to help students realize their potential and become more confident in school is my mission! I am very patient, outgoing, hard-working and willing to try a variety of ways to help your student gain confidence in their skills. My name is Bridget, and I am a 2013 graduate of The College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. I graduated with a degree in English and Secondary Education (grades 6-12). I have always loved English because it has many different facets: literature, grammar, reading, writing, poetry, etc. Ever since high school, I have found myself helping tutor
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I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English Language Arts from the College of Saint Benedict. I studied a variety of courses such as: Linguistics, Poetry, Literature for Young Adults, Writing, and countless literature courses. I student taught English classes for the following grades: 8,10,11,12 and most recently taught 8th grade English full time. I have also worked with ELL students on their phonics and overall concept of the English language.
I have taken a variety of college courses on grammar and writing, more specifically as it pertains to young adult learners. As an 8th grade English teacher, I taught a unit on grammar where we worked on the following: punctuation, adjectives,adverbs, verbs, nouns ,etc. I am well-versed in teaching both the rules of grammar and helping students to become better writers through consulting them on their grammar in writing and editing their work with them to better understand how grammar can shape our writing!
I have a diverse background in literature ranging from Early Renaissance literature to more current and diverse cultural literature. I have had experience in looking at the themes, motifs, irony, character development ,etc. in novels. I am familiar with how to teach literature to different reading levels, interests, etc. I have been able to help students who struggle with reading find their joy for a book that they feel confident about reading just as I have been able to provide more advanced literature for students who need to keep pushing themselves to higher levels.
Not only as an English major, but more specifically as a teacher, I have proofread over 1,000 papers in the last 5 years. Proofreading and editing is a huge passion of mine and I feel extremely confident about my abilities in this arena. I have a very hands on approach with proofreading that makes sure to include students in the process so they can self-correct when needed, but also learn why I make the changes I make to their writing. I fully believe that being accountable for your work and nurturing it by proofreading and re-writing develops students writing skills ten-fold.
In my education-specific classes in college, I worked on strategies to help students with differing reading levels. In my most recent teaching position, I had a class where some students were at a 3rd grade reading level and some were at a high school reading level or higher. This diversity of reading levels helped me to hone in on my skills as a teacher to work with students where they are at and where there personal goals should be rather than expecting them to be at the same level as everyone else. I helped find books that piqued interest and were at reading level, and then helped the students connect with characters and from there, understand motives, themes, etc.
I have background in linguistics which has allowed me to teach the meaning of words and why our word choice MATTERS! Our English language is complex but knowing a variety of words and their meanings gives power to students in their speech and writing. I have witnessed the growth of so many students in their skill set simply because of the strategic implementation of vocabulary practice I teach during reading (to comprehend what it is we're reading) and writing (to understand which words we can omit or make better).
After taking a few courses on writing essays in college, I fell in love with writing and how it gives you voice when you feel like you have nothing to say. I have worked with my former writing professors to understand how to teach the writing process and feel as though the past two years of teaching experience has helped me take students from feeling an overwhelming burden from writing, to enjoying how simple the process can be when you understand what you're supposed to write for different types of writing (expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive). Students who see writing as a burden can truly feel confident after working with me and my step-by-step writing tactics.