Columbia College (History)
Columbia College (Master's)
Columbia College (Other)
My name is Belinda T. I have a Master’s degree in Teaching, and a Bachelor’s degree in History, both from Columbia College. I celebrate my American Indian heritage, and I am older than your average tutor. I waited until my own three children were out of public schools before I returned to school to become a teacher. I’m glad I waited because this is an exciting time to become a teacher! There is a lot of information in the news about how our children are being educated. I look forward to building a healthy and successful learning environment for your student, and earnestly hope you will feel free to share any ideas you may have. I fully understand that time and money are constraints for all of us, but ideas are free and I look forward to yours!
I believe it is important to study Social Studies with the attitude that it is important to learn from all that has gone before, in order to choose wisely now. I am confident that together we can teach Social Studies topics that are relevant to today, rigorous enough to keep students challenged, and enable them to be responsible and effective citizens for tomorrow and beyond. Our world is a fast-paced and quickly changing environment. This makes it increasingly important give our students the best tools we can, so they will be able to manage all they will be dealing with in their future and experience increasing success!
Integrated curriculum is an efficacious way to learn and teach. It corresponds with the way human brains work physiologically. The brain creates a complex web of information that recognizes patterns, not separate and discrete parts. Learning that occurs within a context (with connections) or experience helps the brain remember information more effectively. The physical structure of the brain changes as a result of experience, and research has found the brain to grow and develop more in an interactive environment. It makes sense to teach concepts that help students approach any situation or problem, rather than memorized facts which have limited application. Knowledge has grown, but time in the classroom has not significantly grown. We can not possibly, physically teach every fact. Therefore it is more efficacious to teach how to think about those facts. The time for implementing integrated curriculums and enhancing the educational experience of our learners is long past due.
Working with colleagues on the integration process also serves to enhance the building of learning communities. Making students responsible for their own learning as vital parts of the learning community also serves to insure learners successfully achieve answers to essential questions and learn beyond what will be forgotten after the next paper and pencil test. This is learning that makes a difference in the life of the learner and in the lives of those in the school and community.
In today’s information age, students can look up most historic “facts” on their smart-phones or electronic devises in a matter of seconds. Surely memorized “facts” are not what American History students need. Essential "facts" will be learned in the context of why they are important and how they are relevant to today's learners.
Prior to my teaching I was a member of a debate team, have served as a debate judge, and have also served as a youth Pastor in the Armstrong United Methodist Church. I have served in roles while performing in community theatre projects. I have LOTS of experience at public speaking. From this experience and from my education I can guide learners to confidence in public speaking.
My passion is for history. Specifically American History, but any history is fascinating to me. My Bachelor's degree is in History, and I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society of Historians from Columbia College. From this background I can lead learners to learning authentic history, in a manner that is conducive to critical thinking and creative problem solving.
Learning is supposed to be fun! It is not necessary to make learning boring - unfortunately that is often the case. I can help you attain the knowledge you seek, while making learning the adventure it should be. My name is Belinda T. I have a Master’s degree in Teaching, and a Bachelor’s degree in History, both from Columbia College. I celebrate my American Indian heritage, and I am older than your average tutor. I waited until my own three children were out of public schools before I returned to school to become a teacher. I’m glad I waited because this
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