CUNY Queens (English)
Dowling College (Master's)
Hello! It is rare that I meet anyone who says that English/Language Arts is his/her favorite subject. Most often, it's more the opposite, with the person telling me that he/she hates English, doesn't like to read or write, or that it's boring. And then I tell them I learned something years ago while in graduate school: If you do well in English, you'll do well in all your content courses.
Of course, there is an immediate disbelief of that statement, but if you think about it, it makes sense. In English class, you're asked to read, understand what you read, and write comprehensibly. If you learn how to do those things in English, you'll have a better shot at understanding the content of Science, History, Psychology, Health or even Math (think of those confusing word problems!).
I've been helping people read and write since I was in high school. I went from tutoring children in the inner city to teaching at community colleges. During and after graduate school, I had a short stint teaching at the middle and high school levels. However, most of my career has been in editorial, where I have been a proofreader, an editor, a book reviewer, and a writer. The writing is something that I continue to do today as part of my job.
With two of my own children, along with my friends' children, there has been ample opportunity for me to work with elementary, middle and high school students, on their coursework. Having a child see the results of learning something new is amazing. Seeing a child smile when s/he reads something and finally "gets it" is great! Helping a person express him/herself through the written word is something I enjoy doing. Hello! It is rare that I meet anyone who says that English/Language Arts is his/her favorite subject. Most often, it's more the opposite, with the person telling me that he/she hates English, doesn't like to read or write, or that
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