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Milligan College Education/English (English)
USF---some courses (Other)
"Wht s yr fvrit schl sbjct?" Although you may be able to decipher that sentence, it might cause you a bit of a challenge! Learning to communicate with others is possibly the most important skill that one can possess. Teaching students the skills to become successful communicators was a great joy to me for twenty-six years within classrooms. I loved seeing their "aha" moments and the pride of accomplishment they felt in being able to succeed!
Now that I have retired, I would love to work with individual students in the areas of language arts (literature, reading comprehension, writing, speaking, and spelling), social studies, Bible, and test preparation. Believe it or not (my husband can't imagine this), I love to take tests and enjoy allaying students' test-taking fears by preparing them for success. Last of all, I believe that the adage that those who do not know history will repeat it is correct. Thus, social studies is a necessary and fascinating area of education that I would enjoy helping students learn. I am a firm believer in excellence in education and in having fun while you learn! "Wht s yr fvrit schl sbjct?" Although you may be able to decipher that sentence, it might cause you a bit of a challenge! Learning to communicate with others is possibly the most important skill that one can possess. Teaching students the skills to become successful communicators was a great joy to me for twenty-six years within classrooms. I
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As Americans it is vital that we understand our history, so that we can repeat those practices that have made us strong and avoid those that have made us weak. In studying American history, emphasis will be placed on learning what those practices are and the "who, what, where, and when" of each one.
When I was in college, I studied both the Old and New Testaments, receiving credit for each course. Also, I have personally read through the Bible more than once and have read the New Testament numerous times. In addition, I have taken many in-depth Bible studies in various study groups, and I have also led Bible study groups. When I study the Bible I often use several resources such as concordances, Bible dictionaries, and Internet sites. The fact that my husband is a pastor has benefited me a lot, as well.
It's amazing the difference that the placement of a comma or some other punctuation mark can make. If a comma is placed incorrectly, it can change the entire meaning of a sentence. In addition, sentence construction is vital to meaning. A misplaced modifier can easily confuse the reader. All these and every other aspect of grammar are crucial to the comprehension of what one writes.
Reading is a great means of acquiring knowledge, experiencing strong emotions, being entertained, and passing time in an enjoyable way. We can relate to the characters in a book, becoming interested in what happens to them. We can share in common human experiences through reading. Reading can also greatly increase our vocabulary. Also, our comprehension can be hugely impacted by learning "how to read." Skills that can be taught are so important in reading.
The way that one studies plays a huge part in one's success or lack thereof. There are many different styles of learning which need to be considered when advising a student how to study. For example, some people need quiet when they study while others need activity or music around them. Then too, there are "tricks" that enhance one's ability to learn. Just one example of such is mnemonics, a great aid for memorization. I enjoyed helping students to learn such skills when I taught a class called Study Skills to middle schoolers.
Having a broad vocabulary is vital to comprehension of what is spoken and what is read. Sometimes we can figure out the meaning of words in context; however, on many occasions we simply must have committed vocabulary to memory---or must keep a dictionary beside us! There are many resources that can be used to help develop vocabulary. Vocabulary is all about comprehension.
Writing well is a tremendously important life skill. All of us must write at various times and for various reasons. If we know how to write skillfully, we will be understood, and we will be considered well-educated. There are many ways to enhance one's writing, and these can be learned.