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Fred B.

Maplewood, NJ

$50/hour

Learning Specialist for Humanities

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University of Towson
Sports Management
Long Island University
Master's

Education

University of Towson (Sports Management)

Long Island University (Master's)

About Fred

I myself come from a background of special education. I was classified with a learning disability early in my childhood. Since then, professionally I've worked in teaching for almost two decades as a certified special education teacher receiving academic honors in my Masters program, worked with individuals in a teaching capacity (ages 7-adults) for more than two decades, taught in France, speak two languages, headed a cultural exchange program to Norway, coached at a varsity level, authored a book on emotional intelligence for teenagers, tutored, presented a new teaching model before Google and currently I am working as a certified special education teacher for the Department Of Education in NYC

Here is some more of my story...
I was fortunate to have a resource room teacher who helped me understand my academics in a manner that fit my learning style. I would say that having a learning disability never impeded my drive to succeed, but rather it motivated me to think about things differently. In fact, the way in which I think has taken me through many wonderful and enlightening experiences. My experiences have included co-authoring a book on teenage anger called Staying Cool. I have also worked with diverse students from unique backgrounds and I have coached successfully at a varsity level. I was teaching and living in France. While in France I had to learn French and adjust to a new and different culture. No small challenge!
I am happy to report I have faced it successfully. I believe we are defined by our choices, but more significantly our attitudes about the choices we make. I consider myself to be open minded and progressive in my thinking and how I view the world. My greater intention in life is to affect positive change for the people I interact with. As a teacher of special education, I can empathize with the learner who might have some challenges not only academically but emotionally as well. I embrace the opportunity to impart what I've learned to students and how I can better help them succeed in their life.
Philosophy of Learning:
I was never a strong student. Based on my academic record, I was average. I never embraced school, yet I have always had a deep desire to learn. Not withstanding the occasional teacher who greatly impacted my outlook on academics, my education was boosted outside of school through my experiences and love of learning. The one time in my life that I did excel in school, however, was during my master's program in teaching. The driving force behind my success in graduate school was the direct result of my passion for the subject. It had taken me a long time to realize what I was good at, combined with what I loved; teaching for me has been a sweet spot. I find all too often that students are discouraged by learning for a variety of reasons including, relationship to teacher, methodology, anxiety about the subject and an overall unpleasant experience academically. What I believe to be paramount in each learner is for them to find meaning and relevance in the subject area, no matter what it is. Or, provide as an entry point from which students can taste first taste success. Teaching to student's strengths and creating a safe environment for mistakes is central to learning. This, in part, can be achieved with a myriad of techniques and strategies that I use to enhance interest whereby the student is encouraged to think independently and critically. One ambition that I have in life is to better learn how to learn. I have been amazed in my experience as a teacher by the extraordinary capacity of many students who otherwise might not have found success, but when given the right opportunity and positive environment simply flourish.

I love the humanities and aligning the different disciplines of humanities by looking at the big picture questions and examining how everything is essentially connected. Thus, taking that information and discerning it into knowledge from which students can find meaning and relevance. My forte is helping students with interdisciplinary learning while focusing in on the content. Moreover, through my experience of working with a diverse population from different nationalities to age and youngsters with special needs, I am able to connect to students who have different challenges that impede their progress. Currently, I work at a high school in Harlem teaching the Humanities. I work with students individually and in the classroom. I've been teaching now for almost two decades always trying to improve my craft and I'm also a father of two speaking of teaching....

Philosophy of Teaching:
My philosophy of teaching comes primarily from my passion for the craft. Teaching to me is a calling and a gift. Teachers have an awesome responsibility to impart to students the necessary tools to succeed in today's competitive world. Since students spend most of their time in school, teaching is a significant force in shaping their minds. It is the role of teachers to facilitate learning by giving students the tools to think creatively, critically and to problem solve effectively. In effect, it is the role of teachers to empower students to be responsible for their own learning. In essence, we as teachers help students navigate their journey through the academic world to ultimately realize success. While success is not always achieved, resilience-- the ability to persist despite failure and rejection--is fundamental. This has a monumental impact on success. In fact, what is often overlooked in education is this very important piece of emotional intelligence, resilience. To that end, the element of emotional intelligence is supported by research as being of critical importance for lifelong success and surely should have a place in the educational curriculum.
I myself come from a background of special education. I was classified with a learning disability early in my childhood. Since then, professionally I've worked in teaching for almost two decades as a certified special education teacher receiving academic honors in my Masters program, worked with individuals in a teaching capacity (ages 7-adults) Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Maplewood, NJ 07040
Science:
Biology,
Ecology, Nutrition, Physiology
English:
English, Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History,
European History,
Geography, Political Science, Religion, Writing
Special Needs:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, Phonics, Reading
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I am certified in special education, and taught history for most of my career (15 years).
I can modify topics within American history according to level and interest. I teach in a way that allows students to have a deeper understanding of the subject by asking critical questions that meet the student at their level. I have a myriad of tools in American history (visuals, questions, movie clips) that prepares the student for a wide scope of knowledge.

Biology

I taught Biology regents this past year to a population of students who were classified with a learning disability and students who were part of the general population. I was able to deconstruct difficult concepts and provide multiple entry points to each lesson. I used a variety of modalities with which I was able to satisfy such unique learners. Moreover, I related the content to practical experiences for all my students in order for them to better understand the subject.

European History

I have taught world history to high school students for more than a decade. Not only do I love the content, my style of teaching incorporates cross subject relevance. In addition as I am special education certified, I am able to better modify lessons so that they are tailored appropriately to my clientele.

Reading

I have been trained in various techniques to help the struggling reader including Read 180, Wilson and Orton Gillingham. I am also certified in special education grades K-12.

Vocabulary

I have taught special education for almost two decades in a variety of settings. I've worked with students whose skills were below grade level. I've helped such students with skills in reading, writing and vocabulary among other subjects. I have developed techniques that improve student's ability to read and write by creating specific scaffolding activities that deconstruct the lesson.

University of Towson
Sports Management
Long Island University
Master's

Education

University of Towson (Sports Management)

Long Island University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Fred will travel within 5 miles of Maplewood, NJ 07040.