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Chris B.

Brooklyn, NY


I Use a Teaching Method That Helps All Students Learn.

Background check passed as of 9/17/16
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— Angelika, Brooklyn, NY on 1/15/16


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Oxford, UK


Oxford, UK (Politics)


About Chris

The results I've had tutoring both young and older students have been phenomenal, and I say that with humility. I've seen elementary students' grade-level equivalent in reading and math jump from 4th to 8th in a two-week period of daily instruction. Even more importantly, they become calmer, more focused, more at ease, more interested in the subject, and kinder. This is not magic! I owe these results to the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, which I used with great success as a teacher in NYC classrooms for 33 years. This method is based on this principle by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism: "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."

For instance, children learn that words in a sentence are each independent, stand alone, but also need each other for their full meaning to be felt. Children, like adults, want to be independent but oh, how much they want to fit in too. Sentences can teach us how to do this. A single word like "tree" is a oneness of hardness, with the"tr" consonants, and softness, with the "ee" vowels that seem to go up into space. Children are hoping to be strong and also gentle, just as in a beautiful word we feel both at once.

As to math, I have learned that every mathematical procedure, including those students find hard, is a oneness of opposites. Addition and subtraction are opposites we deal with all the time in our lives; even breathing is a oneness of plus and minus, in and out. Multiplication and division are faster than addition and subtraction so we have fast and slow. Place value is all about sameness and difference -- put that digit in the next column and its value changes by ten!

To be clear, all these statements about opposites in the curriculum are not gimmicks. Through this great method young people feel the world makes sense in a new way. They see too that they are connected to the subjects they are studying at school and they learn with new ease and comprehension. When I taught social studies, which I did for many years, I found that students became really interested in history and literally kinder as they saw that history is about their own lives today and that they are related to all people and events of the past. It was thrilling and immensely rewarding to see this.

I have a BA from Oxford and an M. Ed. from CCNY. I've taught reading, math, social studies and science at levels from 3rd grade through high school, in public, private and parochial schools. This has included both accelerated classes and special needs students. I have lots of experience tutoring, including in the past year. I am a child care worker at the Park Slope Food Coop, working mainly with children under five years old. I love learning and I love encouraging children to love knowledge and teaching them how to express themselves through the written language.

One of the things that encourages children at school is seeing connections between things they already like and a subject such as math or reading that may be daunting to them at first. This method is eminently successful at this and it has been one of my joys as a teacher to see a child make relations that has him or her achieve new success at school and even more importantly, new pride at seeing how much they can learn. It works with all the new demands and rigor of the Common Core and the testing associated with it. Education began a long time before the Common Core existed.

I have much experience working with special needs students having various and often multiple diagnoses such as ADD, ADHD, & OCD. Whatever the specific issue or diagnosis. the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method enables children and teens to learn successfully in a way nothing else can.
The results I've had tutoring both young and older students have been phenomenal, and I say that with humility. I've seen elementary students' grade-level equivalent in reading and math jump from 4th to 8th in a two-week period of daily Read more

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"Great Tutor"

- Angelika, Brooklyn, NY on 1/15/16

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Elle, Brooklyn, NY on 12/22/16

"Excellent and patient tutor"

- Nancy, New York, NY on 10/2/16

"Makes it fun for the kids, very positive attitude"

- Daryl, Brooklyn, NY on 1/29/16
Elementary Math
Reading, Writing
American History,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

Oxford grad
Many years teaching HS social studies, mainly US History
Excellent test results
Love of subject

Social Studies

My first degree was in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, UK. My Masters was in Social Studies Education from City College of New York. I taught social studies for more than twenty years with the NYC Department of Education, from 7th grade to 12th grade. I also taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade social studies for several years at private and parochial schools in NYC.

Special Needs

The topic I chose for my M.Ed. was a study of the relative success of advanced-track students and lower-achieving students (now called special needs) in middle school. When I taught high school in NYC, I spent a full year teaching classes of special needs students with no assistant. More recently, I taught ICT/CCT classes, again single-handedly for the first semester. Last year I tutored a 5th grade special needs student who had big problems with math, and she came to not only like it, but to excel at it. I've worked with and been dedicated to helping special needs students throughout my career, and I've had excellent results.

Oxford, UK


Oxford, UK (Politics)


Great Tutor — Great teacher. Helped my daughter with a rather complex project. Patient and polite. Was even willing to give her some extra time beyond the lesson to make sure the task was completed. ...

— Angelika, Brooklyn, NY on 1/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 6 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11218.