Kent State University (English)
University of Akron (Master's)
Hello! My name is Joseph. My tutoring experience dates back to when I was attending college where I tutored many students at different levels in the education system. From middle school students that needed help writing, to high school students in English class, and ultimately, college-level students, I have helped lots of kids.
I earned my BA in English from Kent State University, as well as a minor in Writing. Additionally, I hold a Master's degree in Education from the University of Akron, and am seeking another Master's degree from Cleveland State University.
I like to think of my classroom as a group tutoring session. The idea is to give each student the individual attention they need and deserve, but in a group setting. So, I try to do the same when it comes to tutoring, where it's much easier because of the one on one interaction and/or small group setting.
When teaching, I do my best to employ as many different methods as I can. I listen to the student and adapt my teaching methods to suit how they best respond. Today, it's important to make the material relevant. Why should the student care about what is being taught to them? It's important that the teacher care about the material and inspire the student to do the same.
In a public speaking class, where students' fears are obvious and understandable (speaking in public is at the top of everyone's biggest fear list)I feel it is important to get the student to feel comfortable, so I spend a portion of each class period allowing them to respond to different prompts I give them. I ask questions, they get to respond in their own voice, and in the process, the class gets to know one another.
I use this exercise as a springboard into a larger lesson that we can build on. I use examples of good and bad speeches to illustrate what are desirable speaking skills and more often than not, students are surprised at the power of words. I feel satisfaction when students come up to me later saying that they actually watched a speech on television and found themselves critiquing it and actually enjoying it.
I employ similar strategies when teaching composition. It's a process. I begin by getting them to write, to find their voice, then gradually focus on the mechanics. Here, like getting someone to speak in public, getting them to put something down on paper is perhaps the most difficult thing. I make the material matter to the student; I try to make it interesting.
I have a diverse background, having been exposed to different cultures, and feel that relating to students is another one of my strengths. This, together with making the material relevant, comprise what I believe to be most important about teaching. The teacher is there for the student; the student is not there for the teacher. My experience is in Language Arts. I have taught literature, composition, and public speaking. Hello! My name is Joseph. My tutoring experience dates back to when I was attending college where I tutored many students at different levels in the education system. From middle school students that needed help writing, to high school students in English class, and ultimately, college-level students, I have helped lots of kids.