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Jed H.

Portland, OR

$45/hour

Building Strengths. Creating Solutions. Achieving. Grades 4-11

$45/Hour


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Brown University
American studies

Education

Brown University (American studies)

About Jed

All students have certain strengths: skills, ideas and intuitions that make them naturally successful in specific subject and content areas. My job is to partner with each learner to identify, understand and deploy these strengths, broadly and strategically, to succeed in the work of learning. Trying to "fix" challenges or improve areas that don't come naturally or easily can be an exercise in frustration and discouragement. Instead, we work as a team to stretch, broaden and tweak the skills the student already has so that they can be used to succeed in an ever wider range of situations and subjects. Real learning and exploring feels good. When students realize the extent to which they already have the raw materials they need to master new material, windows open and progress is inevitable.

I ask questions. Lots of questions. In addition to being naturally curious about people, I work to understand the learning styles and strengths of each student by listening to them explain what they're learning, what they enjoy, what they find tedious, and what gets them stuck. The only area in which I'm dogmatic is in resisting dogma. I don't have a set of lessons or pedagogical tools that I trot out in the same order with each student. Together, we improvise, identify and discover the path to mastery and self-directed learning that is unique to each person.

My personal strengths are in the humanities. My curiosity about the world knows no bounds: I have always been a voracious reader with eclectic interests that compel me to synthesize information and pick out the universal and generalizable aspects of new material, even at the expense of the unique and idiosyncratic. I have found that this process of placing new ideas and concepts within a broader context of subjects and information I've already encountered helps me to draw connections and identify threads that point to key themes and patterns located throughout and across disciplines -- I often find myself asking, for example, what connection is there between laws and language, or between methods of observing and systems of explaining? When I see a learner light up when they recognize the American Revolution as a late iteration of civic ideas and practices stretching back to classical Greece, I know I'm watching real understanding emerge, about how the world works, and how, one way or another, everything is interconnected.

I did very well in my studies and graduated with two bachelor's degrees from Brown. Later, I was privileged to receive a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, which introduced me to the brass tacks of how leaders create change in civic life. My primary career is in nonprofit development and administration, but I took a three year sabbatical to teach preschool. Through tutoring, leading GED test prep classes, coaching high school Coro program participants and facilitating youth-centric workshops, I have always maintained a focus on helping students achieve confidence and momentum as lifelong learners. I cannot think of anything more personally, or socially, rewarding.

I realize this has become abstract. I'm delighted to discuss with learners and their families how I work to support them achieve academic success. Thank you so much for your consideration.
All students have certain strengths: skills, ideas and intuitions that make them naturally successful in specific subject and content areas. My job is to partner with each learner to identify, understand and deploy these strengths, broadly and strategically, to succeed in the work of learning. Trying to "fix" challenges or improve areas that don't Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

I'm happy to work with you and your family to make this work if affordability is an issue

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Portland, OR 97209
Math:
Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Biology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Music:
General Music
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I spent three years as a pre-K instructor and took several classes in Early Childhood Education. I have also tutored several students in elementary school science and math. My mother is a kindergarten teacher and shared with me much of her craft. I understand, from my background in psychology, the critical elements of childhood development, specifically relating to language and skill acquisition. My approach is holistic and includes assessing and evaluating social skills, fine and gross motor coordination and sensory issues.

Brown University
American studies

Education

Brown University (American studies)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

I'm happy to work with you and your family to make this work if affordability is an issue

Travel policy

Jed will travel within 25 miles of Portland, OR 97209.