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University of Dallas (Philosophy)
University of Dallas (Graduate Coursework)
I graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Philosophy and received my Texas Standard Teaching Certificate for English 8-12 in 2013. During the Fall semester of 2013, I took some graduate coursework and was assigned to an Irving ISD high school where I taught and tutored freshman and senior classes and both of which I successfully completed at the end of that same year. Currently, during the day I work as substitute and during the evening I work another job. When I am not doing either of those, I have my face in a good book and do retain the dream of going back to school for a Master's degree in the near future.
I see my strengths in helping adolescents (middle school to high school) improve their reading skills for the purposes of literary analysis and criticism and improving their writing skills for the purposes of developing and writing high school and college level essays. In reading, I show methods which I used in college when reading and trying to understand a text which I anticipated writing a paper on yet are methods accessible high school and middle school students. In writing, I can and do introduce new vocabulary along the way as well as begin to help students to phase out everyday phrases and language which students unfortunately have the habit of working into their papers and similarly improve grammar, but grammar and vocabulary, by themselves, is something I would prefer not to instruct.
Literature is my primary area of both leisure and study. One of my main reasons in becoming a teacher was to reintroduce the great books of the Western cannon to young readers; and while fully aware that my intellectual passion may not be the younger generation's interest, just the observation of how little, and sometimes even not at all, great texts are introduced to students at public middle schools and high schools is dismaying. While students actually enjoying what they are reading or have read is a preferred objective, it is not a primary one; but students should be able to, at a bare minimum, read, understand, analyze, and write on in an intelligent manner appropriate to their age what they have read in order to engage higher critical thinking skills, which practice of prepares them for later study in the same as well as other areas of higher education. In light of what I have heard and seen in public schools, my profession reluctance at this time to obtain a teaching position does not deter from my original belief that, whether as teacher or tutor, I have an opportunity to introduce great books and literary analysis, appreciation, and understanding to students and improve their grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing along the way.
I prefer to tutor at a neutral location such as a coffee shop or public library, the latter being especially helpful and preferred not only for the free internet but also for having primary and secondary sources readily available. I graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Philosophy and received my Texas Standard Teaching Certificate for English 8-12 in 2013. During the Fall semester of 2013, I took some graduate coursework and was… Read more
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