The College of Idaho (English, secondary education)
In my thirty-five years of teaching, I have worked with students from first to twelfth grade, but more than half of that time has been spent with secondary students. My focus is reading/literature, writing (both creative and formal styles), drama and speech, and I am an "encouraging critic" of English skills who eventually teaches students to critique and correct their own work. As a drama teacher, I have produced and directed over fifty full-length plays on the high school level, as well as worked with many elementary/middle school musical productions.
I believe that active learning stays in the brain, where passive "just so I can pass the test" learning has a very small long-term effect. Therefore, I make lessons as enjoyable as possible, starting with basic rote memorization games and progressing to higher level critical thinking. I encourage students to take responsibility for their learning, so I work with them on developing their personal learning styles and study skills as well.
Life is meant to be lived well, and learning improves the quality of life. As a teacher/tutor, my job is to train pupils to develop skills to be life-long learners. In my thirty-five years of teaching, I have worked with students from first to twelfth grade, but more than half of that time has been spent with secondary students. My focus is reading/literature, writing (both creative and formal styles), drama and speech, and I am an "encouraging critic" of English skills who eventually teaches students to
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My education in the Bible includes college courses in both Old Testament and New Testament history, and Bible doctrine. As an adult, I have taught Sunday School, Children's Church, and Bible study courses using the Precept Bible study method. Precepts is an inductive method of comparing Bible texts to deepen understanding before consulting outside aides such as commentaries.
I have been a drama teacher for over twenty-five years and have taught speech on the high school level for at least five. I have also coached adults and students in giving presentations, helping them to make eye contact, hone their delivery to make their message appealing and powerful, and improve their confidence and poise. As an English teacher for over thirty-five years, I assign and assess several presentations each school year.
The first areas that I work on for a study skills course are time management, learning styles, and methods and devices that fit the individual's style. I have taught all grades from 1 through 12, and am especially experienced with secondary students who must consciously determine what works best for them to learn since rote memory is no longer the main issue; critical thinking and application are.
Drama is my passion, and I have taught high school drama for over 25 years. I also work with children's musicals at church. All in all, I have directed more than 70 plays: one acts, dinner theater musical revues, and full-length works such as Arsenic and Old Lace, The Princess Bride, and Shrew (a musical version of The Tempest). I start with the basics of movement,voice and imagination.Then I move into character development and special drama problems, such as accents.