University fo Wisconsin - Whitewater (Education)
I taught for 24 years and my experiences were in 7th, 8th, 5th, and 3rd grade. I taught all subject areas in elementary school and English & Earth Science in middle school. My real specialty became connecting the concepts being taught to the hobbies and interests of my students. I wanted to make the learning worthwhile and relevant and create a purpose for each to learn. I will research areas that I am not familiar with if a student has an interest that I need more details about so the material we are learning will connect. I like comparing concepts to topics that each student is interested in so they can see how parts fit together. Creative connections will always be the method I use to teach and tutor.
I taught for 24 years and my experiences were in 7th, 8th, 5th, and 3rd grade. I taught all subject areas in elementary school and English & Earth Science in middle
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I have written bible application rhymes that focus on how each of us can live together peacefully using the Word as our guide. Of course one has to admit that the Bible is a guide to live by its principles for these rhymes to make sense. I do enjoy the challenge of discovering where in the Bible one can find references to certain topics and check the meaning for each of us according to the Word. This is certainly a never-ending process with much to learn continuously.
I spent 5 years at the 7th grade level teaching Grammar and Composition. Most of the time was spent teaching how to use the Parts of Speech in building sentences. Once that was accomplished, the use of a Thesaurus helped add more clarity and variety using words that were not really commonly thought of the first time around. I spent time reinforcing the concepts by including my students in activities where they were involved in an activity and the language 'came alive' so to speak as they became part of it literally during the activity.
I also taught Earth Science at the 8th grade level. My use of analogies made some of the concepts more relevant to my students. Many of analogies referred to pizza, sub sandwiches, and ice cream dishes that the students were familiar to most everyone. I also spent several years teaching all subjects at the 5th grade and 3rd grade level. Reading and Math were the most focused on subject areas although concepts in other subject areas were important too.
Over the past 16 years I have learned six different distinct golf swings. Each of these swings has been verified by a professional of each method. Because of this direct experience, I have become the most qualified alternative golf instructor anywhere. No one else has learned several swing methods and actually played golf with each one.
I am now an alternative golf instructor with a PGA Professional. He represents the complete traditional swing method where I now represent and teach a shortened version of the traditional swing. Now I recommend standard equipment and in many cases there are only three to five clubs one needs to play respectable golf. I have also invented another design for a golf visual that shows one where to swing the club to attain quality shots.
During my 24 years of teaching I rewrote songs that went along with any selected theme. These are considered parodies. I like using the rhyming dictionary that follows sounds and provides a huge list of possible rhyming words. Recently, I finished writing learning rhymes that are part of a puppetry program for math and health. I can write rhymes for any topic and I am able to rewrite the lyrics for songs if I can hear the music first.
Some examples of songs I rewrote are: Fast-times to 'Don't eat before you ride' for Footloose: Drive me deep in the fairway for 'Take me out to the Ballgame': Chemistry terms for Jingle Bells song, with the Bonding the Atoms for Jingle all the way part of the chorus. I simply enjoy designing the rhyme and working with others on the same goal.