I have been teaching middle and high school Literature/Comp for four years now. I have taught a wide variety of subjects (from 7th grade ELA to 12th grade AP Literature). I also have experience teaching a wide variety of learners (from gifted high achievers to struggling below-basic readers). Truly teaching ELA as well as instilling a love of reading and writing in students are all passions of mine. I have led several collaborative teaching teams, have received my gifted and AP Lit certifications, and am currently co-leading a literacy book club called TOME. No matter if your student is struggling to understand the elements of persuasive writing or how to analyze symbols, I am here to help! Students generally find me fun, helpful, and easy to communicate with. I am looking forward to helping your student in whatever way I can!
My enjoyment comes from two areas. One area is helping students achieve those "lightbulb" moments where they finally understanding a concept they struggled with. The other area is getting to discuss books, storytelling, and the components of strong writing (all passions of mine).
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I like to get to know the student a little bit first. I find that learning a student's personality and likes/dislikes early on better helps me relate to that student. Being able to better relate to a student builds a bond of trust and makes working with that student easier and more beneficial.
I have a Masters degree in Teaching ELA (certified 6-12). I also have my gifted certification and AP Literature certification.
This is actually a second career for me, but I'm so glad I made the switch. This is the best way to combine my love of reading/writing and my love of working with students and young adults!
It's hard to typecast a student because each learner has unique needs, skills, personalities, and learning styles. However, I will say that I have been lucky to work in environments with incredibly diverse student populations, meaning I have worked with students of all kinds of learning abilities, handicaps, races, and socioeconoic backgrounds.
I recently started a male mentorship club at my school. We were trying to build interest in the club, so we decided to have a hot wing eating contest after school one day (marketed as the "Spice Challenge"). We had a great turn out and the guys had a lot of fun competing in the different challenges.
I would advise the student to come in with clear ideas of their weak areas or the concepts/skills they are struggling with. I would also advise the student to speak freely, advocate for themselves, and communicate on what is and isn't working with their tutor. There are numerous ways to teach the same concept, so if the student is open and communicating then the right way for them can be found and they will learn!
Students should think through exactly what concepts/skills they need help with, and try to be as specific as possible. For example, saying you need help with persuasive writing is much more vague than saying you need help with creating thesis statements or providing strong supporting evidence.
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