I believe that an educator needs to be able to determine their pupils' spoken and unspoken needs, then provide those things specifically. The face to face times are the "hot" moments when a teacher can lead a student to solve their own dilemmas, when possible. They are also the times when a teacher can show their student exactly where the treasure is buried, where X marks the spot, or reveal the best answer to a question.
Southern New Hampshire University - Bachelors, English and Creative Writing
Naropa University - Masters, Creative Writing and Poetics
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I pay attention to what the student needs to learn. I teach through examples and the practical application of fundamentals in order to bring students to the level of advancement they seek.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first class is a good way to gauge a student's ability and what they are looking for. I like to start by asking questions and encouraging the student to tell me for what they need out of their sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It seems that the best learners are confident in their abilities to learn. By confirming that the students are leaving with what they have come to take away, I am assisting them in the process of continuing the lessons on their own after class has ended.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to set up short-term goals, with milestones to that goal. This enables a student to chart their progress and see how well they are able to do in a short amount of time.