I am a professional writer with an interest in educating tomorrow's writers, thinkers, and creators.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning shouldn't be a chore.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess where we're at: what skills do we need to acquire? Where do we already excel? And how can we use the areas of strength to make some headway in the areas of opportunity? We will also discuss learning style so we can tailor lessons to be most effective.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to ask questions instead of giving answers right away. The thing that students don't know yet is that NO ONE has the answers at the beginning, so getting upset about not knowing them doesn't help. If you learn how to ask the right questions, however, you'll be able to learn for the rest of your life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reassess! There's nothing worse than performance pressure. We can take a step back, try a different learning style, ask different questions, or make it a game.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We learn how to write on the page. I like to "talk back" to my books, and I've found that actively engaging in conversation through annotation has helped me tremendously as a reader.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make it fun. Most of the time, we start out hating whatever we're learning, specifically because we have to learn it. If we can reframe the subject in context through metaphor, through humor, games, or other exciting ways, then we can usually generate excitement where none would otherwise be.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions! I love to be taught by my students. If you can explain a concept to me, then I know that I did my job right.