I tutored classmates in high school and elementary and high school students at the Dome Project in their after school and summer program. I taught at DeWitt Clinton High School for a year and a half before moving onto to other public service work. I take an interdisciplinary approach, using other subjects or real-world topics to help illustrate points and elicit learning. I enjoy exploring, observing, and finding the student's process for learning and, I receive tremendous fulfillment watching a student gain knowledge and applying it academically or in real life. Over the years I developed facilitator and listening skills and am conscientious about strengthening emotional intelligence so I can discern where there is a learning gap or a frustration (based on student's assumption or what they are not grasping). I help break down the teaching into smaller steps (e.g. using Socratic or developmental learning where appropriate or some other approach like Dr.Leonard Covello's broaching of local community problems to which they can relate).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Harvard University - Masters, Public Policy
Ethnic Restaurants, Film, Theatre, Acting, Writing, Producing, Reading History and Biographies
Q & A
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This would depend on the source of the challenge for the student. For example, if they cannot understand the sentence because they cannot pronounce what they are reading, I might break out words into syllables and help them pronounce that word. I might show them a similar sounding word with which they are more likely to be familiar. If they can pronounce a sentence, but still don't understand the sentence, then the problem have to do with the use of a vocabulary word in that sentence. So I might explore the root words within the word (or any Latin or Greek origins or the word, if that helps). I might compare the word with similar words (e.g. words with similar prefixes and suffixes).