6th-technical college and GED Also taught at a juvenile detention facility in grades 6-12th including HISET
I am visual and hands-on. I try to make the work relevant and practical to the students. I include art activities whenever possible to make the learning fun. The biggest problem is convincing the students they can do the work and getting them to trust me. I believe in establishing a supportive environment with no judgment from anyone. I also believe in making the student's work look great and showcasing it in the classroom. I find something they can do well and show it off to develop the student's self-esteem. If the student turns the work in and does his best, I will usually give him at least a C score. My rationale is that I can work with bad work, but I can't work with nothing.
I have written a children's book which I am working to publish, collaborated in writing a book, Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times in which I have 3 pieces, collaborated with Partners in Education program to produce a newspaper supplement showcasing the PIE program for two years, worked with the special sections coordinator to create a personal finance literacy game and educational supplements for teachers and promo materials to support those projects, coordinated the writing corner of the Kid Scoop page of The Daily Advertiser. Several programs were featured in NIE Information Service Newsletter and Press Time Magazine.
I have a BA in Speech/English Education and a MED in secondary education with a minor in English. I retired at 20 years and worked for 10 years as a Newspapers in Education coordinator, helping teachers to use newspapers creatively in the classroom. Then, I worked at the college level for a couple of years. I taught GED at the prison for 5 years and ELA for almost 2 years at a private, non-profit juvenile detention facility.
I am a recently retired teacher (June 2017) looking to work on writing books and copywriting for businesses in the education niche. I have 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and one great grand child.