I am a University Lecturer in Canada and teach in the General Education department. I have also taught at the college level (Montreal – Humanities department) and at a high school in New York City (English and History). All told, I have over 11 years teaching experience. While in Montreal, I developed courses that focused on various themes: justice, knowledge, evil, compassion, and courage, to name a few. I chose texts at various levels of difficulty (similar to reading complexity circles) and discovered that this approach to learning works well. In all of my courses I have texts of varying complexity: • A FULCRUM text that has multiple layers of meaning – a work that is historically significant in the development of Western culture – usually a philosophical core text; • A CONTEXT text that is slightly more accessible to students and is usually considered a “classic”; • A TEXTURE text – broadly construed – it is usually a film or a political speech. The college in Montreal was a CEGEP where I taught grade 12 and first year university. I was hired at my current university because of my ability to integrate "accessible" texts with core texts from the Western canon. In addition, I have been an SAT tutor (Critical Reading and Writing) for over fifteen years.
Socratic method. I balance core texts with more user friendly "texts" so that students are gradually drawn into literature, critical thought, and philosophy.
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I have a BA (Hons) and an MA from the University of Toronto.
I am also a writer with experience in short stories, screenplays, children's books, and novels.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Specialty), English, Film, History, Judaic Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Other, Canadian History, British History, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Instructional Technology, General Science, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Coaching, Test Preparation, End of Year, Close Reading, Women's History Month