I am a retired high school teacher of English, history, psychology/sociology, ESL, and other social studies. My teaching career spanned 1969 to 2003, with the last 27 years spent at York Memorial Collegiate Institute in Toronto Canada and the last twelve of which I served as Department Head of History and Contemporary Studies. From 1973-1975 I taught English at the Toronto French School, and before that I had teaching assistantship positions at The Ohio State University and Scarborough College of the University of Toronto and part-time teaching in the English Department of the then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, now Ryerson University.
My teaching style was an eclectic one with a heavy emphasis on student involvement and active participation. Although I gave the occasional lesson by lecture or Socratic questioning, the majority of my teaching techniques involved role playing, simulation exercises, use of media, guest speakers, and field trips. Perhaps the best way to describe my teaching style is the "empathetic method," and I see education as an exploration of people and ideas, not as indoctrination. In 1980 I was asked by my principal to inititate at York Memorial Collegiate a senior level course in "The Canadian Family in Perspective," a combination of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, with a focus on "the family." This course became quite popular over the years with its participatory assignments. Also, my experience as a student of Professor Marshall McLuhan in the early 1970's gave me a life long appreciation of the roles of new media and technologies on society.
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I attended Euclid High School in Euclid, Ohio, graduating in 1963. I received my B.A. from Oberlin College in 1967 and my M.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 1969. I did graduate work at University of Toronto from 1969 to 1972, and then I received my B.Ed. degree in education from the University of Toronto in 1976. I also was an associate teacher, taking on student teachers from University of Toronto.
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