Ten years in the University/Community College setting teaching English literature, composition, and grammar. Three plus years teaching English/Language Arts in grades 9-12. Much experience as a tutor and a strong background in using technology in the classroom. I have also taught in an alternative school setting.
Varies depending upon the setting and audience, but whatever is most effective for the subject, setting, classroom, and student. If given a choice for reading instruction, I prefer close-reading and analysis with an emphasis on author agendas and motives. I also use an analytical approach when teaching composition and mechanics. This is most effective when seeking to assist students in achieving mastery of the skills/material. Further, I enjoy contextualizing many literary works and perform a great deal of cross-curriculum instruction toward this end.
Summer 2007 Eastern Kentucky University Writing Project Teacher-Consultant; Eastern Kentucky University Department of English and Theater, Writing Award for Graduate Fiction, short story, "The Half-Light"; International Summer School, 1987, University of Cambridge (England), Board of Extra Mural Studies, Certificate of Attendance for The Shakespeare Texts. Highly Qualified Educator, Clay County Board of Education, Manchester, Kentucky.
Boyd H. Anderson H.S, Lauderdale Lakes, FL, 1985; Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BA in Liberal Arts, 1993; Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, MA in Liberal Studies, 1995.
I believe very strongly that teachers need more instruction/education/preparation in their area of certification. Many teachers and administrators are highly educated and trained in effective instructional and classroom management strategies, but are not well trained in their core content. This lack accounts for many of the ills and evils that plague nearly every school system in the United States.