For 20 years or so I've been teaching writing in the business world. A few years back I discovered that my methods for teaching grammar and usage worked with kids, starting with my own -- e.g., helping my teenage son prepare for standardized tests. Teaching grammar and writing to kids is now a hobby, and I get really passionate about teaching Shakespeare. I'm currently teaching an English course called "History & Literature of the Middle Ages."
I'm a big believer in lesson design. When designing grammar or writing lessons, I strive to serve both the teacher and the student, breaking down any subject into 1) a series of topics the teacher finds easy to manage and deliver, and 2) a series of challenges the students find interesting and winnable. Most important: With grammar, I'm convinced that the coolest stuff — the best learning — takes place in the activities.
Edwin L. Shuman Award for prose writing.
B.A. in English from Northwestern University. I am now a sometime lecturer to undergrad business students at Baruch College (CUNY) and to MBA students at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
I served in the Peace Corps for three years in West Africa. I lived in the Republic of Mali, in a small village on the southern edge of the Sahara. Most of my energy was devoted to water projects, organizing well-digging for 26 villages in the area.