My background spans a lifetime in teaching pre-schoolers to university Masters candidates... including my original lessons for teachers on how to use The Arts to be better teachers. My passion has always been teaching, and I have been presented with several awards for my methods and results. As a university professor I taught English Literature, Writing, Theatre, Art, Scenic Design, and Graphics. As a High School teacher I spent years in the English, Art, Drama, History, Social Studies, Scien... [more]
My methods are simple? I do my best to make it imaginative and fun for the student to learn the subject? whatever that subject may be. I inspire creativity and hard work in my students. I've taught Writing, Reading, Spelling & Comprehension, Drama, Music and Art to students from pre-school to university level. Teaching Reading is fundamental, and there are a variety of techniques that I use, depending on the age and skill level of the reader. 1) My Pre-K students work on letters and letter sounds. 2) Kindergarteners through Second Grade are taught an orderly progression of explicit Phonics Lessons and, as the children become competent and confident readers, I push them to discover books that will excite them... building up their comprehension through weekly word study, spelling tests and story analysis. 3) As the students get older, I use illustrations, sounds and context to help the reader pick out and decipher words. The more competent at reading he/she becomes, the more I minimize the study of language and devote time and energy to getting them excited about words, reading, and books.
My methods are simple? I do my best to make it imaginative and fun for the student to learn the subject? whatever that subject may be. I inspire creativity and hard work in my students. I've taught Writing, Reading, Spelling & Comprehension, Drama, Music and Art to students from pre-school to university level. When I was in High School myself, I won a major publishing scholarship for my writing, and scored a perfect 800 on the Language portion of my SAT. I am an award-winning writer for the stage, and have had my work performed all over the world. I am taking time off from a very taxing schedule to get back to my first love of Teaching. Here is a comment by a former student of mine: "I am currently a High School teacher in Colorado and can directly see the influence of Stan on my career and life. And throughout my work, I have never worked with anyone with so much energy, talent, vision and inspiration." Shelby S.
My methods are simple? I do my best to make it imaginative and fun for the student to learn the subject? whatever that subject may be. I inspire creativity and hard work in my students. I've taught Writing, Reading, Spelling & Comprehension, Drama, Music and Art to students from pre-school to university level. Depending upon what area(s) in English you need help with, we will design a program together that tackles the issue. English and Language Arts include five basic categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Viewing. 1) For an Elementary School student, my Language Arts lessons focus on basic Reading, Writing and Language/Communication skills. 2) For a Middle School student, the English curriculum expands to include more complicated Reading Comprehension, such as fiction, poetry and essays. We'll also include grammar (and semantics) as part of lessons. Students will practice skills that encompass poetry and creative writing. A student in Middle School is expected to expand his/her vocabulary and develop a more mature grasp of the five categories (Reading, Writing and Language/Communication skills). 3) My High School students work on analytical skills. Tutoring generally revolves around reading from novels, essays and other forms of literature. I'll ask students to analyze, interpret and dissect written material in order to compare, contrast and discuss elements, like theme, characters and plot. Writing skills and creativity are necessary at this point and typically call for an essay or research paper. High school English is a comprehensive study, combining the five skills of Language Arts (Reading, Writing and Language/Communication). 4) English is also a crucial component of college preparation, getting students ready for the extensive research and analytical skills they will be expected to utilize throughout their college careers. I will help them learn to look critically at everything from Robert Frost to Poe to Shakespeare.
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I am a university professor with a great deal of teaching experience with ages 4 to 16 as well. I use many methods, including The Arts, confidence-building and imagination techniques to teach spelling. I work on spelling, reading, phonics, art and arithmetic with my four and a half year old... and he is at the head of his class.
I have been an educator, both in academia and privately, all of my life -- from pre-schoolers to University students. Coaching my students on how to study, take exams and audition/interview are among my strongest areas. Good study habits are as individual as the student himself/herself. I help create these habits by getting to know the individual and directing them in a way that makes a subject interesting and enjoyable to them. I have a proud success rate for my students' achieving their goals... sometimes against great odds. I still receive letters from grateful students I've tutored, thanking me for teaching them how to study.
I have been an instructor of theatre at several colleges and universities since 1981 (including RADA). I've also done hundreds of residencies in high schools and universities. I am a theatre professional with ten Artistic Directorships to my name, and a library of original shows that are performed world-wide. There is nothing in the theatre that I cannot teach, including acting, directing, writing, dialects, scenic design, and stage make-up. In fact, over the past five years, I have coached ten- and eleven-year-olds for their auditions to the School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. Each year over 400 students audition for a dozen positions. All nine of my students were accepted. I am extremely proud of this!
I am not only an artist and graphic designer, but trained in architecture, which requires strict handwriting skills. I am also a writer and director for the stage, and have to give constant handwritten notes to stage managers, costumers, assistant directors, actors and producers. As a college professor, I have spent years writing notes on papers and chalkboards, and as a grade school teacher I have taught both printing and handwriting. My handwriting is studied and I get regular compliments on both my printing and handwriting.