My teaching methodology involves a combination of the following:
a) A holistic methodological approach - With this method I like to take into the account the student as a 'whole'. Focusing on particulars that need to be addressed in accordance with the students needs. Such as grammar, sentence structure, communication and oral presentation ability and overall presentation of written and verbal response.
b) A comprehensive and strategical approach (methodological and theoretical) - Here is where I (we) will identify the kind of learner the student is. My plethora of material and work experience is extensive in providing the student with necessary information that will be pertinent to areas they would like to improve.
c) Action oriented - Here is where the work we will be conducting, will result in visible and definitive areas of movement and progress in the students sessions. This is crucial in not only building a rapport, more so to boost the self confidence and self esteem and tackling, understanding and comprehending a new language.
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Apply the elements of critical thinking to reading and writing.
2. Respond appropriately to diversity of opinion and conflicting points of view.
3. Avoid, through recognition, bias and logical fallacies.
4. Synthesize others' ideas from verbal and written communication.
5. Apply sound persuasive techniques.
6. Demonstrate effective evaluative and research writing using argumentative and analytical techniques.
7. Assess the strength and validity of others' writing.
8. Employ correct grammar, punctuation and sentence mechanics in written assignments.
Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
Currently I am a tenured Professor at Seneca College. I have worked at Seneca for 10 years. I presently teach/lecture in the Faculty of Arts within the English and Liberal Studies Department. My portfolio currently involves, international students in the writing strategies and communication core classes.
I currently have the following certifications:
M.Ed (York University, 2011)
B.A. (York University, 2006
TESL (Teaching English as Second Language, 2019)
OCT (Ontario College of Teachers, 2007)
PBLA (Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2019)
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Master of Education, York University, Toronto 2011
• Evolution of assistive technology in aiding post-secondary students with accommodations
• Medical and social model perspective on learning disabilities
Certificate in Broadcast Journalism, (concealed information) Toronto, 2013
Bachelor of Education, York University, Toronto 2007
• Certified with the Ontario College of Teachers
Bachelor of Arts (Honors), York University, Toronto 2006
• History and Political Science
TESL Certificate, Seneca College, Toronto 2019
English, Literature, Essay Composition, History and Civilizations, Modern Warfare, Mythology in Cultures, Psychology, Critical Thinking
Professor Seneca College, 2011-Present
SES 410 (Fall 2018, Winter 2019 – Online, Fall 2019- Online)
• Analyzing British detective themed stories and mysteries
• Using on line Wikis, Blogs and Journal group discussion boards to critique, share and discuss the elements that contribute to the stories
• Utilize various facets of Black board including having students upload assignments, tests and assessments
• Compare both fact and fiction through book and movie reviews
• Available access to online materials
CUL 542 (Summer 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Sumer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021)
• Introducing historical material on modern civilizations from 1200 onward
• Utilizing films and historical perspective for further knowledgeable gain
• Comprehensive Black board utilization of assignments, and test based related material
• Use of film and documentary style material
EAC 149 (Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014)
• Create assignments, exams, including grading metrics on Black board
• Provide weekly support to students during office hours
• Develop focused group assignments to promote interdisciplinary skills amongst students
• Create a specialized essay kit composed of structure, composition, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and writing styles activities
• Use a variety of technologies in the classroom to reach a wide spectrum of learners
EAC 150 (Summer, 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Fall, 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014,) / (EAC 150 Online (Hybrid), Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2015, Winter 2017, Fall 2017,Winter 2018, Fall 2018)
• Create assignment, exams, including grading metrics on Black board
• Provide weekly support to students during office hours
• Create essay activities to promote proper editing skills
o Writing assessments
o Critiquing published works
• Introduce fictional and non-fictional works to grasp students’ interests
• Develop writing style activities based on newspapers, magazines and books
ENG 105/106 (Fall 2013, Winter 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021)
• Assessed and evaluate rhetorical, evaluative, and persuasive forms of writing
• Modeled lessons around evaluating facts and opinions, while providing reason and a sound argument
• Created effective oral and written communicative techniques accumulated through writing composition activities
PHIL 100 Humber College (Summer 2017)
• Assessed various figures, theories and ideas related to ancient and modern philosophical points of view
• Used a variety of text and on line material from various authors on the subject matter
GCOM 250 Humber College (Fall 2016)
• Used various writing methodologies to illustrate various techniques
• Created and assessed student work using proper writing and grading metric devices
• Used individual and group work focused activities
• Assignments varied to focus on structure, grammar, composition and style among the areas of interest
SOSC 225 (Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2016, Summer 2017)
• Studies various social effects and matters from a Canadian perspective
• Used a variety of teaching methodologies and exemplars
• Introduced various supplemental material such as documentaries, magazines and books
LSO 210 (Fall, 2012, Fall 2013)
• Developed in depth presentations on the social, political, linguistic and cultural institutions of ancient Greece and Rome
• Developed tests and assignments focused on the connection between the ancient world and today’s modern world
• Introduced movies and books based upon specific Roman and Greek themes
• Explored, through various media presentations on how democracy, barbarism, slavery and morality played out in the ancient world
PSY 100 (Winter 2014)
• Develop lessons that investigate the study of human behavior and the mind through PowerPoint and group presentations
• Lessons involve in depth group handouts to assess the connection between the mind and body
• Create survey activities that help students to determine their own psychological profile
COM 101 (Fall 2018, Summer 2019)
• Reading and analyzing various texts in varying levels of difficulty.
• Utilize various assets in Black board through on line learning.
• Create assignments, exams. Including grading metrics
• Activities designed to promote interdisciplinary skills in various settings
Thornhill Public School, Red Stone Public School, Winfields J.H.S., Bnei Akiva School, Aldergrove P.S., September 2008 – Present
Implemented curriculum to meet ministry standards
Maintained interpersonal and relationship management skills between students, parents and colleagues
Developed organizational skills through maintaining student performance metrics
Maintained a positive class rapport and a welcoming class environment
Faculty of Education, York University, Fall 2008-2009
Special Education AQ Part 1, York University
• Graded assignments and created marking metrics
• Held tutorials with up to 30 students which included creating support material for lectures
• Managed coordination of guest speakers with Professor
Professional Development/Conferences Attended
• Council on Exceptional Children Conference 2008-2012
• York University, Students with disability and the work place seminar 2011
• York University, Learning disability and critical thinking workshop 2011
• York University, Memory and effective learning strategies for students with disabilities workshop 2010
• York University, Writing tips for students with disabilities workshop 2009, 2010
• Degree Symposium 2014
Intern, Special Education Policy and Program Branch
Ministry of Education, Toronto, May - September 2010
Worked with policy team to facilitate implementation of province wide funding for special education programs
Collaborated with the Minister of Education’s Office
Monitored and allocated funding to special education programs within the Ministry of Education
Maintained professional team support through teleconference sessions with stakeholders
Corresponded with the ministry through in-person discussions and e-mail
Business Owner and Tutor R&R Tutoring Plus, 2004 - Present
Organize and assist students with areas such as literacy, writing, reading and guidance with formulating proper essay and written structures
Demonstrate and instruct learning strategies and provide career coaching for high school students
Faculty of Education, York University, 2009-2010
• Conducted research in Special Education under the supervision of Dr. Connie Mayer
• Ontario College of Teachers 2007-present
• TESL Ontario
• Fluent in English (Oral and Written)
• Russian (Oral)
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