- Levels Taught:
- Middle School, High School, College
I have lots of experience designing history curriculum and tutoring students to pass all types of history exams. I taught American history for 7 years and world history for 5.
History, at its core, is nothing more than a selection of fascinating stories that utilize pattern recognition to analyze. By presenting history as a blend of creative stories, students will find that the material can be presented in a way that intrigues them.
Moreover, a solid history lesson combines the following:
-practice with reading comprehension
-practice using pneumonic devices to retain information
-practice breaking down historical writing into discrete skills that students easily build on to achieve mastery
-practice engaging with historical characters as if they were real people to engage and help with memory
-practice breaking down an entire history course into several discrete "history skills" that lead to better comprehension
I can promise rapid growth in grades and test scores for any student struggling in any history or social studies class, and fun while doing it!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10 to 25 and special needs
- Teaching since:
History has always been my passion. After studying history in college, I dove headfirst into teaching middle school. In my first year as a teacher, 100% of my students passed their state exam in history! In the following years, I eventually became the department chair and teaching coach for others in my school, and designed curriculum and wrote assessments that were used by several other teachers. After teaching for several years at a high-performing charter school, my students were consistently the highest scorers in our network for many years in a row.
After working with thousands of students, I am excited to craft unique lessons for my students and have seen incredible growth amongst students who initially claim "they just don't like" history or that history is "just not for them."
I can't wait to get started!
Responsible for implementation of school’s history program across all grades
Provided weekly mentoring and feedback on lesson plans and in-class observations to history department teachers to ensure top results on standardized history assessments
Conducted annual review of department teachers
Repeatedly led students to largest gains and highest scores in the charter network
Maintained routine family contact for all students
Conducted quarterly data analysis to respond to student assessment results
Houston Independent School District Top Quintile Teacher
100% state exam pass rate for all instructional years
Tani is the best tutor my son has ever had! Not only is he a true expert, but he finds ways to engage even the most low confidence kids and excite them about what they are learning. He loves history, politics, literature and writing and this passion for learning shines through. He is also humorous and loveable, and was able to push my son to his highest grades! I highly recommend Tani to anybody and every one- it has been absolutely wonderful!+ Read More