Tutor profile: Emilio J.
I'm not sure if I should write this answer in Italian. I'm half-Italian, half-Puerto Rican, and I already speak Spanish, so in college, I wanted to connect with the other half of my identity, Italy, like many countries has a rich and diverse history, and getting my Italian degree was learning the language, the history and the literature of that country. It was very intense, but it was very fun!
What's a hot take you have about writing?
Ordinary conventions are overrated, and the best writers break those conventions all the time. One of the most important literary and historical works of our time, Letters from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King features sentences that are paragraphs long. Chinua Achebe told a story from a perspective few people had every heard at the time and made it huge; I could list so many examples. I honestly believe that most people are talented writers, the education system has just taught them that only one type of writing exists. They've been taught to write inside of the box. I want to teach people to write outside of the box, because that's where the true value is.
What do you wish more people understood about teaching?
I wish that more people understood the importance of learning differences. I had a very hard time learning to read as a child. I came from a very difficult upbringing and as a result, my performance in school suffered. It got so bad that by the time I reached the 8th grade, I had a standardized reading level at about 2nd grade. I taught myself how to read not by asking my teachers for help, but by playing video games. I sat down with a dictionary and Dark Clout 2, and taught myself how to read. As an educator, I've dedicated myself to making myself open to unconventional methods of learning, and I believe that this truly is the most effective way to have students succeed. Not everyone is cut from the same cloth, but most people know the type of cloth they like, right?
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