I’m an English Professor. I’m a homeschooler. And I’m passionate about teaching and helping learners find and express their voices through writing.
Hello there! I’m Dr. Melissa Hudler, a professor of English at Lamar University, as well as a homeschooler (and budding unschooler). I had already been teaching for 17 years when my husband and I recognized the need to begin educating our child at home–although we both still need to work at this point. Fortunately, however, my teaching position affords me the flexibility to work outside the home and homeschool, with the help of my self-employed husband and in-laws. We’ve been homeschooling for only about 2 1/2 years, so I’m here to offer help with what I know best: college composition and literature instruction–as well as how to survive and thrive in the college classroom.
I began my college teaching career as a freshman composition instructor and still regularly teach the course. However, my PhD is in Renaissance Studies (Shakespeare rocks!), and I also teach courses in ethics and health humanities. In addition, I worked in faculty development for 5 years as the Director of Lamar University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. In this position, I created and facilitated workshops in outcomes-based course design, learning-centered syllabus design, student-centered teaching practices, and learning assessment (beyond quizzes and tests!). Thus, I can help you implement research-based teaching and assessment best practices without sacrificing your home- or unschooling philosophy, approach, and creativity. In fact, you might find that what I have to offer will enhance these for you.
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The Homeschooling Professor is dedicated to helping parents prepare their homelearners for the reality and rigors of college-level composition and literature study.
While the resources and guidance on this site are grounded in college-level pedagogy, some of what you will find here is general enough to be tailored to younger learners. This is true because the writing process and requirements for analytical and critical thinking are not dependent upon grade level or age. What changes is the difficulty level of the reading and writing assignments. Thus, with appropriate adjustments, you can use the same resources with, for example, your older teen and your tween.
My purpose with this site is to address the student struggles I’ve witnessed in my 20+ years of teaching college English at Lamar University. Most students enter my classes unprepared, some severely so, for the rigors of college composition and literature courses and for the expectations of critical and analytical thinking. And it’s not just my experience.
I also aim to assist parent-teachers with efficient and effective composition and literature instruction and development of critical thinking skills. And by efficient, I mean assignments that essentially create themselves. Oh yes, let’s not forget the confidence to tackle this work. I gotcha covered there too!
Are you ready to prepare, truly prepare, your college-bound learner?
Then please contact me!