I’m passionate about helping learners find and express their voices through writing, and guiding homeschooling parents in writing instruction and evaluation.
I’m Dr. Melissa Hudler, a professor of English at Lamar University, and a homeschooler. I have been teaching college writing and literature courses for over 20 years and have 10 years combined experience as director of my university’s Writing Center and director of our Quality Enhancement Plan/Faculty Development. My teaching and administrative positions provide me with experience 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 that will enhance your homeschool English curriculum.
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About the Site
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!