Dr. Neil Stanley
Dr. Neil Stanley is a passionate educator with nearly a decade of classroom experience. Whether leading seminars and lectures in University, discussing literature and writing techniques with primary age children or providing one on one tutoring, Dr. Stanley is comfortable in a wide range of academic settings.
Dr. Stanley received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Guelph in 2011, his Master of Arts in History from Western University in 2012 and his Doctor of Philosophy in History from Western University in 2017. His research deals with sports, communal identity and the legacy of deindustrialization.
Dr. Stanley has been working at Wells Academy since 2018. He currently teaches Critical Reading Creative Writing for Grade 3-4, 5-6, 7- 9, Gr.10+, Advanced Writing for Gr.5-6 and Gr.7-9.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending long hours researching film history, snuggling with his dogs Buddy and Daisy, and composing songs on his guitar.
September 11-December 18, 2023
The main goal of this course is to teach students habits that will help them to improve as writers. Writing is a process. It’s something that requires consistent practice and patience. It’s a retreat inwards, where an individual can spend time alone with the intricacies of their thoughts. To get lost in this inner world and to come out of it with insight, desire and a plan is the joy of writing. Without practice and patience, this rewarding feeling will become inaccessible. View more
Critical Reading Creative Writing
The main goal of this course is to help students develop their critical thinking skills. Students are assigned 1-2 novels or several short stories over the course of the semester. All students are expected to complete reading assignments each week for homework. This is important. Not only will it help students to develop a healthy and regular relationship with literature, it will allow them to get more out of the course. By knowing the novel, students will be able to engage more with class discussion. They will learn to consider the writer’s intentions and the decision making that goes into constructing a novel. They will learn to recognize the structure of writing, its patterns and the themes it emphasizes. They will learn that literature does not exist in a void but can always be connected to the world, to history, to lived experience and to their own lives. Hopefully, this course will help them to develop an appreciation of literature that exists outside of school. An appreciation that will enrich their lives and help them recognize the beauty of writing. View more