I have over ten years teaching experience at the Elementary and Middle School Levels. Over the last ten years, I have worked in a team setting and particularly enjoyed collaborating with other educators to develop projects and hands on interactive lessons. Using the Backwards Design, we were able to create an entire integrated curriculum in social studies and ELA to meet the state standards and make learning fun. I am a firm believer in Project Based Learning and hands on activities. I believe that itâ€™s essential that students take responsibility for their own learning. In a classroom where students actively solve real problems by asking questions, collaborating, and figuring out viable solutions, the students get to take the initiative in the learning process. By taking risks, learning from their own mistakes, and creating authentic projects, students learn how to think critically as well as learning content matter.