Because one of my goals is to prove that studying literature, writing, vocabulary and grammar can be fun, I have created a number of innovative lessons for these strands of learning. So far, I have 143 products posted in my store. In March 2013, my book, The House of Comprehension, will be published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media. Based on Common Core Standards, the program and accompanying activities with Teacher Notes encourages students to construct durable houses of comprehension by combining the study of the elements of literature with any text. Watch for notices about the availability of this book here, and on my website www.teachitwrite.com. Check out the book on http://conniecasserly.weebly.com. As for my products here, veteran teachers and those new to the field can utilize the hands on units and ideas for teaching while honing their skills on how to pace a lesson and to connect it to their state's standards of learning. I am a recently retired (2011) English teacher in the Fairfax County Virginia public school system, where I taught English 12, Journalism 1,2,3 & 4 and Creative Writing 1, 2, & 3. As a result of the Teacher Performance Evaluation instituted by the county, I was awarded the prestigious Career Two Exemplary level status three times. Besides the public high school venue, my teaching background includes an alternative secondary school for behaviorally disadvantaged adolescents, an adolescent psychiatric hospital, and a boys' reform school. Proud of my choice to be an educator, I have always hated the cliche, "Those that can, do; those that can't teach." Through my writing and my role modeling in the classroom, I show that not only do I teach, but I also practice what I preach.
My lessons are planned to be both structured and open-ended as I love student discussions which show that they are sharing their original thoughts and analysis skills. Whether students are discussing character and plot development, symbolism, themes and subtext, utilizing their grammar and writing skills to revise their pieces, or enhancing their vocabularies, they are guided by lessons that have been planned to motivate, to inspire and to challenge them. Creative writing and journalism students are encouraged to think outside the box to come up with original stories,poems or articles that stretch their minds and skills. My goal is to show my students that learning is fun and not a chore. Every day I invite them to explore ways to challenge their minds, to check out others' viewpoints and to believe in the merit of their own thoughts, interpretations and ideas, verbally and in writing.
Six times since 1999 due to students' nominations,students I have been included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers yearly annuals. This honor means a great deal to me since it shows that I have touched the minds and hearts of my charges. My bio has also been included in Marquis Who's Who of American Women three times.
BS.ED: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Work: Multiple credits from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.
I am a published writer of A FINE LINE, a Young Adult book and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. I also write women's fiction. Check out my website: www.teachitwrite.com to see pictures of many of my products sold on TpT. Followers will find some freebies for teaching English, creative writing and journalism. I update it often with teaching ideas. For updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page, Like it, and become a friend. http://www.facebook.com/#!/TeachitWriteOnlineLessonPlans. Follow me on Twitter @ TeachitNow. My blogs can be found on http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com, http://teachitwrite.com/Blog and on http://herndon.patch.com (type: Connie Casserly in the search box:). I'd love to read your feedback.