Because one of my goals is to prove that studying literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar and journalism can be fun, I have created a number of innovative lessons for these strands of learning. So far, I have 153 products posted in my store. In March 2013, my book, The House of Comprehension, was 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, in the publisher's TpT store,http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Compass-Publishing, on my website http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/, and on http://www.teachitwrite.com/, Compass's website. 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 Common Core Standards and/or 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 thinking and analytic 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. My plans and activities all follow the three-pronged approach: Show Me, Help Me, Let Me. 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.
This past March, my teacher resource book, THE HOUSE OF COMPREHENSION, was released by Compass Publishing. You can check out this book on their TpT page: www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Compass-Publishing, on www.teachitwrite.com (the publisher's page for the book), and on my site, http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com. I also published A FINE LINE, a Young Adult book about teen dating abuse, and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. Currently, I am completing a women's fiction manuscript. Check out my website:http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com for lesson ideas about many of my TpT products-especially the FREEBIES-for English, creative writing and journalism. For blog updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TeachitWriteLessonPlans Follow me on Twitter @ TeachitNow, and on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/conniecass/ My blogs about educational issues can also be found on http://herndon.patch.com/blogs/connie-casserlys-blog. I'd love to read your feedback.
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