An Odyssey of Learning

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An Odyssey of Learning
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"Students should outgrow their teachers and the curriculum to become independent readers and thinkers."
 
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This clearly organized worksheet is designed to maximize information, organization, critical thinking, and page space. So many literacy experts stress the need for Wide Reading, the reading of a variety of texts from multiple academic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Homework, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, CCRA.W.9
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This short project (about two weeks total time) is designed to bring Gifted and Talented projects back into GATE. Sure, we need to be rigorous in our instruction of GATE English classes to prepare them for AP English and College down the road,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Ancient History, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, GATE
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6
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This simple worksheet serves as a frame for sentence variety practice. Students either create their own simple sentences, or use sentences supplied by their teacher, and then practice creating more complex sentences using the following five skills:
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
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Ancient Greek Mythology Genealogy is complicated. This interactive white board Power Point let's the teacher click on famous lover and see their off-spring. I made this a few years ago when I was trying to come up with a clear way to allow
Subjects:
Ancient History, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons, Interactive Whiteboard
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A simple tool that allows teachers to conveniently record their reading assignments for Romeo and Juliet activities. This list includes each of the characters in alphabetical order for ease of reference. Tables for six total periods are included
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
9th
Types:
Classroom Forms
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

While in college I worked as a freelance Curriculum Developer for Gibbs Smith Publishing. I have been teaching English 9 since 2010 and also ELD since 2011. I currently teach in the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, California at South High School (Go Rebels!) I have taught all levels of English 9, remedial levels of English 10, a test prep class for the ELA CAHSEE (a discontinued state graduation requirement), and various levels of ELD. I currently teach English 9, all levels including GATE, and ELD 1 Beginner for newcomers to the USA. I have created much of my curriculum on the way, and I have been running a near-paperless classroom of 1:1 Chromebooks for the last three years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a strong focus on collaborative and independent work in my classroom. We learn more by doing and trying than anything else. Almost everything we do uses technology in some way, and I am known for hating paper on my campus. I like to think that my instruction has been heavily influenced by the work of Sugata Mitra and the Self Organized Learning Environment. I also strive to meet students where they are, and I work heavily with reluctant readers in remediation. I use comic books and Star Wars to supplement much of my instruction, but we still handle the typical tasks of English Language Arts education.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Attended Rider University as a Secondary Education and English Literature double-major before graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English Teaching.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am obsessed with mythology. The only elective I ever chose in college was Honors Greek and Roman Mythology. I am an avid comic book reader, with a concentration in DC (especially Superman) and I dabble a little bit in Marvel. I am also a Star Wars super-fan, and when I am not creating curriculum, grading papers, or fighting technology, I cosplay with my wife and children at various conventions in Southern California.

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