I have been teaching English since 1998, and have been teaching in the same school district since 1999. After being hired to teach eighth grade ELA, I knew my calling was to teach middle school. The age group and the lack of insightful and comprehensive resources for middle school was a challenge that I truly enjoyed, and I still enjoy. Designing my own units, without using lesson plans from textbooks or other resources, has become a focal point of my teaching. I have complete units for several novels, poetry, short stories, grammar, and various types of writing. All of the units include daily objectives, full guided discussions, homework questions, assessments, and other activities ranging from literature circles to web-quests or group projects. My philosophy is rooted in the belief that actual English teachers should be the people designing lessons; not people who have never set foot in a classroom who work for a textbook company or a publishing company designing lesson plans.
Teaching is about varying instruction and acting as a facilitator for students; this method leads students to find the answers on their own through our guidance. When I teach literature my focus is to go beyond the notion of comprehension to encourage students to make deeper connections to the text including the literary elements present in a story. This method creates a new way of reading for students and also establishes a Socratic atmosphere in the classroom.
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I have a bachelors degree in criminology with a minor in English and a masters degree in English and secondary education.
I have been very blessed to be a mother of four young children (between ages 6-12) as it has helped shape my understanding of children and education. Being a mother is the most wonderful thing I have ever done; it is my greatest accomplishment.