I have been a teacher with inner city youth for ten years. I have had the pleasure of learning from and teaching African American struggling readers in the same neighborhood throughout my career. I have learned to think outside of the box and adapt materials to fit the needs of my students and provide them with the habits of mind and experiences needed to become successful college graduates. Please visit my blog at http://elacommoncore.com/
I do not feel that I fall into one particular teaching style, a sentiment I am sure many teachers share. My lessons usually consist of whole group direct instruction using high interest culturally relevant materials to hook the students interests, modeling, guided work, and independent work. I always begin class with a warm up that connects to the day's work and serves as an assessment of prior knowledge. I end class with a formative assessment to check for understanding. I have a compassionate teaching style, and adapt according to my students' needs. I exhibit the qualities of formal authority, delegator, and facilitator, depending on what part of the lesson I am teaching.
I was awarded the Students First and Outstanding Teaching award at my school in 2011.
I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education English and Professional Writing, with a minor in Literature. I am currently finishing up my Master's degree in Reading at Edinboro University.
I have a one-year-old daughter who is the love of my life. She amazes me every day with her curiosity and intelligence. I also consider my students my "babies" as well, and love them as if they were my own. I followed my students from grade 9 to 12th grade when they graduated last year. I continue to keep in touch with many of my "babies," and it is amazing to watch them blossom into successful young adults. In the environment that I teach, there are also many hardships to endure, such as losing many of my students to violence or trying to provide to support to children who do not have what they need at home. Hopefully, establishing strong relationships with my students and providing them with a positive educational experience will turn some of my children away from life on the streets and a violent end. The Common Core standards can be taught using high interest, culturally relevant materials. I hope that my materials help you capture the interest of your students, for I have found that there are not many resources out there for teachers like me.
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