I teach middle school language arts in Georgia. My favorite focuses right now are critical and creative thinking, interdisciplinary connections, and media and technology integration.
My kids sometimes say, "You're one of those freedom teachers." I don't mind noise in the room as long as it's productive, and if a kid needs to stand while he writes his story, so be it! If someone made me sit in a desk for 6-hours, I'd be crazy. I try to have fun, and I think the most productive class periods are the ones when I don't have to talk much at all. The kids know what to do, and they're busy doing it! I do have rules and guidelines, of course, and I really make sure to teach procedures/protocols--which is something elementary teachers are great at, but sometimes middle school teachers lose.
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I have a BS and M.Ed. in English Education. My research for my M.Ed. was on teachers' perceptions of the purpose of the statewide writing assessment: its reliability and uses. I had some awesome professors during my time at each university--my favorites taught me about caring about kids first, so you can connect them to the content you love in a more meaningful way.
I've lived overseas a few times in my life, and I still wonder if life might lead me into TESL/TEFL/TESOL or teaching abroad.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, European History, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Economics , Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Halloween, Informational Text