After teaching for 30 years in a variety of venues (public, private and homeschool) and at a variety of levels (5-12th grade, teachers, and adults), I have collected an amazing amount of ideas. Some didn't work very well --so they were thrown out. Others worked at some grade levels more than others. Some had amazing results. Those are the ideas I want to share with other teachers. They are tried, tested and found to offer great results. When I speak at teacher's conventions, (something I have done for over ten years) my classes overflow because the word is out. Year after year I give teachers something they can take home and immediately use with success. I am not bragging here, I am just delighted to share these ideas with you as well. I am committed to helping other teachers have great success with their students. In addition to teaching English, American History and Psychology, I have also formed a summer drama group for kids 6-18. I"ve been doing this for 18 years, and I write my own plays so that kids can all have equal parts and a meaningful character. This is called Creative Youth Theater (www.CreativeYouthTheater.com). I love incorporating drama into my English curriculum as well. It is also a great privilege to gain ideas from other teachers. This is an awesome web site.
CREATIVE! First and foremost. HANDS ON! A short explanation, then try it. IN DIGESTABLE PIECES! Ideas broken down to get one concept at a time with success. WITH VARIETY! Each unit has some new skill to learn, some new adventure to explore with necessary repetition creatively woven into the plans. CHALLENGING! I don't guage the lesson by the lowest student, but give is a variety to appeal to all learning levels. Success at every corner. Challenge in each step, yet not overwhelming. I believe kids will RISE to higher levels than ever imaginable. PRACTICAL! No busy work. There is a reason behind everything to prepare the student for the next step up the ladder of learning and then on to college or success in a profession.
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Okay....I'll be honest. Growing up, I hated school. When everyone told me that I would be a great teacher, I balked. Why would I want to do that and continue the pain? Then one day quite by chance in an emergency, I was called in to teach a middle school class when the teacher had to be taken to the hospital. Much to my great surprise, I found I loved teaching! I went back to school to get my credential with a goal to do it differently than my former teachers. I wanted to "make learning a joy!" That was my personal goal. Now, 30 years later, I am so glad I found my "sweet spot" in life. I went to several colleges and universities to complete my degree, but most of my teaching skills came from trial and error in the classroom while discovering what helps students learn.
I have taught in public school for years, but I have also had the privilege of teaching at Christian schools. I will offer lesson plans that will work in any classroom, and then on some lessons, I will add other ideas to incorporate faith into the lesson if you choose to use that as well. I also teach homeschoolers and will offer lessons that can easily be used in a small homeschool class.
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