I spent three years teaching English as a Second Language in China and while working there met my wife and became fluent in Chinese. I have been teaching in the States now for going on five years at a middle school in Central Wisconsin. I have taught 6-8 Social Studies here: Ancient Civilizations, Geography, and Government. I teach high school U.S. History during the summers. My specialty is in reading interventions as RtI is taking over everything.
I am a master of differentiation as my students' needs include every acronym in the alphabet - except for maybe FBI. I generally have three lessons in one: one for each approximate learning level but all with the same learning target. I rely on technology; since the 1:1 tech initiative a few years back, I can't go back. Although I enjoy lecturing, I rarely do it, or at least I only do it for small chunks. One such lesson might include a warm-up trivia question about the news (watch a quick video and listen for the answer), a 10-minute lecture, reading on the same material as the lecture, and assignment which requires them to look at another source - I call these Learning Rotations. With middle school students, it's important to keep things moving. High school students get bored easily, so I use technology to engage them.
Elected as Tech Mentor
M.E. Instructional Technology (in progress) B.A. UWSP: Social Sciences, Education, History, International Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language (minor) Google Certified (in progress)
Born and raised in Stevens Point. Bounced back and forth between China and Point to complete my undergraduate degree. I have been living in Wausau for three years now and have two daughters (Esther and Naomi). My family and teaching are what I wake up for in the morning, literally. :)