Hi! My name is Jennifer Gonzalez. I taught middle school language arts to mostly at-risk populations for 7.5 years. For 4 additional years, I worked at the university level, teaching pre-service teachers everything from basic philosophy to writing lesson plans to implementing research-based teaching strategies. Currently, I am the editor of Cult of Pedagogy, a website for teachers.
I believe that knowing your students is the first step toward quality instruction, easier classroom management, and a joyful teaching experience. Now, as I work to help teachers to their jobs better, I strive to make the complex simple, to turn big ideas into bite-sized chunks, and to look and look for solutions until I find them.
National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts: 2004, 2013 (renewed)
B.S. Secondary Education, Penn State University, 1993; M.A. Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College, 2002; Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Technology, Western Kentucky University, 2012-present
I'm the mother of three hilarious and interesting kids, a military brat, an occasional runner, a hermit, an illustrator, a writer, a podcaster, a video producer, a Game of Thrones fan, and a lover of long dinners with good friends.
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Staff, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Computer Science - Technology, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration & Policy, Other, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, The New Year, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, End of Year