I began my teaching career in a private school in an affluent suburb. It was the ideal instructional setting. The students and parents were ideal, but I did not feel fulfilled as a teacher. My lesson were very traditional, mimicking the instructional delivery I received as a student. Something inside of me was telling me this was not for me. The following year I was hired into an inner city school. I was placed in fifth grade semi self contained classroom. I never taught that level before and I had to teach them both math and science. That year was the most valuable learning experience I will ever have as an educator. I messed up ALOT! Those students who I have been so lucky to follow for the last four years were the teachers of a life time. I owe the educator I am today to those students. I may be young and in comparison to most inexperienced in terms of time invested, but I can effectively teach and manage inner city students that to the help of a very special group of what are now young ladies and gentleman.
I have developed a method of teaching that maximizes the amount of time students are engaged in learning, which in turn as we know greatly impacts achievement. With the use of technology and small group instruction station model teaching in middle school is an effective way to differentiate instruction as well as impact the student to teacher ratio with only one educator in the room. The station model removes the teacher as the facilitator of learning and places the role of learning on the students. The teacher provides students with materials and little direct instruction and is now a tour guide of learning.
Warren City Schools Teacher of the Year
Bachelors in Middle School Education with concentrations in Math, Science, Reading Literacy training through the University of Pennsylvania ( PENN literacy network) Masters Degree- Curriculum and Instructional Design with a concentration and research in instructional technology design and implementation
I <3 to Teach!