I've been teaching middle school English Language Arts for the past 15 years, and I've been in the same district for over 20. Although I've taught many grade levels, my heart belongs to my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA classes. I love to create lessons that appeal to their natural curiosity and enthusiasm. Yes, middle school students can be a challenge, but we all need something to keep us on our toes. :)
I strive to be the ELA teacher I would want my own children to have. That means differentiating instruction and challenging students at every ability level. It also means being interesting! Teaching is 3/4 theater. Finally, it all comes down to demonstrating respect for students and appreciating them for who they are right now. As teachers, the promise of the future is in our hands. I try to remember that every single day.
Although I am honored to be the recipient of honors and awards from my school district, my most cherished "trophy" is a battered, second-hand binder filled with letters and poems from thankful students and parents. That binder is precious to me and never fails to warm my heart.
My master's degree is from Stony Brook University, and I am certified to teach English 7-12 and Elementary Education N-6.
When I'm not writing or teaching, I love to play tennis, read, and travel with my family. You and I can hang out together at my blog ELABuffet We'll settle in for some teaching tips, free resources, and a whole lot of fun! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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