I have worked as a 'frontline' teacher for 17 years. The first 12 years were spent in the UK, the last 5 years have been in Mexico and Spain. In Mexico I worked with the American system and feel that this really made me grow as a teacher.
I think it's important to provide fun and interest. If they are having fun, they are engaged. If they are engaged then I am having fun. I try and take every topic in language and literature and somehow relate it back to their world. If it's in 'their world' then it's more likely to be engaging for them.
BA English Literature and Performance, with Psychology minor.
I had an awful secondary education. Strict - rigid - enclosed. My only solace was my English teacher - Mr. Gibson.
I play the guitar badly for unwanted house guests.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Literature, International Baccalaureate, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Close Reading