I have been teaching for 12 years. In that time, I have worked with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. I have spent the last 6 years teaching 8th grade English so the materials I am posting come from that because they are the most current, up-to-date plans.
My kids are guided towards reading between the lines and really analyzing the messages, bigger meanings, and symbols in the text. Most of my lessons feature discussion in a variety of forms--with partners, in small groups, or as a class. They also strive to keep students engaged by varying the activities within the lesson and posing questions that really make students think and spark debate. Additionally, I tend to use Socratic questioning to lead students to the answer rather than tell them the answers.
I currently serve as our English/Language Arts department chair. I have presented at local conference, state, national, and international conferences on issues related to teaching. I presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education's International conference, as well as the National Title I Conference. I also do technology training for Harford County Public Schools. Also, I received the Action Research Prize from Goucher College for my research on using cooperative reading strategies to raise the reading achievement of struggling readers.
I earned my Bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Virginia in 2001 and my master's degree from Goucher College in Maryland in 2006.
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