Teaching for over 20 years in public, private, and international schools has taught me one thing: Good teachers never cease to learn. From my classrooms in Connecticut, Jakarta, Prague, and Singapore, I've continued to fine-tune my craft by analyzing student work and reflecting on my own reading and writing. Along the way, I've created lessons that ignite passion and inspire learning. Hopefully some of them will do just that for you.
I create a robust culture of learning in my classroom through a student-centered, workshop approach. As active learners, we set ambitious goals and pursue them relentlessly while leaning on mentor texts and each other for guidance and feedback. At the same time, we develop effective frameworks of thinking that make complex concepts accessible and visible.
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B.A. Dickinson College; M.A. (Teaching and Curriculum) Michigan State University
I grew up on a steady diet of treehouses and sand castles. As a kid, I never realized the power of writing. I would always chew on my pencil instead of on my ideas. It wasn’t until much later that I became a self-confessed write-a-holic, and now I can’t imagine my life without it. When I'm not busy clacking away at the keyboard, you can find me playing Polly Pockets (with my two daughters, of course), marching in parades with my bagpipes, and searching for the perfect ice cream flavor. Some day you may see my name on the cover of a nonfiction book about spies, but for now, I'm content exploring new ideas for my readers on my blog (http://rileysreflectingpool.blogspot.sg/). I currently live in Singapore with my wife and kids, but I often feel my New England roots tugging at me, especially during the winter months.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text