I have been an English teacher for 18 years. In my career I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th and every level from basic skills to AP. Outside of the classroom I am a Marching Band director and a co-director of the Basketball Band. I also advise the high school’s literary magazine and yearbook.
My teaching style has evolved over time and varies based on topic and course level. I am more structured and rigid with deadlines and expectations in my AP Literature and Composition course than I am in my creative writing elective. But regardless of the course or the students, I like to have fun and use humor as my main classroom management tool. I discourage the use of grades or comparison to others as a measure of success in my classroom. Instead, I have the same high standard for all of my students and that standard is the expectation that at every moment, they do their best to be their best. Regardless of the grade a student’s best earns, or how a student’s best compares to others, I realized long ago, that no one can ask any more of a student than his or her best. That philosophy was developed based on John Wooden’s definition of success. Like most of my teaching strategies and philosophies, I have taken the strategies of my teachers and colleagues and adapted them to fit who I am as a teacher and human being. I also learn from my students, they teach me so much about what works and what they need to be successful.
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Syracuse University BA English and Textual Studies Marygrove College MAT Curriculum and Instruction
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