john suszynski

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john suszynski
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My favorite quote on writing is: "Writing is mind traveling, destination unknown".
 
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This unit contains: * An overview * Survey questions for use at the beginning and end of the unit * An explanation of Socratic seminar * 10 poems about poetry with tri-level scaffolding of questions for each, plus a crdeative project and personal
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Writing, Poetry
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10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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By john suszynski
Abstract piece by e.e. cummings, plus a tri-level scaffolding of open-ended questions and a creative project, accompanied by my personal insights inspired by the poem. First, as will be required throughout this unit, download the poem from Google
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Writing, Poetry
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Minilessons, Homework, Literature Circles
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Over my 31-year career as a high school English teacher in Western Pennsylvania, I have created courses in Honors English, Humanities, and Film Studies, always with an emphasis on exercising critical thinking skills, chief among them being creativity. My M.A. in creative writing and poetry has afforded me a great respect for ambiguity in literature, which has led me to the belief that an astute reader enters into a creative relationship with the poet himself, transforming any single lesson into an experience of personal growth.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Particularly with smaller classes, whenever possible I'd prefer to conduct class as a Socratic seminar, wherein students are enfranchised to chime in with questions and comments, and the teacher -- as facilitator -- is more or less the first among equals. Three cardinal rules are: always maintain a mutually respectful attitude by refraining from being too judgmental; ask good follow-up questions to explore an interesting tidbit (but try not to stray too far from the topic); and be sure to pull everyone into the conversation.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Who's Who Among American Educators Nominee for Teacher of the Year in Western Pennsyvania

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana Lafayette B.S. in English Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to my 31 years in education, I had spent 8 years as a self-employed wordsmith, mostly in the resume business, but also securing freelance corporate assignments as well as publishing journalistic pieces on the arts in the Pittsburgh area. My poetry writing has been for purely personal purposes. My academic interests extend to all the arts as well as history, science, and philosophy, which inspired the interdisciplinary nature of the Humanities courses I had designed.

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