I've been teaching high school English and Language Arts for over 13 years, from struggling readers to honors level, 9th through 12th grade. Prior to that, I taught college freshman composition classes at the university level for three years.
I am a vocabulary geek! I believe that highlighting vocabulary and teaching it in context benefits my students in numerous ways across their experience. They can take the words learned in my class with them anywhere. A broader vocabulary helps them gain confidence to enter into a mature, academic discourse.
Published in ASCD Express online: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol3/325-mcmanus.aspx
2007 M.S. in Educational Leadership from University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois 1996 M.A. in Literature from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 1993 B.A. in English from University of Illinois at Chicago
I'm a busy mom to three very active girls. I have been married to my husband, a secondary special education teacher, for over 14 years.