I have taught History and English both Middle and High school, in California, for the past 7 years. I have also worked on curriculum development and implementation of the past 3 years. I have a breath of experience working with many types of learners simultaneously; I design my lessons to adapt to the many learners that fill our classrooms.
I believe in a constructionist approach to teaching and learning and that the lessons and skills learned in classrooms should be relevant outside the scholastic setting, in students’ lives and their future careers. I strive to give my students a positive and relevant learning experience by using multiple teaching methods; utilizing cross curricular, project based and collaborative learning techniques and, when appropriate, supplementing the curriculum with multiple authors, art and field trips. These teaching methods help students connect the curriculum to the real world, to their prior knowledge, to the local community and to current events. I use testing as one of many methods of assessment, but I believe that merely reciting or reiterating information is not sufficient demonstration of student understanding. I avidly use alternative methods of assessment, performance based and project based as well as others. I instruct students to ask questions and draw inferences; develop techniques for critical thinking and analytical writing; encourage different levels of questioning; synthesize perspectives from different points of view; and evaluate written and verbal arguments. I have high expectations for my students and provide a rigorous curriculum, accessible to all learners, allowing students to develop multiple perspectives and enabling them to critically evaluate the human condition and positively contribute to the growing global community.
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I am a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s Master of Arts: Teaching Program. I earned my CA single subject, social science, teaching credential from the same institution. I also hold a Bachelors degree in political science from San Francisco State University. I currently teach in both online and face-to-face classrooms and work primarily with middle school students. The courses I teach range from critical thinking and writing to global awareness and history. In each of these courses the curriculum focuses on understanding different perspectives and analyzing information. I am passionate about teaching students to critically think in these ways.
I am an avid traveler; I have traveled to over 30 countries. I love to include global themes and connections in my lessons.