I have taught students in every grade from 6th -12th at all levels from Standard to AP. I currently teach 8th grade Language Arts Literacy and love it. The 8th grade is a perfect fit for me to teach because I have the benefit of having students with the middle school mentality, who are still impressionable, and I also get to teach them at a higher level in preparation for high school.
I have a student centered approach to teaching. Many of my lessons put the emphasis on the students generating ideas and working collaboratively to learn from each other. When teaching literature, I delve deeper into the text by close reading and focus on the author's use of literary devices and language to advance the plot of the novel and develop character. I also frequently incorporate the discussion and analysis of sociological and historical issues present in the text to increase the students' understanding of the plot. When teaching writing, I break down the piece into smaller, more manageable pieces with a high emphasis on the importance of editing and revising. Whenever possible, I encourage students to peer edit work to help them advance their own writing skills.
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I have a Bachelors degree in Journalism. As an undergrad, I also double minored in Gender Studies and Sociology. It was these two minors which led me to want to pursue a career in which I would make an impact on society and led me to go back for a Post Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education, with a specific concentration in teaching English.
To see how I implement my products in my classroom for daily instruction and for other tips and trips, please visit my blog at: http://madmusingsofanenglishteacher.blogspot.com/
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Social Studies - History, ELA Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading