Graduate School Experience: - Two years of endless nights up making lesson plans, unit plans, writing papers on theory, and presenting to my peers - A lot of the lesson plans and materials I have here are from my time at Grad school and I promise they all got A's :-) Teaching Experience: - 8th Grade US History class in MA -11th Grade World History class in MA
I am a young teacher and have had very little experience thus far, but I do think that I have started to create my own teaching style. This has come from a combination of things: watching teachers that have inspired me while also observing teachers who I knew had a style that I would never want to mimic. I think that finding what I liked and didn't like in a teaching style was equally important in creating my own way of being in the classroom. Ultimately I found that what I care about most is connecting all of my History lessons to the present. I found myself creating these lessons that I thought were engaging, interesting, historically accurate, and important. But even then, I was having trouble keeping the focus of my "rambunctious" 11th graders. I decided to try something different one day while discussing the industrial revolution with them. We began a discussion about technology. What it means to them, how we are dependent on it, what would we do without it? They were immediately glued to me as I led the conversation. Being able to talk about iPhones and twitter and Facebook? This was a dream to them... and not only did it keep their attention, but it allowed them to understand and connect what it felt like to be a part of the industrial revolution, experiencing all of these new inventions and how people began to grow dependent on them. I was also able to tie in the Nike sweatshops in that unit so that we could discuss factory life. Ultimately, this became my new way of teaching. And I got much better at it as time went on. Every single lesson, every single day, I was aimed at having one stimulating conversation with them. Even if it was a stretch, I wanted them to feel that what we were doing was important. All of these lessons went over EXTREMELY well and I will put them and all of the materials on my site.
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I went to the University of Vermont for my undergrad. Those 4 years were the best of my life and Burlington became my favorite place in the world. At UVM, I majored originally in History but then switched to Political Science half way through. I absolutely love US history, US politics, and international relations so learning about these topics for fours years was really wonderful. I ultimately graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. After UVM I took a year off from schooling and worked at home in NJ. For me, that got old pretty quickly and I decided to do what I knew I always wanted to do, and that was to become a teacher. I moved to Boston and started graduate school at Lesley University where I earned my Masters' in High School Education. I am now fully licensed to teach High School History and I also have my certification in ELL education. Many of my lesson plans have modifications for ELL students which was a big focus during my graduate education.
All of my lessons are geared at keeping High School students engaged and excited. I think that we forget sometimes what these kids are going through on a daily basis and all of the things that may be on their mind. We need to make the extra effort for teenagers to make sure they are not only understanding the History we are teaching them, but also understanding WHY it is relevant to THEM. I hope that you find my lessons and resources to be useful in your High School and potentially 8th grade classes. I have had great success with them and have worked very hard at creating each one. History can be tough for many students and I think this is especially true for High Schoolers. So have fun with them and show them that History is important to ALL of us!