I have 20+ years of experience in education, including seven years in the classroom teaching middle and high school language arts and social studies. I worked in K-12 professional development at C-SPAN and the Library of Congress, creating and delivering programs and resources for teaching with primary sources.
In two words - fun and rigorous. I try to think outside the box about how to bring content and skills to students, so they get "brain on" and "hands on" - make it their own, ask questions, drive their own and their classmates' learning. I especially love using current events, primary sources, and poetry. I love getting students face to face with experts of all stripes, and to historic sites so they can see the world as their classroom.
Selected for and attended: -NEH workshops on Emily Dickinson and Kansas-Nebraska. -Gilder-Lehrman workshop on the Civil War. Earned Washington Post grant for digital technology.
BA in English from Wesleyan University MA in Education Policy (Curriculum Development) from University of Maryland, College Park
My husband and I just relocated to Maine after a year exploring America in a vintage Airstream trailer. Personal photos @barkersonbreak on Instagram and Twitter. Professional twitter @teachingirl
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, Computer Science - Technology, Life Skills, Literature, Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Criminal Justice - Law, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, For All Subjects