In three years, formulated a program that, in its second year, took a class of 30 proficient students and turned it into 111 proficient students. I currently am Department Lead, Interventionist, PLC leader, and mentor to a half dozen first-year teachers.
Socratic, whole group discussions supplemented by well-framed multiple choice critical thinking questions. ActiVote clickers are an essential part of my day-to-day class and assessments; hence, I will share multiple choice tools.
ABCTE's 2012 Mississippi Teacher of the Year
J.D. of Law career changer.
After entering my new profession, it quickly came to my attention that I was grossly unqualified to teach the grammar portion of ELA. Before long, I realized that even the most senior teachers were incapable of giving coherent, well-elocuted lessons on the subject. I strove to educate myself in such matters with more than moderate success. Often, grammar and memorization skills are lost in the mix with the heavy focus being on reading comprehension, particularly with Common Core. However, with common core --every-- teacher in your building should be assisting you with literacy and reading. You are the only line of defense for your students in regards to grammatical theory. There are far more capable reading teachers than there are writing and grammar teachers. What do you consider to be your forte? Train yourself in memorization skills and have brief, meaningful lessons that enrich student comprehension and writing.