I have a wide range of teaching experiences in terms of both grade and ability levels. This has helped me develop a thorough understanding of a variety of learning styles and, therefore, to figure out ways to design lessons that incorporate an array of instructional methods to meet the needs of diverse student groups. I have taught 7th-grade inclusion classes, 9th-grade college preparatory, 9th-grade applied (including special education and ELL students), 10th-grade college preparatory, 10th-grade honors, 11th-grade college preparatory, 11th-grade applied (including special education and ELL students), and 11th-grade honors. I've also taught both journalism and newspaper electives, and have been responsible for running both National Honor Society and National English Honor Society at my schools.
I believe that organized and engaging materials are the cornerstone of sound instructional practices. Using the backwards design method, I develop a list of overarching unit goals and a set of objectives for students to fulfill to demonstrate their mastery of those goals. From there, I design assessments that I will use (tests, essays, projects, worksheets, etc.) to enable students to prove that they have acquired the skill sets and knowledge in order to succeed in developing an understanding of course materials. From there, I design lessons and materials that will, through scaffolding and guided instruction, provide students with the ability to achieve the goals. The materials I design are all fully aligned with Common Core standards, and focus not only on the understanding of course content, but on the development of particular skills. I believe that meeting the needs of different students means having a variety of activities that enables learning to take place in different ways.
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B.A. English Literature, Lafayette College Secondary Teaching Certification ELA 7-12, Muhlenberg College Major Certificate in English Literature, Muhlenberg College M.A. English Literature, Middlebury College
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