I have taught grades: 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Within my classroom I am a strong advocate for indirect instruction. I like to allow my students the freedom to learn and discover ideas, and concepts on their own, as well as with their peers first. As the teacher I am there to guide the students in the right direction, and help where need be. Direct instruction forces students to use their own critical thinking and interaction skills to explore the topic, thus deepening understanding of the material overall. I am also a strong supporter of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence's. The theory supports the idea that all students learn and display their knowledge in 8 particular ways including: (musical, spatial, linguistic, logical/mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic). I believe that students learning and display of knowledge should not be streamlined, because all this form of teaching does is show us which students are good at that particular way, and which are not. All students are intelligent and have various degrees of knowledge, by implementing Gardner's Theory of Intelligence's all students are able to learn and display what they have learned in an avenue appropriate for them. I also like to implement Layered Curriculum's into my teaching. By utilizing a layered curriculum in particular lessons it allows students to work at their own pace, and own ability level.
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I attended SUNY Brockport for my undergrad work and received a B.S in History, B.S in African American Studies. I attended St. Bonaventure University for my graduate work and received a Masters in Adolescent Education (M.Ed). I have also taken and passed the NYS EdTPA with a mastery level score.
I am an avid music lover, and play the guitar, as well as the bass guitar. Due to my love for music I try to put some type of music into many of my lessons. This also again supports one of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence with music being one of the eight.