I am eagerly beginning my fifth year as an English Language Arts/Teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I love to teach novels and create materials for our novel studies. In the past my fifth- and sixth-grade classes have read many novels, including but certainly not limited to the following. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Number the Stars by Lois Lowry The Great Fire by Jim Murphy Children of the Fire by Harriet Gillem Robinet Ninth Ward by Jewell Park Rhodes A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Please see my different anticipation guides for these novels as they will promote meaningful discussions within your classroom while hitting key literacy skills and concepts. Here is my teaching experience: □ Reading Teacher, John C. Dore Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, July 2012-Present → Teach reading and writing to a combined 140 fifth- and sixth-grade students in a departmentalized, general education setting □ Classroom Teacher, Children of Peace School, Chicago, Illinois, June 2012-July 2012 → Teach reading, writing and math to 12 second and third-grade students during 6-week summer program □ Tutor, Wells Preparatory Academy, Chicago, Illinois, May-June 2012 → Provided one-on-one and small-group instruction for students in second-grade classroom □ Student Teacher, Wells Preparatory Academy, Chicago, Illinois, January-April 2012 → Taught language arts, mathematics, science & social studies in fifth-grade, general-education classroom → Planned and differentiated instruction based on Common Core Standards for approximately 30 students → Maintained classroom management; coordinated with school administration & staff; interacted with parents FIELD EXPERIENCE □ Student Observer, James Shields Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, September-November 2011 → Observations, Completed 30 hours in sixth-grade language-arts classroom □ Student Observer, Portage Park Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, September-November 2011 → Observations, Completed 30 hours in fifth-grade science classroom □ Student Observer, John C. Dore Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, February-June 2011 → Observations, Completed 60 hours in third-grade classroom & 30 hours in special education classrooms □ Student Observer, New Field Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, October-December 2010 → Observations, Completed 90 hours in kindergarten classroom
When teaching novels, I am a big proponent of student ownership; thus I incorporate literature circles within my reading classroom. Additionally, I practice balanced literacy on a daily basis, performing read alouds and guided reading, developing centers and allowing time for independent writing and class discussions. I also love the "Notice and Note: Close Reading Signposts" for fiction and nonfiction, and incorporate these signposts daily within my instruction.
I am lucky to be at a school that is partnered with Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. As a result of my implementation of close reading strategies and formative assessment, I have been selected twice in the past two years to attend national conferences on reading. In November 2014 I had the honor of attending the annual NCTE conference in Washington, D.C. This past July I was very fortunate to attend the annual ILA conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
The best decision I ever made was going to graduate school to become a teacher after years of working as a writer. □ University of Illinois at Chicago Fall 2010-May 2012 → Master’s Degree in Elementary Education Overall GPA: 4.0 → Type 03 Certified; Endorsed in Middle School Language Arts and Social Science → Endorsed as Reading Teacher □ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2000-December 2004 → Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Journalism Overall GPA: 3.76 As education has had a powerful impact on my life, I want to give my students the best possible education.
Learn more about me at my classroom website: mrmaynardreading.com. I still love to write and recently started a sports blog called the collegebasketballnostalgic.com Thanks for your time and consideration.