I currently teach World History I to eighth graders in Massachusetts. I have taught U.S. I and World History II. Most of my experience is in the middle grades general ed classroom but I have taught inclusion classes and in SEI classrooms.
I try to differentiate instruction as much as possible so that all types of learners can benefit from my lessons. I use a mixture of mini-lectures (I try extremely hard to not lecture for more than 20 minutes at a time), individual work, and small group work. I love teaching with images and artifacts (mostly images of artifacts because I don't work in a museum :) ). I think that using materials as history allows students to make stronger emotional connections to the past that may not be possible with conventional lectures and secondary source readings.
Graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and minor in Psychology. Just finished my Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies from Boston University in September 2014.
Most of my lessons use the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks as a content guide as well as the Common Core ELA- History/ Social Studies standards as a general instruction guide. I have a real passion for curriculum development so if you have any suggestions regarding my lessons please do not hesitate to drop a line!
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, European History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History), Economics , Writing-Essays, Close Reading