I am in my 6th year of teaching, and am being honest when I say I have never taught the same curriculum twice. I have worked with co-teachers in interdisciplinary classrooms as well as in my own classroom.
I believe students always should know the bigger picture of why they are learning a skill, beyond "it's on the test." I always encourage my students to ask me "Why are we doing this?" If I don't have the answer, then I need to revisit my practices. The most important skills I teach in my language arts classroom are critical thinking, communication skills, and problem-solving. I find the most success in my classroom by combining backwards design and project-based learning, and I always focus on authentic summative assessments. I incorporate student voice and student choice as much as possible. Students don't learn from people they don't like, so I use my theatre background to keep both my personality and lessons engaging.
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I hold a Masters of Education from Valparaiso University, which is where I found my passion for curriculum development. I have Bachelor's degrees in journalism and theatre directing.
I live in Indiana with my husband and two boys, ages 3 and 1.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Writing-Essays, Poetry, For All Subjects, Informational Text