I have been teaching high school English for twenty-six years, and have loved every one of them. I teach a broad range of students, from those in the non-academic stream to those in the International Baccalaureate program. I am also department head and an instructional leader who has conducted many PD sessions for district teachers.
I have always seen my self as a guide, showing my students how to learn, rather than just what to learn. I focus on creating engaging material that fosters critical thinking and love of reading & writing. I also attempt to incorporate physical activity in my classroom, so students can engage all of their learning styles. Most importantly, I'm a learner too. I spend a lot of time trying to understand how students learn best, and am constantly revamping my lessons to meet their needs.
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I have a BA in English, a B.Ed with a secondary focus, and an M. Ed in Curriculum Studies. I also have Level 3 training in IB English.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, Drama, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Informational Text, Close Reading