I have spent 20 years in the classroom, the majority of which has been in various secondary social studies courses.
I believe in a combination of direct instruction, student lead activities, and project based learning. While incorporating these styles, I strive to provide at least three different exposures and types of exposure of materiel prior to formal assessment. Multi-modal tactics are my personal goal! Students must see, hear, touch, do, interact, and create in order to internalize and utilize learning. Structure is also the key. Kids need to know what to expect, have a sense of belonging and ownership in their classroom by way of being a part of what is familiar. They love to be able to tell the sub what to do in my absence because they know the expectations.
Social Studies Teacher of the Year for St. Landry Parish, 2010; Opelousas High Teacher of Year, 2012; St. Landry Parish Teacher of the Year, 2013; Opelousas High Teacher of the Year, 2015
BA in Social Studies Ed., UL Lafayette, Louisiana in 1994; Attended UL Lafayette Graduate School majoring in Gifted Ed., 2004; Pre-AP certified, APSI 2010; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education, 2010; APUSH certified, APSI 2014
I have three teenagers; a set of twins who graduated in 2016 and a 2017 graduate. All three are in college! I stayed home with them for a couple of years when they were babies and will always treasure that time! I think it made me a better teacher. I strive to make my classroom what I would want for my own children. I LOVE social studies! It prepares students to be productive citizens and includes multiple disciplines and skill sets. History, the central social studies content area, informs our future decision makers so that they can learn from success and failures of their predecessors.