I have taught Language Arts and Social Studies to 6th Middle School students for 9 years in Bellingham, Washington.
I try to embed writing assignments in a larger project-based learning atmosphere when I can. The real-life scenarios engage students and make a richer experience. I have had students invent and design products, write business letters to real business leaders in our community, and then write five minute pitches to try to get the business leaders to invest in their business. I have also had my students design their own nonprofit organizations. After researching relevant statistics, stories, and expert testimony, they create a website telling the public about their cause.
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I went to Western Washington University as both an undergraduate in English Literature and then a post-baccalaureate student to earn my teaching certificate with an endorsement in ElEd. Currently, I am obtaining my masters in administration and principal certification.
I'm married to my wife Mindy Swedberg (who creates great PE resources for TpT) and we have a one year old son named Ezra.