I am certified and experienced teaching AP English Language, AP English Literature, and Cambridge AICE (9093 AS level) Language. I also have experience teaching Common Core (CCSS) 11th and 12th grade English.
I like to view my students the same way that body builders view different muscle groups. If you work out the same group of muscles in the same way over and over again, they will cease to tear, and new muscle will not form. You have to confuse and challenge muscles by targeting them with different exercises and switching up the chronology of your workout routine. Students minds work the same way. I use this concept weekly in class, and constantly search for new ways to present and discuss texts in class. Sometimes this means breaking students into groups and giving them different pieces of a text, and then having them teach their section to the class, or even having students draw sections of an essay and then present it to the class. Sometimes this means assigning a text for homework and having a Socratic Seminar style discussion of the text the next day. Sometimes this means students creating texts, switching with a partner, and analyzing them. I never want my students to walk in to class and know exactly what they should expect in terms of how we engage with material.
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B.A. English - Millsaps College (2013) M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - University of Mississippi (2015) M.P.P (Education) - Vanderbilt University (2017)
I am currently completing my second year teaching high school in Clarksdale Mississippi as part of my commitment to the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Next year I will be attending Vanderbilt University to pursue a master's degree in education policy. I have a passion for studio art and art history, which I studied extensively in college. I love finding ways to link the study of literature to the study of art history, so look for lessons in this realm soon! In my free time I love to read, cook, go thrifting, and run. Currently I'm training for a half marathon.