Texts and Contexts

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"If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble." Sartre
 
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As a medievalist, I love teaching old texts, but I realize that they can be challenging for students and teachers alike. I developed this introductory exercise, which requires students to grapple with a medieval text, as a way for students to
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Students often struggle with literary elements because they don't understand them as functional; that is, each decision concerning the plot, characterization, setting, etc. performs a function in the relation of the narrative. This is the first of
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Are you looking for a fresh way to engage students with vocabulary? This activity allows students to demonstrate comprehension and usage mastery of vocabulary words in a creative and fun way by creating internet memes. It can be used in class or
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This lesson provides a short and focused real-life research project based on the current Zika health crisis, allowing students to take on the role of an HR manager in a multinational corporation tasked with writing a set of recommendations for
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This is a quick and handy chart generated by students for students after they attempted public speaking for the first time in my class. It includes dos and don'ts for content, verbal delivery, and non-verbal delivery.
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This is a brief list of texts to use as exemplars of different types of plot structures. This can be used in conjunction with my "Absence is Presence" plot lesson.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I began my teaching career at the university, and I loved teaching British literature, writing, and linguistics. However, an unexpected move to Venezuela and a seven-year stint as a secondary teacher pushed me to perfect my pedagogical techniques and strategies and kindled an abiding love for teaching teenagers to understand and value literature and philosophy.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My classrooms are dynamic and student-centered. After brief introductions of key concepts or ideas, I like to turn it over to my students and let them take the stage as questioners, writers, researchers, and debaters. The goal of each class is to demystify the process of reading literature "like a professor" and to show students that, with the right strategies, they can understand and interpret even the most difficult texts.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Excellence in Teaching recognition, and various fellowships and grants

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English from University of Cincinnati, M.A. in English from The Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I am not reading literature or creating materials for my fellow teachers, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three wonderful children.

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