I've been a high school social studies teacher in East Orange since 2007. In that time, I've taught the gamut of high school courses - World History, Early U.S. History, Modern U.S. History, and AP Government. I've participated in several curriculum writing committees and written assessments for my department. I also worked at C-SPAN as a Teacher Fellow and a Senior Fellow.
My teaching style is one in which the onus is on the students to do the work that produces their learning. While I'm comfortable talking in front of a group for hours on end, I know that that doesn't really help students learn. I prefer to create independent or group assignments that make students read, write, and problem solve. I prefer to do this with technology, and I have at times had the luxury of teaching in a computer lab. Usually my classes involve a mix of mini-lectures, reading and writing, and summative projects. I'm also a huge fan of current events, and I try to incorporate them on a regular basis in my class. I love using CNN 10 to teach current events and I will happily make time for it in my classroom.
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I studied at Rutgers University, where I earned a BA in Political Science and an EdM in Social Studies Education. I returned to Rutgers to pursue an EdD in Social Studies Education, but I stopped work on my doctorate and I'm currently ABD.
I am a passionate advocate for civics education and I write a blog on the topic, The Civic Educator. There, I share resources and methods for civics teachers and I also explore policies that can help us improve civics education.