The Independent Educator

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"The secret in education lies in respecting the student." Emerson
 
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This product includes 4 creative writing assignments to use while teaching the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Included are teacher instructions, and an assignment sheet for students. The prompts are flexible: they can be used in class or assigned as
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Novel Study
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This one page handout can be used multiple times in the same school year, and comes with two pages of teaching suggestions. It provides three techniques for creating stronger, crisper description, and provides examples from popular novels. Students
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
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This teaching packet provides everything you need to teach The Great Gatsby: detailed lecture notes including plenty of discussion questions, student outlines, vocabulary lists, background information on the author and time period, creative writing
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Novel Study, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10
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A free resource providing information and ideas about how to teach vocabulary to middle and high school students using words from assigned reading.
Subjects:
Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Research, Professional Development
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4, L.9-10.6, L.11-12.4, CCRA.R.4
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught grades 9 through 11 in a private high school, Introductory Writing in two community colleges, Writing and Study Skills in a small university, SAT prep in a tutoring center, and Comprehensive English classes for Independent Study and home school students in grades 6 through 12.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My approach is holistic and literature based. I center lessons mostly around novels, including vocabulary, historical context, information about the author, and the novel’s place in the history of literature. Poems and short stories are chosen to complement the longer works. Writing skills are developed using both structured and creative assignments, always exploring the novel. An expanded world view is encouraged, as students connect a specific novel with concerns of our time, and with their own value systems.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor's Degree (A.B.) in English Language and Literature and a Masters Degree (M.A.T.) in Teaching, both from Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

A few experiences which have deepened my experience of the world: 1) As a teen, I won a scholarship to a college preparatory boarding school, gaining valuable insight into novels like Catcher in the Rye and Finding Alaska. And I lived for three years in the company of people whose life work was education. 2) I worked as an assistant to a midwife with a hospital and home birth practice, and assisted in delivering babies throughout both Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 3) I am descended from a 16th century Irish female pirate, and a clan of professional chess players. 4) I have belonged to the same book club for 20 years.

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