I have been teaching language arts from 4th grade through sophomore level for the past 22 years. My students range from all levels, lexiles, ethnicities, and different backgrounds.
I believe in teaching readings that are relevant, provocative and challenging to students that stay away from boring lectures. The trick is trying to engage them in reading conversations that provoke higher level thinking without them even knowing it. I believe students should become engaged in a book that they are truly interested in and it is our job to guide then in the right direction, yet stay out of the lesson as much as possible, Most of my classes consists of reciprocal learning with groups of 4 to 5 students. My lessons help guide them in their book conversations and help them hold each other accountable. Questions can be provided with each book they are reading but the trick is to get the students to come up with their own authentic ideas of what they want to talk about rather than sway them to where you want them to go. The best part of my day is when I find students ask higher level questions I've never thought of before.
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I have a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and am currently working on my second masters in Educational Leadership. I primarily teach middle school but have used many of my lessons with younger and older students.
Currently reside in Mount Prospect Illinois