I have two years teaching English to adult education students. Adult education is code for any student between the ages of 15 and 100 who may have dropped out of high school, may need more credits in order to graduate on time, or may have been in trouble with the law. I have also taught middle school - 7th and 8th grade - for seven years. These kiddos are hormonal, sassy and think they rule the world. They need lessons that are humorous, full of attitude, and just super random. Is that a random picture of a platypus? Why not? En español, se llama ornitorrinco. Say it with me "Or-ni-to-rrrrin-co."
I believe that students should work more than teachers, but that learning should be student centered. Sometimes, it's worth it to deliver a direct lesson, but often it's better to have the kids do the leg work. Give them a task and let them figure it out! Interact, of course, to make sure they're on the right track. If the kids are working independently or in small groups, that gives the teacher more time to conference with individual students to determine their needs.
Sigma Delta Pi - National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
I attended undergraduate school at Eastern Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. My major was Language, Literature, and Writing, but the bulk of my courses were literature based. My minor was Spanish-teaching, but with over 30 well-rounded credits, it's basically my unofficial second major. My Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum was earned from Michigan State University. I know a lot of fancy terms and can give you my deep philosophical thoughts on education if you'd like.
I'm a mom and a wife. I have four lovely little girls. My husband is the only male in the house - even our dog is a girl. His fault - he picked her out.