Hi! Welcome to Write Rx! I’m Laura Blake and I'm excited to share with you the work I've created along my journey as an educator. In the past sixteen years, I've had the opportunity to work as an administrator and as an English teacher to ESL, G/T, Pre-AP, and AP students in the 7th through the 12th grades. I've also trained English teachers across the country for almost 10 years, teaching them Pre-AP and Common Core-based strategies to implement in their classrooms so all students can access and master rigorous content standards.
I'm about "getting down to brass tacks" as they say. In my career, I constantly seek to find the most efficient AND effective way to help students acquire the skills they'll need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. I've learned from so many great teaching workshops and curricula over the course of my career, but I often find that in the classroom, time is of the essence, so I need a streamlined approach to prepare my students. It doesn't take a lot to provide students with a streamlined learning experience that is still rigorous -- usually just a text and a writing utensil. With these tools in hand, I help students access rigorous content by guiding them through the process of thinking and writing. The lessons and activities you’ll find on my site all center on enabling students to independently access complex texts, as well as master the rigorous standards in the Common Core and Texas TEKS.
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I received my Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in English from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sic 'Em Bears! Later, I earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Cultural Studies from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
I'm married to a wonderful guy who keeps me sane, and we have two hilarious children who are 6 and 3. We love to spend time with family and travel.