I graduated college with a communications degree. It allowed me to have experiences working in sports and banking. Something was missing and that led me to teaching. I love every minute of it. I had the opportunity to teach ESL for six months right after I graduated with my teaching certification (I'm certified in elementary education and TESL). I now work for a private school. Math is the subject I started teaching. My favorite unit was on measuring. I had the mini Olympics with my classes after the unit was complete. Now I'm teaching English four periods per day to varying levels. I have anywhere from an elementary education to a freshman in college in my class. My focus in on writing but I use multicultural education to increase interest. I teach literature of a theme, using the Holocaust as my focus. With novels on the historical events (Caged, Number the Stars, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The diary of Anne Frank, etc.), I tie in writing of narrative, informational, and persuasive essays. The five steps of the writing process are highlighted and the students then present ideas they learned through the unit as a way to show comprehension and understanding. Students also do a presentation on a concentration camp, preparing a PowerPoint and giving a speech to the class on what they learned. As the marking period comes to a close I take a field trip to the Holocaust Museum and invite guest speakers into the class.
Another rewarding opportunity I have at school is running the student council. We plan field trips, have guests speakers, plan incentives and offer college readiness services.
back to top