I relate most things to story or narrative. I believe making sense of what our place is in the story is important. If a child is struggling to read, I don't just approach the nuts and bolts of phonics. We get to that through the story they want to tell or learn or hear. We put things in context. What excites a student? If it is roller coasters, then how can we learn about history in the context of roller coasters? What is the distance and mass of the world's largest roller coaster? If it is clouds, what is the science that makes them? How can we paint clouds? Photograph them? Measure them? Calculate how big they really are up close? What is the densest a cloud can be? What are some of the most famous storms in history? How did cloud cover effect planes in World War 1? What stories can we read or write that center on clouds? The avenues to explore can be endless. Goals are met through what the student is interested in so that we can find common ground to explore whatever subject needs to be worked on.
I was a theatre major in college and I have my Master's of Fine Art in Performance and Playwriting. This translates to me being interested in many things. I'm great at research, and I am a very good debate coach. I have a passion for history and writing. I have lived in France and gone back and forth a few times . I am not fluent, but my French is passable as I took some in college also. I work as a substitute with Special Ed students in the public school system working often in the autism classrooms. I have taught all ages drama for nearly 20 years now. I enjoy working in many different situations.
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