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St. Mary's College of Maryland (English)
St. Mary's College of Maryland (Master's)
Ralph Ellison is quoted saying, “Education is all a matter of building bridges.” As an educator, I work to help my students make connections to literature and develop the critical thinking and language skills they will need throughout their lives. I seek to implement the best practices from the Understanding by Design (UbD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) frameworks. UbD looks at how to improve student understanding by identifying the most important content knowledge or skills, deciding how best to assess this development and then using backwards mapping to plan daily instruction. Whenever I plan a unit, I always evaluate the Common Core State Standards and assessments in the curriculum to determine how I need to prepare my student. I then use the UDL framework to differentiate how information is presented, processed, and/or assessed in the learning activities.
I have worked as a high school English teacher for five years, but I have experience in elementary and middle school. I have also taught science and ESOL. I love working with students individually to help them bridge gaps in their learning.
Being an outstanding teacher is not a static achievement. State requirements, best teaching practices, and the student population are all constantly evolving. Thus, I believe that preparation, passion, and flexibility distinguish an outstanding teacher. Preparation requires that a teacher needs to know her content area thoroughly in order to answer questions and connect the study to students’ lives in daily instruction. She also needs to know the pedagogy and current best practices in order to adopt instructional styles and strategies to reach the diverse learners in her classroom. She needs to be passionate to think creatively and engage students in the learning process. Lastly, an outstanding teacher needs to be flexible in order assess her students’ needs and adapt her lesson as necessary.
If you are looking for a teacher who is ready to find materials and adapt instruction for your own learning needs, please contact me! Ralph Ellison is quoted saying, “Education is all a matter of building bridges.” As an educator, I work to help my students make connections to literature and develop the critical thinking and language skills they will need
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