Iowa State University (English)
Hi! Thanks for taking a minute to read about my experiences as a teacher. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 sum laude and immediately entered Teach for America, a nationally-recognized teacher training program that places teachers in high needs areas through the USA. I was placed in Houston, Texas where I taught middle school for two years. During my time in Houston I also led reading groups and worked with students on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). After completing my time with Teach for America, I moved back to the Midwest and was hired at a charter school in Chicago. While working at this school, I taught AP Literature for Seniors and ACT Prep courses for our Juniors.
As you can see my experiences are largely around the humanities and ELA courses. My focus is on building vocabulary and comprehension through the creation of story maps and mnemonic devices. Vocabulary is an essential component of English and many students dread the thought of numbly staring at flashcards to memorize a word. Mnemonic devices allow students to create connections to words using their own imagination and experiences making the words more personalized and more "sticky".
My experience with test prep is that test taking is a skill and you improve a skill through practice; so while repetition is a necessity with test preparation I also help students to understand the underlying grammar and etymology to give them the "why" of an answer and not just the answer itself.
Most importantly, a love of reading and a passion for learning grounds all of my teaching. My own love of reading and learning is an important catalyst in encouraging my students to tackle the challenges of difficult passages. I look forward to working with you and your learners to build skills and increase their knowledge! Hi! Thanks for taking a minute to read about my experiences as a teacher. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 sum laude and immediately entered Teach for America, a nationally-recognized teacher training program that places teachers in high needs areas through the USA. I was placed in Houston, Texas where I taught middle school for two
I have experience working with state standardized tests and small group reading workshops. The core of a strong reader is their ability to decode words and make connections throughout the text; these are skills that are difficult to practice in isolation and where my experience as English and Language Arts teacher can be a great benefit to you!
As a high school teacher I worked with all students in my classroom without the assistance of a paraprofessional or any other support. I developed several methods for helping students identify their weaknesses in organization and then systems they could use to improve. A combination of recording necessary work in a consistent and prompt manner and a consistent style of note taking help are the main focus. These systems used in tandem with a consistent check-in process and gradual release of control (from daily checks to weekly, to pop checks) allow the student to internalize the methods and adopt them.