For me, the most important part of teaching is building relationships with students. My first blog post will be an introduction to my educational experience, my teaching style and my interests. I am truly excited to start at Mt. View Middle School, but this is not my first job in the education profession.
Actually, the 2015-16 school year marks the beginning of my eighth year of teaching. For the past five years, I have taught at the Sheridan Japanese School in Sheridan, Oregon. The title of the school is misleading. It was not an immersion school. Rather, the school was solely focused on Japanese language and culture. I taught Language Arts and History grades 7-12. Or to give you a better idea of the range, I taught 7th grade Language Arts and AP Literature and Composition in the same calendar year. Before that I was at Chiloquin Jr./Sr. High School, a small school nestled in-between Crater Lake and Klamath Falls. There, I worked with struggling readers and coached seniors on their senior projects.
Due to the various cultural backgrounds at these schools, my teaching style has changed dramatically from my first year in teaching. I now focus on multiple intelligences, equity, and project based learning. For me, the most essential part of a unit plan is the incorporation of these three elements. In my class, you will find rotations between project stations, teacher one-on-one time, and tasks that reinforce the skills necessary to fulfill the project. As a whole, I attempt to connect the content to the real world problems facing our community. Now that may be difficult at first when you consider World History, but I think as time progresses you will see the correlation.
After reading the last three paragraphs, you are probably wondering what interests I actually have. The honest answer is that I could write a book about all the things (syn: categories) that interest me. But if I were to choose what three items interest me the most they would be: family; music, in particular metal; and reading (quick sidenote: I read everything if it's in front of me - from cereal boxes to safety notices).
You know now quite a bit about me. It is now your job to construct one paragraph that tells me more about you. You can focus on your family, your summer in general, or your interests. It's up to you. Try to use the best grammar you can in your paragraph. We will work on this in class. Due: 9/9.
An attempt to flip an Integrated LA/SS classroom.