I'm a curly-headed teacher constantly searching for innovative ideas to meet the needs of my students. While I haven't taught for a long time, I have had a good time and gained lots of varied experience. I started out teaching 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading (on-level, inclusion and Academically Talented), 9th grade (including a summer crash course that was primarily geared toward our students with limited English proficiency), 10th grade (on-level, Pre-AP, and STAAR acceleration), and 4th grade (self-contained...math and science and social studies, oh my!).
I graduated with my bachelor's from Abilene Christian Univeristy and quickly moved back where there were trees. I finished my master's in Educational Administration in May of 2011 and hope to begin my doctoral program soon.
I used the ST**R word, so you can tell that I'm in Texas. Believe me, I feel your pain! My teaching load is exclusively acceleration courses to get kids back on track to graduate. Oddly enough, I'm thrilled! If I got to pick any group of kiddos to spend my day with, they would win every time.
We have a broken system. I get it. I teach in a Title 1 schools. Change is hard. BUT...we have lived it for a whole year. We have many, many administrations under out belt. Data has shown us what is and is not working. It's not a bad test. Students should be able to communicate logically through writing before being unleashed in that big world out there. This is a conversation about how to make that happen. I welcome you to join me!