- B.A. in English and Communications
- M.Ed. in Instructional Practice
As a reading remediation teacher in a challenging school in Nashville, I get to help students who would otherwise be passed through the system or drop out of school. My responsibility to my students extends far beyond teaching standards—my students need to learn good study habits, the mental processes of a good reader, and how to self-advocate. This requires a style of communication that constantly adapts to the needs of different students. For me, one of the most exciting challenges of teaching is taking rigorous content and communicating it through current technology with which students are already familiar. As a teacher, I am always trying to adapt and innovative in order to improve my teaching and give each student what they need to succeed.
Metaphors Are Like Similes...Right?
Build the basis for critical thinking by increasing mastery of metaphors, similes, and analogies. Clear up the confusion that often marks lessons on figurative langauge. A very insightful article, full of great links.
Rules for Rubrics
How do you create an effective and fair rubric? Read this article to create the best rubric possible.
Mastering the Mighty Melville
“Bartleby the Scrivner” as an existential forerunner to The Office? Dense and often dark, Herman Melville’s stories abound with Biblical allusions and complex symbols. If you are considering using Melville’s novels or short stories with your class, the activities suggested in this resource would make a great addition to the study. Suggestions for how to investigate Melville’s background, the cultural context of his works, and the literary concepts Melville employs are included and would enrich your readers' understanding. Unless, like Bartleby, you would “prefer not to.”
Jumping Off the Bandwagon
Teach your class to be critical consumers by studying persuasion in advertising.
Plan Your Unexpected Journey
Leave your hobbit hole and start an adventure with J. R. R. Tolkien's timeless tale of dwarves, dragons, and hobbits.