Engaging and Empowering Students to Learn
I am passionate about English and History and want students to share my passion. To enable this, I want students to feel safe and valued in the classroom environment, so that they can take part in a collaborative learning environment.
I want students to read, act and recite passages out loud to help them understand how voice is one of the most important tools for understanding literature. I want students to read extensively inside and outside the classroom, trusting that when time is set aside for this, students will develop an intrinsic motivation that will help their vocabulary and grammatical development.
I want students to be excited and curious about provocative course material and motivated by the range and variety of instructional strategies. I want them to appreciate the relevance of history, poetry, plays and novels to their lives today and continue their discussions beyond the classroom.
I want classroom time to be purposeful and still allow time for meaningful planning and reflection. I want students to develop skills that they can take away with them and use independently. I want assessment to be varied and thoughtful and avoid superficial scoring.