I teach high school dual credit English, English 3, and debate. In the past I have taught high school debate, grades 8-12 theatre, 7th grade creative writing, all high school English courses, dual credit English courses, AP Language and Composition, and STAAR English EOC remediation. I have also directed UIL One Act Play and advised Student Council.
My teaching focuses on utilizing technology and project based learning. For example, in my Dual Credit ENG 1302: Written Argument and Research RTI course (Spring 2016), I utilized new technologies and Google Hangouts to allow students in both locations to collaborate together on projects as well as to better accomplish discussion participation between both groups.
Similarly in ENG 1301 College Reading and Writing I employed a flip classroom model by recording lecture topics such as how to write an annotated bibliography and made these videos available to students to watch as needed throughout the semester. Project based learning drives my teaching as can be seen in the way I create problem-posing assignments that engage students critical thinking skills. For example, in ENG 1301 students read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice then researched ways that it was been adapted over the years such as into different movies like Lost in Austen and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They researched these adaptations as examples of transformative storytelling and asked themselves how these new works continued Jane Austen’s social commentary on constructions of gender and social class but updated to apply to our time. I frequently utilize a flipped classroom model and record material for my students that they can refer back to throughout the course as needed. I utilize technology to create student lead opportunities for collaborative projects utilizing multimedia where small groups of students are teaching their peers.