Joined Feb 29, 2016
- Location: Louisville, Kentucky
- Organization: Iroquois High School
- Grade: 9th , 10th , 11th , 12th
- Environment: I am newly in a teacher leadership role as an English/Language Arts Instructional Coach in a school that has been labeled "persistently low-achieving" by the state of KY. There have been three principals in three years and that has taken a toll on everyone -- students and faculty alike. The current principal has a hopeful vision and seems to be motivating the teachers and students to achieve. He believes that all students should be afforded the opportunities for proficiency and that the expectations should be high for all. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with teachers in this building and others when they need assistance. I just know positive change is on the horizon! read more...
- Biography: I taught high school English, Journalism, dual-credit English, AP Literature & Language and Composition for almost 9 years at Waggener High School in Louisville, KY before leaving the classroom for the first time in February 2016 to become an instructional coach. I earned my undergraduate degree in English and my first Master's of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville. From there, I continued my education by earning post-baccalaureate credits in English from U of L and my National Board Certification. I then earned a Master's of Science in Library Media and my certification as a School Media Librarian. I hope to integrate all of these areas into a doctoral study in the future. read more...
- Website/Blog: http://mrsennis.com/wordpress
In this lesson, we will examine the history of New Year's Resolutions, the god Janus, and the idea of reflecting upon one's past in order to look positively ahead to one's future in order to write their own January Letters to themselves. Then, next year at this time, they can open the letters to see what they accomplished.
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To kick off the new year, often we ask students to reflect in a letter to themselves. Just as the god Janus had two faces, we can ask students to look back on the past year(s) and set goals for the new year.