Joined Feb 29, 2016
- Location: Louisville, Kentucky
- Organization: National Math & Science Initiative
- Grade: 10th , 11th , 12th
- Environment: I am now serving as an English Consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and an English instructor at Clark State Community College. In these roles, I facilitate teacher training in week long summer workshops for pre-AP coursework, weekend one and two day workshops for students in AP Language or AP Literature courses, present at conferences, and teach college English. I am also a Wonder Lead Ambassador and reviewer, and a social media manager for Strobel Education. I stepped out of the classroom two years ago to continue pursuing my doctoral degree in English Pedagogy & Technology at Murray State University. I am now a doctoral candidate in this program and plan to graduate May 2019. 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 am integrating all of these areas into my current doctoral capstone. read more...
- Website/Blog: https://www.smore.com/r0kdz
Check out Erin's reading of Everywhere, Wonder by Matthew Swanson. This book, while intended for a young elementary school audience, will captivate all and encourage a sense of wonder in new ways.
I came across this fantastic hardcover book at the Morton Arboretum Gift Shop in Lisle, Illinois recently. It is a fabulous source for information on fireflies and would be a perfect centerpiece for a lesson on them.
End of the year blahs got you? Never fear! Check out this insightful blog post on The Teaching Channel's blog Tchers' Voice to find ten tips for ending the school year with purpose and positivity.
Want to use Wonderopolis to spark authentic interest in a variety of topics in the middle or high school classroom? That is exactly what I have been helping my colleague and friend, Maegan Woodlee, do at Marion C. Moore School with her apathetic 12th graders who have a dire case of senioritis. I did something similar with independent reading a few years ago and we started with my experience. Then, she simply asked her students what they wonder about, creating a Wonder Wall on the large chalkboards in the front of her classroom. All students posted their wonders there. The rest unfolded with the handouts attached. I cannot wait to see the showcase of Wonder Projects when they are completed! This is a MUCH more engaging way to teach traditional research skills that prepare students for college-level writing than they are used to, and it makes teaching seniors a whole lot more exciting in an otherwise tough time of the school year. Check it out!
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For the last several years, Alan Alda has held a competition for scientists to explain science concepts in terms that students can understand. The judges are 11-year-old kids and the scientists are world-renowned. Check it out as many of these are great instructional tools! There was one contest on the flame, one on color, and the 2018 contest topic will be announced December 2017.