- Blogging Project for 8th Grade Creative Writers: Using KidBlog and Google Documents that I created, students engage in a three-week blogging project exploring the application of various literary concepts creatively on subjects of their choosing. An important and pivotal aspect of this project is the requirement for students to provide effective feedback using the commenting features of the blog. I spent several weeks this school year researching the effect of sharing and blogging on writing fluency and had some surprising and encouraging results that I hope to share in a future blog post. I am also working on having the 50-page report published in a scholarly journal.
- Go Team! My Leadership and Group Work Mentality: According to several online assessments of my personality and my past actions, I operate under a participative style of leadership. As an ENFJ, I fall under the category of “teachers” along with 2-5% of the population. To read more about how my experiences as a high school yearbook advisor and competitive cheerleading coach have informed my outlook at as a leader, read this page.
- Instructional Unit: Text Analysis with the Rhetorical Triangle: This downloadable PDF highlights my skills as an instructional designer. At the time that I designed this unit, I taught 9th grade English. Our state had just adopted the Common Core State Standards, and, as one of four teachers from my school selected to work on Broward County’s Common Core team, I had in depth knowledge of the standards and upcoming expectations of students. I designed this unit in anticipation of the new demands that would be placed on 9th grade students. If you would like to visit the online “home” for this project that includes links to all of the instructional materials, including videos, please click here.
- Immersive Writing Project for Lord of the Flies: I have to say, this is one of my favorite. Not only do I love teaching this particular novel, but I got to create a video (a hobby of mine) and this was the first opportunity where I had my students use blogs for educational purposes. The project was an enormous success! In order to protect my students’ identities, though, I cannot allow access to their work. Suffice it to say, my students were incredibly creative in their writing. Please click the link above to get a sense of the entire project.
- Jimmy’s Journal, a digital story: Digital storytelling was one of my favorite courses. Through my readings, I truly began to understand the importance of story as a learning tool in all content areas — not just my first love, English. I also learned the magnificent “story spine” method for planning and writing stories, and this has changed the way I teaching writing. By the time I began this course, I had accepted my current teaching position as a creative and dramatic writing middle school teacher for Pine Crest Preparatory School. I created this story for this students. My professor now uses this as her example. I used this video to introduce journal writing to my students at the beginning of my course.
- Professional Development for Common Core: As part of my study with the blended learning approach to education and out of necessity at the time, I designed a blended learning model for professional development on the Common Core State Standards. I accepted my position at an independent school before I was able to see this implemented at my former school.
- Imagery for Impact: a unit for middle school creative writers learning the foundations for creative writing and providing peer critiques that are truly constructive: I created this unit in the summer leading up to beginning my tenure as a teacher at my current school. At the end of this unit as planned, students were able to respond critically to three other classmates’ descriptive writing by analyzing their peers’ writing and use of imagery with constructive, detailed, specific commentary and to utilize the teacher-created rubric as a guide. In order to achieve the main unit objectives students also learned to identify imagery in published writing; discuss the impact of imagery using examples; and write poetry and prose using imagery. All of the resources, materials, and rationales are available at this website or can be downloaded as a PDF here.
- Online Creative Writing Course: For one of my courses in graduate school, I needed to develop the beginning of an online course. This course was imagined as a virtual high school course. In order to access this online course on CourseSites, a free version of BlackBoard, you can access the course by typing in “GatorGuest” as the login name and “creative” as the password (case sensitive) (No longer active – As of May 27, 2017 I’m trying to have it reactivated.).