My first prompt is to write the story of my life in 250 words or less.
I was born in the Washington D.C. area and lived a great childhood for nine years there. When I was nine, my parents moved to the St. Louis area. I became the oldest of five and I love my four other siblings. I learned to play the violin and piano. I participated in lots of music things, including a great choir throughout my high school I graduated from high school and went on to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Moving at eighteen continued my division of thirds in where I lived. I started my history teaching major early on and then later added an English teaching minor and Political Science teaching minor. During college, I met my husband Brian. We were married in 2008 about halfway through my college career. I ended up graduating with honors in 2010 and promptly started looking for a job. I accepted a position at Cedar Ridge Academy as the Social Studies teacher. I have since become the English teacher and lead teacher as well. I have been in Roosevelt for three years now. I have really gotten use to the smaller town life and I hope to be around this area for a little while longer. But maybe in 2014 I will be destined to move and keep with my life in thirds.
My second prompt is to:
Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)To be honest, I have no idea what to write about here. I educate on a regular basis so I should have lots of ideas. I guess that I am plumb out of ideas. I guess people at work would say that I am good at teaching because I explain things well. So I will talk about that for a minute. The idea that a concept can be hard to understand is something that students struggle with everyday. I try to do the basics first--I pull on visuals and audio learning. Sometimes that works and the problem is solved. Other times, I pull in examples from their lives or what they are familiar with. By relating it to something that they already understand it helps them to grasp it a little bit easier. One thing that helps students too is actually applying what they are learning. They need action! So...relate it to things they know and let them practice!