I have been a high school English and history teacher for over twenty-five years. I frequently tell my students that practicing writing is the only way to improve or stay sharp as a writer, and today, July 1, 2015, I decided to put my money (or at least my fingers) where my mouth is by starting my first blog. I am actively involved in curriculum development and implementation, and I am especially interested in using technology to engage students and bring a more varied learning experience to the classroom.
So, what’s up with Socrates Underground? Like Socrates, I encourage my students to question the world and ideas around them. I believe true learning only begins when we challenge ourselves to explore uncomfortable and unfamiliar ideas. I feel that the world is enriched by those who are willing to consider both new and old ideas. In Socratic form, I engage my students in dialogs, and my students likewise introduce me to new ideas each year which I believe make me a better teacher. Underground…? Well, any time you’re encouraging the new generation to question the tried and true traditions of the past, it can be misconstrued as a bit subversive. I believe that the most deeply and truly held beliefs are those that have withstood introspection, and I encourage my students to understand the source of their beliefs, not abandon them. I have a passion for what I do and hope to continue growing and working with young people for for many more years.
In 2015, I was honored to receive a Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. This tremendous honor was the result of a former student’s nomination citing the impact I had on her life. You can read about the award at the Kennedy Center website. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/awards/sondheim/nominees15.cfm.
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