It is our duty as educators to provide purposeful, equitable, and rigorous content; to teach social responsibility; and to provide every student with the skills necessary to reach their goals. My university teaching experience includes composition courses as well as courses in Curriculum & Instruction.
Courses Taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education
This service learning course focuses on social-justice oriented responses to confronting challenges of schooling, including perceptions of persons and their behavior with regard for one’s race, ethnicity, language background, gender, gender identity, ability, social class, and sexual orientation.
Classroom Management for Secondary Educators
This course is designed to inform students of basic principles of good classroom management within a social justice framework. That is, students will learn about motivating student learning through clear classroom management strategies, communicating with parents and families regarding student behavior, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, responding to challenging student behaviors, and responding to bullying.
Elementary Education Practicum II
This seminar and field experience course provides pre-service teachers with the necessary skills to enter into their student teaching experience. Students prepare and facilitate lesson plans, learn essential methods for facilitating classroom discussion, develop technology focused lesson plans, practice classroom management techniques, and regularly meet with their supervisor, becoming reflective teachers.
Student Teaching Elementary School
This seminar and field experience course provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to reflect on their teaching, learn from the teaching experiences of others, and discuss issues related to education that transcend the individual school setting. The seminar is designed primarily to help students broaden their perspectives on teaching, and a teacher’s’ place in school, at the same time they are becoming familiar with specific methods and procedures in a classroom. Students work to establish a community that promotes collaboration, collegiality, and reflection and continue to heighten the reflective process in order to improve daily teaching practice so that they feel ready to take responsibility for a classroom of their own, wherever that classroom may be. Cohort News: Student Teaching Course Blog
Courses Taught at University of Alaska Anchorage
Introduction to Composition
While an introductory composition course focused in responding to academic and civic writing situations, my students learned rhetorical knowledge; engaged in critical thinking, reading, and writing; and participated in inquiry and research writing, and documentation, while exploring the benefits and complexity in composing for a variety of audiences, in multiple modes of communication (text, audio, and video) through community based research.
Persuasive Writing focuses on elements of the writing process, rhetorical situations, and persuasive strategies as students work to develop a broad range of analytical, persuasive, and research skills. I collaborated with my colleague in transforming this course into a topic themed course in the importance of identity. Students were asked to explore who they are, where they came from, how they identified with others, and how others identified them in order to understand how they form arguments. We explored the concept of identity from a variety of perspectives as students were asked to think critically about their own and others’ identities, labels, and stereotypes while composing arguments that deal with issues surrounding a particular identity.
This course familiarizes students with technical communication, or the process of creating, designing, and transmitting technical information so that people can understand it easily and use it effectively. Students become acquainted with technical communication principles and conventions about style, usability, and design, and produce a variety of technical documents including memos, a feasibility report, a peer evaluation, incorporation of graphics, professional emails, and a professional portfolio while conducting primary and secondary research.