Mrs. Smith

Welcome to Mrs. Smith's ELA website!

This website page provides information about the class you are taking. The tabs include three academic courses. If you hover your mouse over each one, you will see that each tab has subpages you can access, which are entitled "Lesson Plans," "Syllabus," and "Calendar." Each week, you will be able to see a broad perspective of lesson plans for the following week. DOK levels and standards will be attached because I grade based on the Kansas State Standards.  Soft skills are observed and recorded daily, and any parent or guardian is welcome to contact me via phone or email if they have any questions about behavior, attendance, timeliness, etc.

A little about my professional experience: 
I taught in public and private schools for five years before obtaining my Masters in English at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. During this time, I worked as a writing tutor, an English 1010 writing instructor, and a graduate assistant. We moved to Topeka in 2013. After being a stay-at-home mom for a year and a half, I decided to go back to work. I taught as a certified substitute teacher for one semester and was hired on as an English teacher here at Topeka High! This is my fourth year at THS, and I am looking forward to a great year!

My teaching philosophy:
When I was obtaining my teaching license, one professor made us take a quiz about our philosophy about teaching. My results came back as Progressive/Romantic. Basically, I am willing to learn the latest and greatest piece of technology to help students master standards, but I also want students to naturally seek the desire to learn by using inquiry and research. I also feel that all students should be respected and heard as long as they respect and hear others.

Lessons and Grading: 
I plan my lessons based upon the Kansas State Standards and which ones students need to focus on the most. I teach with high standards and expect students to master these standards, no matter how long it takes for them to get there. Having said this, I also provide options and supplemental materials for students who struggle with the content.  The grading policy is standards-based, so students will have multiple chances to master the standards. If you have further questions about lessons or the grading policy, please contact me.

Shauna Smith
(785) 295-3302

Subpages (1): Ms. King