I have always loved reading, writing, and drama. Being an English/Language Arts (ELA) teacher allows me to share those passions with my students. If you'd like to peruse samples of assignments that I've done with past ELA classes, you can visit my old website.
If you asked me why I teach ELA the way that I do, I would tell you that ...
- I believe in the power of language. Writing and speaking help us define who we are and what we want from the world. The written and spoken word can impact others in profound ways -- influencing minds and changing hearts. Every person holds the kernel of this power inside of them, but that power can be strengthened and refined by studying how others have used language to great effect. We study how to use the writing process -- how to research, organize, revise, edit, and even publish our work -- so that we too can have a great impact on the world around us.
- I believe in the power of reading. When we read -- whether it's a book, poem, essay, script, article, or even a piece of fan fiction! -- we travel outside of our own skin and learn more about the world around us. We peak inside others' minds and what we learn can influence how we interact with the world. An ideal ELA class allows students to meet authors and genres that spark intense reactions as well introducing them to more complex works that may require some slow-simmering thought to fully digest.
- I believe that critical listening and viewing skills are as essential in today's world as critical reading. Many messages today are communicated through visual and/or aural methods, and it is essential that we be able to analyze how the methods themselves are influencing us. Every person should learn how to gauge the credibility of the message presented by a source as well as recognize how the method of presentation is attempting to sway our emotions.
Ultimately, studying ELA is about learning how to harness the power of language to make a better future for us all.