I have been teaching for over twenty years, the last ten in middle school. I left an elementary position to take over a Computer Technology position and while my principal always made sure at least one ELA class was part of content, my heart is and always has been with Reading and Writing.
This year I decided to make a change and will be a full time 8th Grade ELA teacher. That will mean bringing out and dusting off some different learning strategies, as computer use won’t be as easy but in the long run, I will be more satisfied.
The Common Core State Standards have rejuvenated my passion as well as provided a focus for how to help students manage complex text and prepare them to communicate in this ever changing world.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling. You can learn more about me at http://www.debbieshoulders.com