I taught English in Houston area public schools for a decade before moving to Austin. Early on in my teaching career, I was introduced to the instructional theorists like Jerome Bruner and Lev Vygotsky, and the applied neuroscience of David Sousa. Thanks to this immersion, I depended a lot on model texts. My students wrote a lot, and I wrote what they wrote, and everybody learned.
Here are a few examples:
-A post-Covid blog post that discusses the importance of navigating successfully between the abstract and concrete.
-Another post that emphasizes the benefits for writers and creators who steal like shameless magpies.
-A pre-Covid process blog I created for a multigenre research project on the French artist Madame Vigée Lebrun
-A during Covid post where I taught characterization through music videos remotely for the very first time
-A model text for critical writing on Proust and memory
Teaching Blog and Model Texts
AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, 9th grade English, 10th grade English