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Happy Thursday! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ms. P, a 10-12th grade English teacher at an alternative high school in Colorado. Ms. P has wanted to be a teacher since she was 6 years old, and she says that the best part of being a teacher is, "I get paid to talk about books all day and make kids think."
Without further ado, let's take a look into Ms. P's classroom and some of the exciting, engaging projects she does with her students!
Ms. P's Classroom
Take a look inside Ms. P's classroom! I can tell she's passionate about Shakespeare, and I know the theme draws her students in!
Ms. P's Project Showcase
This first project gallery shows the Fairy Tale Museum Installation. According to Ms. P, students compared at least three different versions of a fairy tale, then they created a 3-dimensional piece to illustrate the symbolism in the story. Ms. P wanted to push her students to explore why they made certain visual choices in their projects so that they would not be drawn to replicate Disney (or other) films.
This next gallery shows the final product from a PBL (Project Based Learning) from Ms. P's Zombie Apocalypse research class. For this project, students created a survival plan for a group of 10 people in their location of choice.
Each student group contained four members who took on "Subject Matter Expert (SME)" roles for health, defense, morale, and nutrition. Students met in SME groups to complete challenges and earn tools for their teams; there were other challenges throughout the class such as using a Nerf bow to shoot a zombie (reward: virtual crossbow for the team) or relay sprint challenges (reward: virtual bicycle generator kit for the team).
Wouldn't you love to complete this project if you were a high school student? Talk about engaging!
Give us a feel-good student story.
A student who had no analysis skills and hated to read credited me with her college readiness and confidence.
What advice would you give to pre-service and first year teachers?
Find your groove and don't be afraid to do things your way.
What is your favorite way to engage in a little self-care during the school year?
Running, having a little alone time
Do you have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
Share your resources; you aren't an expert in everything, but you are in something. Find someone who will swap lessons with you.
Thank you so much to Ms. P for giving us a glimpse of her classroom life! If you would like to be considered for a future Teacher Feature, please apply here.
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