Research Study of English Language Learners
This is a research study and paper that my colleague, Morgan Kinstner, and I developed in response and reflection to a pre-college writing course that we taught with other pre-service teachers and professors at Michigan State. I included this to illustrate to my students, peers and other educators how I overcame my inexperience with teaching English Language Learners to teach a class of Chinese students about the joys of reading and writing in English. As a future teacher, I want my students to know that I will always approach them as individuals and will go above and beyond as a teacher and mentor to help them grow in their writing and language acquisition.
Argumentative Writing Prompts
This is a set of argumentative writing prompts that I developed for an argumentative writing unit, a reflection on the process of developing argumentative writing prompts, and an example of student work with revision suggestions for one prompt. I included this to illustrate to my students, peers and other educators my process for developing writing prompts as well as how I would hypothetically assess students based on the criteria I established. As a future teacher, I want my students to know how I will be assessing them and what I expect out of their writing with an emphasis on argumentation and claim, warrant and evidence. I also want my students to know that I am constantly reshaping and revising my prompts and rubrics to fit the needs of my students and their writing.
This is an essay that I wrote about my writing philosophy as it relates to communication. I included this to illustrate to my students, peers and other educators how I approach English education as it pertains to writing and language. I especially wanted my students to see how my student-centered and language-focused education strategies place emphasis on student improvement in their work as well as importance in their growth as human beings and critical thinkers. As a future teacher, I want my students to know that they are valued and important inside and outside of the classroom, and they are responsible for their work and their choices. I am here to educate and mentor them throughout the entire process.