English Teacher-Grades 7 & 8
Coming from Somerset Area School District, I jumped into a position at Kiski Area School District teaching 7th & 8th grade English in 2005. I was well prepared for this age group, as I student taught middle school at Forest Hills in Sidman, PA. Although I moved rooms twice, my schedule remained relatively the same. I was the only English teacher in the building (5 total) that taught both the 7th & 8th grade. At the time of my resignation, I taught four 7th grade classes and two 8th grade classes; however, in past years I've had a mixture. The main focus of middle school English was to develop the students writing skills. In English class, we read approximately three novels, including the popular young adult fiction author S.E. Hinton, as well as more popular reads like The Hunger Games. We covered plays, poetry, & short stories. Grammar was another focus in English class, mainly how it affects the students' writing. Also, state standards suggested that six writings a year must be accomplished in English, ranging from Informative & Persuasive, to Narrative & Creative. Students also practiced journaling in my class to creatively respond to given prompts, as well as learned daily vocabulary.