Welcome, Students and Families!
This year I have a new teaching assignment. After 11 years of teaching Core or English Language Arts, I will be teaching Creative Writing and working as an instructional specialist. As a 0.8 FTE teacher, I will teach one period less than full time, with one section of Novice Creative Writing (mostly term, but with some year-long students) and one section of Mastery Creative Writing (year long). I will also be an Instructional Specialist, working with students and teachers to provide literacy and mathematics support. In addition, I advise the school wide literary magazine (Dragons' Fire) and the Creative Writing Capstone. This is my 13th year at da Vinci.
Each day, I update our classroom schedule on a white board dedicated for this purpose. This posted schedule includes the day's agenda, learning target(s), and due dates. I also take time most days to clarify assignments, give reminders about task timelines and due dates, and provide the opportunity for students to make notes in their paper or digital planners. Typically, there is no homework for Creative Writing, unless a student falls behind on a project. I put class-related information on this website, which I update daily. Student planners and binders may also have information about and/or handouts for assignments.
About the Teacher
Deschutes National Forest, Summer 2017
As you can probably guess from the pictures, I am a mom as well as a teacher. This year, our daughter is in freshman at Roosevelt High School, and our son is a fifth grader grader Beach Elementary. They are both in Spanish immersion programs, and they both play a lot of competitive soccer! I work less than full time by choice so that I have more hours (and energy) available for my own children. But I have been a teacher longer than I have been a mom.
For my first five years of teaching, I taught upper elementary students. Then I realized that I really wanted to work with middle schoolers, which I have been doing for the last 12 years. I love the energy of young people at this age. And I particularly enjoy teaching writing, which I feel is critical for sixth through eighth graders, as it is the key to ongoing success in high school and beyond. I teach because I believe in the importance of supporting youth in developing as critical thinkers and literate human beings. I am licensed and experienced in teaching language arts, mathematics, and social studies with this age group. This is the fourth year da Vinci has offered (and I have taught) the Creative Writing elective.
Class Syllabus and Expectations
Anna and Jake, snow day, Winter 2017
On or about the first day of school, teachers usually send home various pieces of "backpack mail," including items such as a letter of introduction, a syllabus or year-long curriculum plan, class expectations, and a discipline plan. To save paper and reduce waste, the only paper I will send home with all students is a copy of my introductory letter. Other information is available on this website, To learn about the classes I am teaching in 2018-19, click on the Syllabus and Classroom Expectation files below:
If you would like to know more about my how our classroom works, click on this link to see my Classroom Practices Plan (link to be reinstated once this is updated).
I prefer for students to use a three-ring binder with dividers for each class and a pencil pouch or box with writing utensils inside. Arts and crafts supplies, like scissors, glue sticks, and colored pens or pencils may be useful from time to time.Creative Writing students may choose to keep a one-inch binder for the course in the classroom. I am working on acquiring donations of one-inch binders. Da Vinci gives each student a paper planner; I allow use of digital planners as well.
The best way to contact me is to send me at email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the school at (503) 916-5356 to leave a message on my voicemail. Finally, you are welcome to make judicious use of my cell phone for text or voicemail at (503) 805-8834.