I got my official start date, and it is September 9th! I also was officially introduced to one of my 7th grade classes (who couldn’t have been sweeter.) I am planning away, catching up on last year’s curriculum, and spending every free moment on Pinterest (who knew Pinterest was soo good for teachers?!) I’m having a ton of fun but am also trying to ignore my persistent nerves about the first week. Will everything go as planned? What will my flubs be about? Will I trip and fall on my face (as I did while subbing for 3rd graders once)? Nobody can say! I’m walking in with a good, hearty sense of humor about myself and lots of enthusiasm. Lord knows I have received enough motivation between my teacher’s classes and the kind support shown by admin and staff.
First impressions: I’m working at a small charter school with pretty well-behaved students! They wear uniforms and follow procedures to get things done. The school is in a lower – income community in LA. It feels like a very special place. For one, it’s clear everyone feels totally at ease when they are there. It is their home away from home. And isn’t that exactly what a school should be?
Since everyone feels so comfortable, it’s not hard for me to jump on the bandwagon and feel great about things! Ready… set… school year!!!
The books I read and loved as a middle schooler — A Wrinkle in Time, Where the Red Fern Grows, anything by Judy Blume — are still widely circulated today. As I prepare to begin the school year, I am thinking about middle grades reading. Particularly, I am thinking about the books I haven’t yet read. The other day, I feverishly downloaded four new titles to my kindle:
The Ethan I Was Before
I am really excited about all of them, but Tuck Everlasting is most enticing and I started reading it right away. Next, I think I’ll go for The Ethan I Was Before. I’m curious about it since I haven’t heard as much about the story. The Giver is a modern classic which everyone seems to love and cherish, and Esperanza Rising keeps turning up on everyone’s lists. So, why not? I’m looking forward to some good reading!
These are the goodies I’ve got my eye on as the 2019-20 school year begins… (revised 8/31/19)
- 1 Small bookshelf
- El Deaf-O by Cece Bell
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier
- Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
- Into the Volcano by Don Wood
- …Or other hi-lo books for middle grade students
- 1-2 Strings twinkle lights
- 1 Bluetooth speaker or other portable speaker to plug into computer
- Gift card in any amt. to Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc.
I am Ms. Goldstein, and more than once I have been called “English Teacher Extraordinaire.” That is because I am also a bookworm, writer, content marketer, and lover of all things English. I am committed to developing the whole student to be a conscientious and productive society member.
I use ELA skills (reading comprehension and writing) to teach about something central to all our lives: communication. We must be able to communicate effectively if we hope to get hired for the jobs we apply to and interview for. We also need good communication skills to navigate the social world and family life. As we move through our different experiences, these core skills help us in many ways big and small. Through interesting, current, relevant reading assignments and interactive and intuitive projects, my students improve their written and oral communication skills so they can be successful in college and life.
I am a Los Angeles native. I have a BA in Liberal Arts from UC-Berkeley (2012) and an MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University (2016.) I have been teaching and tutoring in ELA and SAT/Verbal Reasoning since 2011, and am currently enrolled in a teacher credentialing program through the Los Angeles County Office of Education. I am earning a Single Subject English Teaching Credential (2021.) Until then, I can teach in public and charter schools with an “intern credential” — which for all intents and purposes is the same thing!
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