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Andrea M. Hill
Theory on Teaching English


     Today, teaching English incorporates reading, writing and studying literature with a focus on practical application.  The English classroom should embrace writing as a form of self-expression, discussing grammatical conventions only as a means to improve clarity.  An effective English teacher challenges students in these areas, helping them grow in their understanding of the world around them.  Lessons learned in the English classroom become tools for students to use when studying the past and thinking about their role in the future.  Teaching English to these standards requires motivation and dedication on both the part of the teacher and the part of the student.

     As an English teacher, I will focus on social justice by empowering all students to become independent thinkers and achievers.  I plan to incorporate a wide range of literatures representing writers from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and life experiences.  My students will learn how to express themselves by writing and speaking in their own voices.  Using this model, teaching English is providing students with the tools to communicate more effectively by creating connections between literacy and their lives. 

     Students are the center of the learning environment, and by emphasizing this from the very beginning, students will be more open to learning.  I will explain to my students that education is an adventure, an experience in which they must be active learners.  By encouraging them to share prior knowledge and build upon it, I will help them realize the role they play in their own education.  I will not pour knowledge into my students or force rote memorization of facts.  Instead, I will be a facilitator as the students embark upon their educational journey.  I will teach for mastery by challenging students’ prior conceptions, forcing them to analyze current thought, and advocate the creation of personal theories and beliefs based upon facts.