Grade(s): 9 / 11
Creative, energetic, and organized are three adjectives that best describe my teaching method. As a teacher, it is my goal to reach all of my students by engaging them in as many different learning experiences as possible. My current online teaching position has given me the skills necessary to fully implement 21st century technology in my classroom. I utilize blogs, wikis, social media, Twitter and other web 2.0 applications on a daily basis. I have taught a variety of English classes throughout my teaching career including: 7th grade reading, high school reading, 9th grade literature, 10th grade literature, American literature, world literature, advanced world literature, publications, speech, composition and research, and college composition. I also have had the opportunity to author curriculum for several successful online classes including: Native American Literature, English 12, and Media & Society. Teaching and creating such a large variety of classes has given me a very extensive knowledge base and has taught me to be extremely open-minded and flexible when working with students at different levels. My passion lies in instructional design & technology. I love analyzing, developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating new curriculum. I am fully trained in using a variety of learning management systems including: Moodle, Blackboard, and eclassroom. I have created and taught successful classes from the ground up. Specialties Online course design, Moodle, Blackboard, Google Apps for educators, web 2.0 tools, technology in education, online collaboration, 21st century technology, online teaching, instructional design.
Linda Neuman loves teaching English. Her philosophy on teaching is simple: "All students can learn. But it's important for a teacher to be flexible, and to try to find a student's motivation--we are all motivated by different things for different reasons. Find the motivator and you have found the key!" She is a big proponent of experiential learning, task-based learning, and technology in the classroom. Neuman started teaching in 2000, following a successful career as an international journalist/producer. Prior to her journeys abroad she hosted the local segment of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" in Rockford, Illinois, and often covered the "education beat" for the newsroom. Having observed numerous educators in action, she became intrigued with the many different ways students learn. She is especially interested in student-centered learning. "My latest fascination is the flipped classroom. It makes so much sense to have the students first watch a tutorial at home, then use classroom time to apply the concepts being learned, instead of the other way around. I love the way it motivates students to work together and get creative about problem-solving." Neuman teaches English as a Second Language in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis region, and is also an editor, writer, and general subjects tutor. Her passions are reading, writing, humor, the arts, and new technologies. She also loves traveling, hiking, archery, cycling, and good conversation.