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About the Website

Inspired by the overwhelming desire of children to help others, I decided to create a website designed to infuse the concept of “Paying It Forward” within Elementary Classrooms.  “Pay It Forward” is a social movement that asks what each of us can do to serve others, without expecting anything in return.

Throughout my time teaching, I have learned that content instruction is one part of educating a child. Another part of education is focused on forming the whole child. At the school I student-taught at, this came in the form of infusing character education into your everyday instruction.

In light of what I have learned, this website consists of a Thematic Unit centered on what is known as the “common good.” What does it mean to be “good?” Who defines it? What are goods? How does it apply to everyday life? These are questions that I would hope to answer through this unit. This topic can be integrated into the content areas of Language/Communication Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math, at any grade level.  By infusing the concepts of critical literacy, I feel that this is the perfect blend of literacy, social action, and higher thinking.  This website will contain elements of media technology, as I feel that media is a great way to engage students’ critical thinking skills.  Most ideas on this website are designed for Third Grade.  I chose this grade level because many of the covered topics can be altered to fit all grades.

About Me

I am part student, part teacher.  I am also fully committed to being the change I wish to see in the world.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) in Broadcast and Electronic Communication.  Previously, I have worked for television and newspaper media in both Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois.

I graduated in December 2010 with my Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO).  Starting in Fall 2001, I will be working on my Ph.D. in Urban Education at Washington University in St. Louis.  My research will (hopefully) be focused on critical youth voice within the urban elementary classroom.  I have previously worked with rural Elementary classrooms in Northern Illinois, and in Metro St. Louis, Missouri.

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