Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching focuses on utilizing technology and critical pedagogy. For example, in my Dual Credit ENG 1302: Written Argument and Research RTI course (Spring 2016), I utilized new technologies and Google Hangouts to allow students in both locations to collaborate together on projects as well as to better accomplish discussion participation between both groups. Similarly in ENG 1301 College Reading and Writing I employed a flip classroom model by recording lecture topics such as how to write an annotated bibliography and made these videos available to students to watch as needed throughout the semester. Critical pedagogy drives my teaching as can be seen in the way I create problem-posing assignments that engage students critical thinking skills. For example, in ENG 1301 students read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice then researched ways that it was been adapted over the years such as into different movies like Lost in Austen and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They researched these adaptations as examples of transformative storytelling and asked themselves how these new works continued Jane Austen’s social commentary on constructions of gender and social class but updated to apply to our time. I frequently utilize a flipped classroom model and record material for my students that they can refer back to throughout the course as needed. I utilize technology to create student lead opportunities for collaborative projects utilizing multimedia where small groups of students are teaching their peers.

My secondary teaching experience:

Campbell ISD, 2014-present, Secondary English and Theatre Teacher

I am currently teaching high school at Campbell ISD. I am also an adjunct professor at Paris Junior College- I teach ENG 1301/1302 for Campbell ISD. I also sponsor a theatre club, direct the high school and junior high UIL One Act Play, and sponsor Student Council (STUCO).

2016-2017 courses taught: ENG I Honors, ENG II Honors, ENG II, Dual Credit English 1301/1302, High School Theatre, 8th grade theatre, and STAAR English EOC Prep. Director of high school and middle school UIL One Act Play.

2015-2016 courses taught: ENG 1301/1302 Dual Credit, ENG 4, ENG 2 and Honors, 7th grade creative writing, EOC Prep, and high school theatre. Directed high school one act play: Steel Magnolias written by Robert Harling. Took over as STUCO sponsor.

2014-2015 courses taught: ENG 1301/1302 Dual Credit, ENG 2 and Honors, ENG 3 and Honors, EOC Prep, high school and junior high theatre. Directed high school one act play: The Tell-Tale Heart written by Luella McMahon adapted from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

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I have raised over $3665.39 in Donor’s Choose projects. Click here to see them.

My college teaching experience:

Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2012-2014, TA-Instructor of Record


ENG 1301 US College Reading & Writing and ENG 1302 US Written Argument and Research. I instructed an average of 25 students per course with 2 courses a semester. One section was a sheltered course with a majority of non-native English speakers from South Korea. I created online learning tools for students including video lectures and online guides, created and gave lectures, evaluated student writing and 
ethnography projects, kept attendance and record of grades, taught web enhanced sections with eCollege, etc.

Paris Junior College, Campbell, TX, 2012-Present, Adjunct Instructor


Dual Credit ENG 1301 US College Reading & Writing and ENG 1302 US Written Argument and Research
. I taught two courses per semester of which one was dual credit at Campbell High School and the other was online using Blackboard. I created online learning tools for students including video lectures and online 
 guides, created and gave lectures, evaluated student writing and ethnography projects, kept attendance and 
record of grades, etc. In the 2015-2016 year I taught it as an where another school joined our class and I taught both schools simultaneously. We used Google Hangouts on Air to broadcast the lecture. It also recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube. I had students type their essays in Google Docs so they could invite me to edit it so I could monitor their progress in real time, even those students who were on the other campus. We also utilized Blackboard for handouts and final assignment submissions.

 

Assignments I have created…

ENG 1302: Ethnography Literacy Projects

The ENG 1302 courses I taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce focused on having students create an ethnography project examining how a community utilized literacy (specifically focusing on literacy sponsorship within discourse communities). My students focused on online discourse communities. I created this website for them full of resources, my assignment customized assignment prompts that meet the requirements of the department for ENG 1302 courses, etc. I have kept this website up as an example of my teaching for this digital portfolio and I have had other teachers utilize my resources.

http://www.eng1302.rachelcantrell.com/

High School: Project Based Learning Example

This is a project to accompany the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth. This combined novel analysis with rhetorical fallacies. Students created a print ad and a commercial script (which was performed in front of the class). The class tried to identify the logical fallacies each group used and voted on which group they thought used it most effectively in relation to the novel.

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Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store to see more assignments I have created for courses I have taught: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Phoenix-Ink

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