From my work in Royal Oak since 1992 to my classes at Cranbrook Horizons-Upward Bound, Eastern Michigan University, The University of Michigan, South University, Oak Park High School, and West Bloomfield High School, I have taught dozens of courses. Here are some of the most recent.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
I have taught AP Literature since 2001. An advanced course in literary analysis and writing for recommended seniors only, the class has become a national model for blended learning instruction in Advanced Placement classes. My approach to the course includes an extensive survey of literary theory, from traditional historicism to postmodern cultural studies.
(Honors) ELA 9
English Language Arts 9 (and its Honors sections) are built on the MYP curriculum. The course has a global focus on literature and pursues questions of cultural literacy while helping students acquire an independence of writing style and reading growth while preparing them for the culminating MYP Personal Project for their sophomore year.
Theory of Knowledge
TOK is part of the Diploma Programme offerings of the IB. Beginnings in Fall 2018, the TOK course will uniquely cross several other classes as students lead deep inquiries into the nature of knowledge: how and why do we know what we believe we know? The course spans the 11th and 12th grade years, culminating in a formal presentation and philosophical essay for DP.
In Argumentation, we examine authentic experiences in conflict resolution, from managing online discourse to business meetings, from logic and research to classical studies. The course culminates with formal policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas values debate, or an extended social simulation of political policy-making.
Literature of the Western World
Literature of Non-Western World
AP Language and Composition
ELA 11 works as a culminating course for ELA studies, preparing students for fundamental expectations of university composition, ACT/SAT success, and some of the more powerful questions of modern society. Works such as 1984, Brave New World, The Trial, and other classical Western authors are studied.