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My name is Danah and I am a rehabilitated/retired chemical engineer who just completed a double masters in Teaching Secondary Education and in English Literature at Salem State University. This year, I am preparing to teach 9th and 10th grade English at Lexington Christian Academy. I am a great lover of multimodal and digital literacies, rhetoric and composition, and non-canonical authors and their works.
I consider myself to be a teacher-scholar; my pedagogy and my scholarship hold equal weight in my life and inform one another constantly. One of my primary goals is to be developing and growing constantly in both of these areas.
About My Blog:
For me, holding myself accountable to my goal of consistent personal growth means being conscious and intentional about the ways that I effect change as a scholar and as an educator and the ways in which change is affected in me in my pursuit of these roles. I would like this blog to reflect, chronicle, and share the ways these callings seep into the different aspects of my academic, professional, and personal life. This blog is both a record and a resource, as well as a way to include the people in my life as part of my journey.
I have kept my goals for the content of this blog intentionally broad. Sometimes I stay up late pouring over an academic essay that has the potential to totally revolutionize the way I think about composition pedagogy. Sometimes I am struggling between two different classroom management methods and wondering if it is morally suspect to straight up experiment on groups of students. Other times, I am choosing the best of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe to make cookies for the kind-hearted seniors who didn’t hesitate to stay after school to help me jumpstart my dead car battery. I want to create a space where all of these different experiences and thoughts can coexist, presenting a holistic image of the role that teaching plays in my life and in the lives of those around me. I hope to create an authentic representation of my experiences as a new teacher that can be shared, critiqued, and reflected on. Or laughed at. Your call.
To that end, I have organized my posts into 3 main categories: academics, my classroom, and personal. My academic blog posts house content from my current and ongoing scholarship or research. Posts appearing in my classroom category include direct and tangible resources for or products from my personal classroom experience. My personal blog posts chronicle my own journey and experiences as I grow into my roles as an educator and a scholar. Many of my posts cannot be categorized into just one of these categories and so they appear in more than one. If you are more interested in the posts than the categories they fall into, my full lineup of posts can be read in chronological order by clicking “all posts.”
Finally, I appreciate, value, and invite feedback in any way, shape, or form. I love comments, messages, ideas, encouragement, correction, criticism etc. etc. etc.
If you’ve made it to the end of this, I owe you at least one gold star sticker. Happy browsing!