Name: Taiesha Flenaugh
I currently teach 6th. I’ve also taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th grade
English/History and multiple subjects
Paul Revere Charter Middle School/Los Angeles Unified School District
Local writing project: UCLA Writing Project (UCLAWP)
Awards & Recognition
- UCLAWP Teacher Consultant
- National Board Certified Teacher
- 2014 Norman Mailer Writing Awards, Middle High School Teacher, Creative Non-fiction Semi-Finalist
The UCLA Writing Project has given me permission to embrace creativity in designing lessons and curriculum. By integrating texts and topics that resonate deeply with me, I can formulate innovative standards-based lessons and units. My passion for the topics motivates my students to learn more. In turn, I am consistently motivated to improve my teaching practice.
As a writer, I have joined an off-shoot of the UCLA Writing Project called Writers Anonymous. This is a writing group that meets monthly to read our works in progress and offer suggestions for revision. Writers Anonymous has nurtured my writing practice and challenged me to publish. I have a better understanding of how to teach writing after experiencing the triumphs and setbacks of toiling to craft a piece of writing that is just right.
I have been a participant in professional development sessions that inspire me to plan learning experiences for teachers that have immediate impact on the students they teach. As a Teacher Consultant, I use the strategies I have been taught and ones that I developed through trial and error to help design my own teacher workshops. After presenting for UCLA Writing Project, I receive immediate feedback. So my presentations have exponentially improved since working with UCLA Writing Project in 2009.
I believe that the best way for me to support student development in independent writing (or for students to internalize writing techniques), is for me to be able to draw from my first-hand experience as a writer.
Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay by Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer provides easy to use lessons that support students digging deep into literature and learning about life through critical thinking instead of formatting and filling-in-the-blanks as a means to compose.