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SMALL GROUP - Middle School English with Scholastic Scope (In-Class Reading)

New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
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In this once-weekly ongoing class, we cover all areas of middle school/junior high English, reading, writing, speech, and grammar through a highly engaging, high-interest digital literary magazine made just for middle schoolers! #academic

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
This class is taught in English.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension, knowledge of literary genres, grammar, writing, speaking and listening skills, and ability to read textual features. If desired, complete Common Core standards and goals can be provided for each lesson as the monthly magazines are received. For a list of ELA skills covered in Scope magazine, please view this PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O4Y_0jzbJs9WPpxMAkWinXZS_TAg6W8o/view?usp=drivesdk.
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Teaching--especially in English, writing, and language arts--is a true passion of mine. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Secondary Education degree in English and Journalism, and then went on to teach in the public schools before setting off on my own as an online teacher and tutor.

My philosophy of education is to make it as fun, personalized, and as interactive as possible for the kids. I always try to even out my direct instruction/lecture time with plenty of opportunities for students to practice these new skills, take polls, play review games, and collaborate with peers.

I am happily married to my husband Brad, and we have two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Elise. We currently reside in Kansas in a small town, and we love the small town life.

Oh, and Zerr is pronounced "Zarr," so it rhymes with "car." 😉

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Hi! My name is Brittney. I received my Associates Degree in Elementary Education and my Bachelors Degree in English. I love working with kids and have experience with all ages. 

I am a wife and mother of four, ages 9, 6, 4, and 1, and the oldest of eight. I have been both a nanny and babysitter as well. Through my past employment and own kids, have gained experience with children with speech delays, autism, and ADHD. I have also worked as a classroom volunteer and ESL instructor. 

I love reading and writing and am a total bookworm. I also love dogs and cooking. My kitchen and my reading chair are my happy places! 

My teaching philosophy is that every child is different and my job is to make sure to embrace those differences to make the education experience the best for all the children. I also want to make sure I do my best to foster a love of reading in my students because, "if you can read, you can do anything!"

-Associates in Elementary Education
-Bachelors in English
-Former ESL instructor
-Experience with all ages

Hi! My name is Lida. I received my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and my Bachelor’s Degree in English. I love teaching students of all ages, especially middle and high school students.

I am a wife and mother of one son who loves taking classes through Outschool. I served as a teacher and administrator in a public high school for many years before entering the world of educational publishing. I have experience teaching all levels of English. When I am not teaching or writing about English, I enjoy reading, cooking with my husband, and performing science experiments with my son.

-Bachelor’s in English
-Master’s in Secondary Education
-Master’s in Educational Leadership
-17 years of classroom teaching experience
-3 years of curriculum development experience
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students may have optional homework from time to time over the material covered in class. It is there to help them practice and solidify their learning.
Students will be provided a digital magazine, worksheets, and videos in class. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
At New Horizons Academy, we understand how difficult setting your family's schedule can be, juggling everyone's activities and classes. To honor that time commitment, we are proud to be able to offer another of our organization's Outschool-approved and trained teachers (Mrs. Becky, Teacher Carissa, Ms. Monica, or Teacher Donna) in the rare occurrence of teacher illnesses or urgent personal events. This will allow you to keep your schedule in-tact as much as possible and keep the learning going!


External Resource: Lumio by SMART 

Lumio by SMART is an interactive lesson resource similar to Nearpod that engages learners through polls, games, sharing, as well as workspaces for individuals, groups, and the whole class! It’s a great way to elevate the learning experience. 

To join class, students will:  
1.  Go to hellosmart.com.  
2. Students can connect to class by signing in with their Google or Microsoft accounts, or they can join as GUESTS with a lesson code and simply type in their names/nicknames. 
3. If students would like to access the lesson outside of class time, they can either access the student-paced lesson link by signing in with a Google or Microsoft account, or accessing the PDF resources in the Outschool classroom.
Prepare for your first class by going through our Lumio tutorial in the enrollment/welcome email.
It will walk you through logging in, working things from the student side, and previews of the types of activities we may do in class! Reach out if you have any questions at all—we are always here to help. 
Scholastic Scope Magazine is used with express written permission with Mrs. Zerr purchasing digital licenses for the online magazine and resources. 
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in English from Emporia State University
Brittney Shaw
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Teaching--especially in English, writing, and language arts--is a true passion of mine. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Secondary Education degree in English and Journalism, and then went on to... 
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1x per week
50 min

Completed by 125 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
2-6 learners per class

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