My study at William and Mary has been largely focused on developing curriculum. Between my curriculum planning class, practicum teaching, my involvement in curriculum development as part of Project Civis, and my thesis in which I created an instructional model, I have spent countless hours immersed in curricular issues. I have always enjoyed planning high quality lessons and units for my students, so to be able to develop my curriculum development skills and to expand my repertoire of instructional strategies has been wonderful.

The table below further provides examples and further explanations for how these four components of my William and Mary experience have expanded my skills in content and pedagogical planning.

Daily Life in Athens and Sparta
This is a lesson I designed for my curriculum class as part of a unit entitled Ancient Greece: Culture and Influence. In it, third grade gifted learners use all of their senses to learn about ancient Greek life.

Learning and Thinking in Ancient Greece
This is another lesson from Ancient Greece: Culture and Influence. In this lesson, third graders become philosophers.

The Poetry of Langston Hughes
This is a lesson I taught in my practicum. In it, we explored Langston Hughes' powerful ability to communicate emotion through the language and rythms in his poetry. Students learned about Hughes' life and work, interpreted a poem as a group, and then, in small groups, analyzed a poem. Student groups shared their understanding of the emotions conveyed in their poem through an interpretive reading. Students showed innovative use of rhythmic speaking, clapping, gesture, and dance to share their assigned poems. I was very impressed!

The Civil Rights Movement and The American Revolution
As part of Project Civis, I had to conduct a great deal of research on the Civil Rights Movement and the American Revolution in order to plan lessons for those two units. I also became knowledgeable about some new-to-me instructional strategies, such as Structured Academic Controversy.
Unfortunately, I am not free to share lessons I designed for Project Civis, as the units are currently in implementation. Learn more about Project Civis here.
Historical Interpretation: An Instructional Model for Gifted Learners in the Middle Grades 
In writing units for Project Civis, I integrated the use of student role play based on research of historical figures. I expanded this into a curricular model for use with gifted learners for my thesis.
This abstract provides an overview of the work. (My thesis is available upon request.)