AMS Flower ELA teacher Mrs. Dear describes what a typical day of Middle School English Language Arts is like.
A typical day for an ELA teacher is multifaceted. You can start out with a concrete plan and then realize you need to adapt very quickly based upon the students interest in the topic at hand and their ability to sit still.
Typically what I do is I start out with our pacing guide and then from that moment, I’ll start doing research and I look for video clips. I look for additional literature on the topic and try to find it in many forms. So I will find the story written, I will find a video clipping of the story and if I could find a play or something that was also based on the story, the kids really get involved. They love it. I did this for the Diary of Anne Frank and I did it also for the novel The Good Earth.
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My name is Curtis Walker, and I am the Principal of Academy of Math and Science Flower.
Six years ago, I began my career with AMS as a teacher. I was a middle school language arts teacher and I transition from middle school language arts to an Assistant Principal position with the Camelback campus. Three years ago, was asked to become Principal and serve the community at AMS Flower and so three years ago I became the Principal at the Academy of Math and Science.
What makes AMS Flower so special and different from any other school is our sense of community. Here at AMS Flower we celebrate one another, we have a growth mindset, we look out for each other every single day and that is something that you do not find anywhere else.
Each and every day our teachers come to work, and they are happy to be here. That is something that you don’t find often when you’re talking about schools and education, especially in the midst of pandemic. And so our teachers come ready every day, happy and ready to work for our kids and ready to serve our community.
From front office, to facilities, to our paraprofessionals, to our teachers; there is a sense of collaboration, there’s a sense of community and we have each other’s backs.
Every minute matters. Every minute of instruction matters and every minute of building and fostering relationships matter here at AMS Flower. Our kids need us just as much as we need them. Our kids are special there is so much hope so much potential so much that we are looking forward to seeing all of her students on a daily basis.
Our students start with us beginning in kindergarten and they matriculate all the way through to 8th grade and that is something special within itself. What happens within those years is all on our teachers. Our teachers work their hardest every single day and commit themselves to planning lessons on a daily basis, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality of Education possible.
Along the way, there’s the integration of Technology and making sure that celebrations are happening along the way. Our teachers want to make sure that our students have every opportunity afforded to them outside of AMS Flower.”
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