Welcome to Back to School Night 2015!
Students and Parents: for ERWC and English 10 Homework, please sign up for Remind. It's a free, private, one-way group text messaging service developed by teachers for teachers. I send out major assignment updates periodically through this service. You do not need a smartphone to register for Remind.
Registration is very simple:
Send a text to 81010 with the message @erwc01 or @10CP01 depending on your grade level. You will receive a reply stating you have been added to the roster!
Methodology and Education
In my sixth year with ELCO's English department, I'm thrilled to be teaching 12th grade nonfiction literature (ERWC). My teaching goals for the year include a curiosity-driven exploration of nonfiction, poetry, hybrid works, literary criticism and multimedia. We'll focus on the art and science of reading, writing, thinking and speaking and on the ways in which these traditional practices provide a platform for our contemporary experiences as young citizens in an increasingly complex world.
Some of the lenses we'll be using to analyze texts include gender, ethnicity, economics, authorial intention and style. Some of the contexts we'll be discussing to effectively "position" and "focus" these lenses include the historical, the social/political and the personal. While I subscribe to Tupac's line, "I was given this world, I didn't make it," I also believe (perhaps paradoxically) that we do compose the world through our thoughts, actions and associations. I'm interested in the essential questions of who we are becoming in the world and how we can most effectively use our work ethic and privilege to do something valuable and enjoyable within it.
The classroom is a critical hub of community that I participate in because I'm compelled by the narratives and concerns of young people. As novelist, professor and Filipina activist Sabina Murray writes, "it's a mistake to believe we know what we require." How provocative! How humbling. How am I as a teacher (arguably the ultimate "requirer") to engage with Murray's aphorism? Teaching serves me as a daily re-orientation to the demands of young people. These include the development of a voice, plural literacies and a collaborative role in shaping a more empathetic and equitable world. May our educations provide for these forms of capital and much more!
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Mr. Pine completed his B.A. in English literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst magna cum laude (2004) and his M.A. in Language and Literacy, Society and Culture (LLSC) at the University of California at Berkeley (2012). As a senior at the University of Massachusetts, he won the Hayden Prize (the undergraduate essay contest) and in 2008 he won the Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize conferred by San Francisco State University. In the summer of 2010 he was selected to attend Harvard University's fully-funded Latin American Studies for Educators six week summer intensive and in 2012 he attended Naropa University's Summer Writing Program in Colorado. Most recently, Mr. Pine completed The New Science of Stress course at Stanford University and studied audio and video production at City College to feed his growing interest in educational psychology and digital storytelling. He is passionate about travel. To date he's spent time in New Zealand, mainland Australia, Tasmania, Spain, The West Indies, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. His other interests include pedagogy, poetry, Hip Hop, surfing and wrenching on his car--a 1986 turbo SAAB. Something's Always About to Break! A perpetual learner, Mr. Pine's most revered teachers continue to be his friends, colleagues and students.