@chloeatplay I'm just getting started here on the LittleBits Forums having only been playing the LB sandbox for the past school year but dang if I'm not happy to be here.
I'm an English teacher at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine, located in the western foothills of the state. We're a rural, regional district that brings together +/- 750 students from 10 communities and has an eclectic population of students thanks to our university campus, hospital, and court system, alongside increasing poverty, struggling forestry and dying paper industries, and considerable transient population.
MBC houses our regional technology center as well, so we are able to offer tech programs such as digital media, biotechnology, forestry, robotics, firefighting and composites, alongside our academic programs that are just as diverse as our student population. It's a pretty darn cool place to teach I have for almost twenty years ahem. Good. Better.
I teach English through a design thinking lens, using empathy fueled, human centered problem solving to inform student learning in the classroom. Thus, students empathize with characters to understand the themes of a novel, reverse engineer poetry to explore the composer's intended effect upon the reader, and design interpretations of Shakespeare that will reach audiences in a particular way while remaining congruent to the original's spirit.
And where do LittleBits fit in? Oh I reckon I'll put that in another post on the ol' discussion boards. They played a very big role this year.
Besides all that, I'm also a improv comedy director and performer, at both the high school and with my own team of adults, a huge pop culture nerd of the highest degree, husband to a brilliant and fantastically attractive school librarian, and dad to couple of kiddos who keep things interesting on the daily.