Meet Megan McClure, a Secondary English and Media Arts teacher with a background in journalism, creative writing, and film. Megan is constantly striving to find new ways to engage students through innovative, often multimedia, classroom activities. Her drive to integrate new ideas and technology into her practice, and to share these ideas with other educators, led her to become a BloomBoard collection curator—and one of our most prolific, at that!
Megan has created over 30 collections, most of them focusing on communication and how educators can use technology to improve students' writing and communication skills. We asked Megan to tell us a little more about the personal experiences that led her to create one of her favorite collections, her growth goals for the upcoming school year, and more.
1. What's one of your favorite collections? Could you go into more detail about what led you to create it and how the resources you found made a difference for your students?
One of my favorite collections would be one of my most recent – the one I compiled on Screenwriting, The Creative Writing Classroom: Screenwriting 101. I taught a Screenwriting course this summer, and the students and I had a great time. Teaching that course was one of my favorite teaching experiences thus far and every resource used in that collection helped facilitate that for me – and for the students. Writing a screenplay can be challenging, and the resources contained in that collection helped my students create some well-formatted and creative works.
2. Tell us a little bit about your journey as an educator that we can't learn from reading your formal bio. What made you want to become a teacher?
My undergraduate degree is in Film and Media Arts, and I always thought, if Hollywood didn’t work out, I would love to teach film. Well, Hollywood did not work out, though, not for lack of trying, but teaching didn't happen right away either. I worked for many years as a writer and then a yoga teacher, both of which I still do, before deciding to parlay my love of writing, grammar, and literature into a Secondary English Education Masters degree.
Part of the reason why I became a teacher is because— now more than ever, with text speak, Twitter, Snapchat, and email—students need to know and understand how to speak and write well. I got into teaching because I want to teach kids the skills they will need to become well-spoken and well-written individuals in their adult lives.
3. What kinds of professional learning experiences did you pursue over the summer (books, articles, conferences, etc.), and how are you preparing for back to school?
This summer, I made the conscious decision to pick a focus in terms of what my niche would be as an English teacher. I settled on Gothic Literature and have been reading and rereading books from the genre like Frankenstein, Northanger Abbey, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I also taught two film classes at a summer camp for gifted students.
(For more on Gothic Literature, check out our collection, "It's Alive! Teen Identity Through Gothic Literature.")
4. What are your professional learning goals for the upcoming school year?
As a fairly new teacher, I am hoping to absorb as much knowledge and experience as I can in the coming school year. I will be working in a public school, which will be a new experience for me since I am coming from a behavioral learning environment that was privately owned.
View all of Megan's collections on BloomBoard or jump to one of our favorites:
- Snapchat in the Classroom
- Creating Community with Twitter: #everybodywins
- Teaching Grammar—There's an App for That
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