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Angela Ellis

Angela Ellis M.Ed

My Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of teaching is based on the belief that learning needs to be student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. My role involves using my expertise to put the necessary resources in the hands of the students and ensure that my students are well equipped to find, and evaluate, the resources that they need to answer their questions.

I create multiple discussion questions to keep the online discussion exciting and stimulating and to address the multiple backgrounds and interests of my adult learners. I am right there to support them as they seek their answers and to encourage them to work together to get the most out of their learning.

The most important skills that I can help undergraduate students develop, are the skills of information fluency (i.e., their ability to write and critically think about the information that is overwhelming them as they continue their academic journey).

My overall teaching philosophy is based on two principles which are supported extensively in the literature: a) active student learning strongly influences student-learning outcomes; and b) assessment procedures strongly influence student acquisition of knowledge. I truly believe that knowledge gained through active participation is knowledge that will stay with an individual.

Professional Projects or Initiatives of Interest

Future projects that I would like to pursue are as follows:

  • Develop a high school curriculum that focuses on grammar, writing, and spelling skills
  • Write and illustrate children's books
  • Provide editorial assistance on book projects in the educational field for both trade books and curriculum guides

Background

Education

MA, Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley University
BS, Elementary Education and Fine Arts, University of Rhode Island

Courses Taught at NECB

Undergraduate general education courses

  • ENG 305 American Literature

  • ART 301 Art History/Appreciation

  • PHI 101 Critical Thinking

  • ENG 101 English Composition I

  • ENG 201 English Composition II

  • ENG 099 Fundamentals of Englis

  • INF 101 Information Literacy

Professional Experience

2010 - Present, New England College of Business - Assistant Professor
1979 - 2005, Various School Districts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Reading Teacher - Grades 1/2
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Art Specialist - Grades K - 8
Adult Basic Education/GED Tutor

Publications and Lectures

The Creative Year - A Hands-On Guide to Integrating Arts Into the Classroom (The First Three Months), April, 1998