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Aaron Blackwelder is a high school English teacher at Woodland High School in Woodland, WA, and co-founder of Teachers Going Gradeless. He is married and the father of two boys with Autism who have shaped him as an educator. He is passionate about creating learning environments for all students. In his free time, he writes his blog, “Thinking 101” where he shares his ideas about education.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my Master's of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students' voices and choices.
I have been teaching ELA for 13+ years. In that time, I've done everything from night and summer school, co-taught, traditional, and pre-AP and AP (8th-12th grades). I also did some adjunct for 6 semesters. I've also done summer work for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, taken numerous PD courses, and taught Google Apps to different Oklahoma districts. I'm currently working on my Master's in Curriculum at Oklahoma State University.