Welcome to GradingGirl! -The Tender Loving Critic ♥
**Welcome to my personal site, est. February 2009. For my newer professional site strictly for educational purposes, please visit TheresaLChristensen.com. Beginning September 2013, the posts I share here will be personal reflections, reviews, and fitness facts. Thank you for stopping by. I welcome and appreciate comments and shares at both sites.
Channeling my passion for writing, Grading Girl was originally created as a place for me to share my reviews and “give the grade” to those entertainment, lifestyle and literary experts I enjoy. It’s since evolved as a platform to share successes in the classroom along with pieces of my personal writing.
I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve had these catchy initials and put my passions to good use when I became a high school National Board Certified English teacher. I serve as coordinator for my school’s Literacy Coach Mentor Program and sponsor our Writers Day. Never the same day twice, I have the best clients in the world – my students! They inspire me and remind me of my own daughter, a flourishing college student.
When not teaching, I can be found at the gym as I crave exercise daily. My goal is to maintain fitness so that I may embark upon a third career in personal training and nutrition . . . once I retire many years from now. I say third because as much as I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I played school as a child, I worked in the business sector as a speech writer and trainer prior to teaching. Today, I feel very lucky to be able to use that background to help students connect what we do in the classroom to what they will do in their future lives and careers.
Thank you for sharing in this conversation and for stopping by. Please feel free to comment along the way. As I provide feedback to my students and they provide input to each other, I more than welcome the opportunity for learning from readers of this blog. A foreshadow of my blogging days came during my third year of teaching in Spring 2004, when I presented and published “Journaling the Novel in Cyberspace” project for Illinois Association of Teachers of English . . . before it was even considered “social” media. In other words, I’ve always believed in authentic connections to enhance the learning experience. So check out a sampling of the reviews I enjoy writing or a few of the fitness posts for healthful tips or a few personal reflections I share. Your visit is much appreciated!
**Please note that any and all material I present here is of my own opinion and not of the school district I’m blessed to work for. Thank you!