Hi, I'm Erin, and I teach English. This portfolio chronicles my educational accomplishments. You can e-mail me at ekkross@gmail.com.


The teacher uses knowledge of effective written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.


The lesson plan I chose to demonstrate how I met the Communication standard is one that I wrote with a group of my peers to teach our class about the book, Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals. This particular lesson plan demonstrates my knowledge of, and ability to use effective written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication techniques in my classroom. The lesson plan especially shows how I can effectively implement visual communication, such as video clips, to start discussion which ultimately fosters active inquiry and collaboration.

In the lesson, my group and I used a video about the Little Rock Nine to start conversation and collaborative inquiry among our peers. We effectively used written communication techniques when writing out the lesson plan itself because it was a means of communication between members of our group, as well as the rest of our class because the lesson plan was sent to all members of our Curriculum and Instruction section. This lesson shows my knowledge of nonverbal communication techniques because part of the assignment was to teach the rest of the class. As a part of this, my whole group and I were required to present ourselves in a fairly professional, serious, and instructional manner in order to convey the gravity of the topic at hand.

Communication Artifact