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Teacher Spotlight – Makhala Greene-Robinson

I’m Chris Reid, and I want to introduce you to Makhala Greene-Robinson! She’s one of the teachers that I coach, and Makhala is consistently promoting a sense of urgency in her classroom, especially the way that she executes and tracks her entrance procedure. Read below to learn more about the great things going on in Makhala’s classroom!

What organization do you work for?

KIPP (3D Academy)

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

5th Grade Humanities (US History & Writing)

Where did you attend college and what was your major? List all that apply.

University of Southern California (political science, business law)

What attracted you to teaching?

Growing up I was lucky enough to have teachers who truly pushed me past what I thought I could achieve. My 8th grade teacher pushed me to apply to boarding school, which ended up being one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences I have had. When I decided to be a teacher, I knew that I wanted to be that same person for many of my students in order to expose them to new things and to pay it forward.

What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?

The best part of teaching is being able to build positive relationships with my students. I enjoy spending time with them and truly getting to know them and their passions. Teaching has allowed me to get to know myself better as I get to know my students. The most difficult part of teaching was getting familiar with the content and instructional methods. It took me a long time to figure out how to break things down in a way that was rigorous but engaging. I am constantly working to ensure that my lessons are something that students enjoy.

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?

I use a lot of peer evaluation when writing. Students really enjoy evaluating their peers’ work. It helps students by allowing them to see work that is on their level, and when I am strategic in which student’s work I choose it really goes a long way for students’ achievement and increasing in writing level. When I pull writing and put it up on the projector, students are able to help improve a teammate’s work, which in turn helps prevent them from making the same mistakes and builds a safe classroom culture.

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, exploring Houston, and cooking.

What three words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?

Rewarding, challenging, and refreshing.

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