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Adria Merritt"Ten years ago when I began my career, it was all about how I, the teacher, the performer, the motivator, would capture my students’ attention so they could repeat the ideas that I knew were present in the texts." 

"I am pleased to announce that I am no longer the sage on the stage; I have blossomed into a teacher who has a toolkit of activities to guide my students through the process of discovering meaning.  I am now a teacher who beams with pride when my students are eager to read a short story after composing predictions during a pre-reading activity." 

I enjoy eavesdropping on literature circle discussions, where my students are sharing their ideas about a poem.  I am intrigued by the insight of my eighth graders as I read the newsletter they created to respond to a cross-genre study of the Vietnam War.  I am pleased because I am now helping to create independent thinkers, instead of entertaining students who will repeat my ideas."

--Adria F. Merritt
Russell Middle School
Lawrenceville, Virginia

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