TEACHER TUESDAY: EMILY SOLINGER
Emily Solinger teaches seventh and eighth grade English at WC’s Upper School. She’s been a faculty member at WC since 2019.
How would you describe your teaching style? “My teaching style reflects my desire for students to become better communicators! I prioritize communicating via written and spoken word, along with reading, to stretch our minds and grow our understanding of and empathy toward the world we live in. When we’re discussing a text or concept, every student’s voice matters in my classroom, so we take the time to practice meaningful academic discussion and listening. I’m an advocate of the growth mindset, so I take my role as encourager very seriously. Students in my classroom will know that every time we attempt a task, our goal is to grow from previous mistakes and successes…and that I believe in them!”
What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “Seventh and eighth grade are such pivotal years for reading and writing growth. Some students arrive in my classroom already declaring that they ‘aren’t readers’ or ‘aren’t writers.’ Challenging students to break these mindsets about themselves and to be patient with the learning and growth that will take place can be grueling at times for both the student and the teacher.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “I think that the most rewarding aspect of my work is witnessing the bravery of my seventh and eighth grade students as they take risks and gain by learning in my classroom. I cherish not only the privilege of observing growth in reading, writing, and speaking, but also the privilege of observing students making meaning of the world around them and learning to see beyond themselves.”
How do you incorporate faith and learning? “As a Christian, I know that in order to share my God and my faith with others, I must be able to clearly communicate through the spoken and written word. Therefore, in my classroom, I emphasize that our goal in English class is not merely to get good grades on English assignments: our goal is to leave as better communicators than when we came in so that regardless of what comes after K-12 schooling, we’re better equipped to read, write, and speak for the glory of God.”