Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The results are exciting.
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Brooke Markle – Bio as Submitted
Brooke Markle is a veteran middle-level English educator at Mechanicsburg Middle School in Mechanicsburg, PA. She holds a B.A. in English writing, 6-12 English certification, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Assessment, and K-12 Pennsylvania Principal certification.
In addition to teaching seventh grade English, Brooke serves as Team Leader of the Trailblazers Team and as a new teacher induction trainer specializing in backward design. She utilizes her expertise in lesson planning and classroom management to mentor new teachers. Brooke enjoys being a part of district committees to impact student academic, social, and emotional well being, and implemented the first fully flexible seating classroom in her middle school two years ago. She is a winner of the Shippensburg University School Study Council Outstanding Teacher Award.
Outside of the classroom, Brooke is an auditor for Pennsylvania Higher Level Education programs and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania State program guidelines committee for English Language Arts and reading.
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Hi! I commented on twitter as well – super beautiful room. So appealing! What do you do for fire codes? Talk to admin first?
I’m not sure if she’ll be checking these comments, however, you want to always check with administration. I believe she talked about getting permission from the administration to pilot this approach.
Would have been wonderful before the pandemic!
It was posted way before the pandemic and hopefully you’ll get back in-person soon. We’ve been in person for 11 weeks now and it is going well.