Teacher Tribute: Taylor Johnson - Tucson News Now

There's never enough time for Desert View's 'Miss J'

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Taylor Johnson is exploring a new way of teaching at Desert View High School.

"When people first meet me, they sometimes think that I'm kind of straight-laced and almost a bit scary and intimidating," Johnson said,"but the minute they get to know me, they realize that I'm actually silly, fun and goofy."

Miss J, as her students call her, said there's never enough time in class.

So she's trying out a way students can learn from home and revisit the material as much as they need to.

"For those students who don't respond so well in the classroom, Miss Johnson uses the ‘flipped classroom' model, where students can Facetime with Miss J."

She uploads grammar lessons that she's recorded herself to YouTube.

Busy students like Jarratt White, who have football and other school activities, really benefit from these videos.

"I don't have a lot of time to come after school for tutoring," White said.

Aside from class and video lessons, Miss J also runs a writing center.

She trains students to help other students with their writing.

Raj Patel is one of the center's mentors.

"I look over it and see how I can improve it, to improve their grade and how they write to make them better writers," Patel said. "It gives me another perspective of someone else whose writing style may be different from mine, so it helps me grow as a writer."

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