Lee Markowitz has been an English teacher and Track & Field coach at Mount Sinai High School for over fifteen years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s College and his Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration and Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology from SUNY Stony Brook.
He is a NYS Certified English Teacher.
Having taught standard and inclusion classes, Regents level and Advanced Placement English, Mr. Markowitz prides himself on remaining dynamic in the classroom, always willing to experiment with new techniques and strategies and always eager to learn from and collaborate with his colleagues. For the past several years, he has delved into the world of professional development, relishing the opportunity to share tried and true pedagogical approaches with other dedicated educators. He enjoys creating and conducting courses that offer useful, applicable tools for today’s teachers.
In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons at their home in Suffolk County, NY. His personal hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies, and trying his hand at home improvements.
Feel free to explore his course offerings and contact him with any questions.
Check out my course offerings:
2 Pillars of Planning: Objective and Closure
Where do we start? How do we end? The beginning and the end of any lesson must be carefully considered when constructing lesson plans. What is the purpose of a measurable objective? Why must a closure clearly connect to the objective? These are key questions that must be regularly addressed, and doing so can be frustrating. Teachers enrolled in this course will focus on understanding and crafting purposeful objectives and operative closures, both as a means of facilitating effective lesson planning. This course is applicable to all subjects/grade levels. ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)
5 Key Strategies for Acceptance and Tolerance in the Classroom
*New Class for SUMMER 2020
Course Description: As educators, it is vital to check some of our personal viewpoints and opinions at the door. We must not only remain objective in our curriculum execution and assessments, but also in the way we deal with students of various backgrounds, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genders. We must recognize that we are role models, that our students look up to us, and that the examples we set can have significant impact on the future. Tolerance and Acceptance are virtues that must be practiced, taught, and expected. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore these concepts in an effort to make their classrooms safe, welcoming environments for all students. Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Acing the Observation
*New Class for SUMMER 2020
We’ve all felt the stress of teaching in front of an administrator; the nervousness that encapsulates us while we try to do our very best and show what kind of teacher we are. Preparation is the key to any successful performance, and delivering a lesson while being observed is no exception. The more work you put in, the better the outcome will be. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven lesson-planning strategies, questioning tactics, and behavior management approaches that not only focus on the occasional observation, but elevate our teaching for every other day of the year. Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels. ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for A Sanitized Classroom
*New Class for SUMMER 2020
In today’s educational climate, health and wellness are the utmost priorities. Teachers and students alike face the challenge of preventing the spread of germs while still maintaining a focus on education. And so, we must not only understand the importance of heeding cautionary information, but also how to practice these measures in a realistic, long-term manner. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore various safety protocols and will learn valuable tools to ensure a safe educational environment. (3 credits/45 hours)
5 Key Strategies for Constructive Cooperative Learning
We’ve all tried group work. Sometimes students work well together, and sometimes they don’t. How many students per group? Do we let the students make their own groups? Do we keep them in groups for the entire period? The truth of the matter is that cooperative learning takes careful preparation, some trial and error, and a degree of patience. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven pedagogical strategies for effectively constructing and conducting cooperative learning lessons.
Applicable to teachers of any subject/grade level. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Commanding the Room
*NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2021
Being a master of your content area is half the challenge of being an effective teacher. What is the other half? The delivery. The ability to execute your lesson plans, to keep your audience of students engaged and connected. For some, this comes naturally; the entertainer, so to speak, emerges when the bell rings and we put on the show. For others, however, commanding the room is not so easy. Sometimes, it’s about confidence. Sometimes it’s about finding ways to make the material relatable. And sometimes it’s a matter of employing a few proven tactics to ensure your classroom environment is orderly, respectful, and productive. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tried and true tactics and tools that will facilitate consistently effective leadership. Note: Applicable to all subjects/grade levels. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Communicating with the Absent Student
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2020
“Did I miss anything?” We’ve all heard that question from a student who returns after an absence (or many absences). And we’ve all felt the frustration from not knowing what to say, of wishing our students and their parents remained informed when out of school. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven communicative tools as well as “distance learning” strategies in order to provide absent students with the resources they need and the education they deserve. Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Cooperative Colleague Collaboration
Yes, when the bell rings and the door closes, we teach alone. But this job is about more than what happens between those bells. How we get along with our department members can have a drastic effect on our teaching. A positive, friendly work environment paves the way for collaboration, teamwork, and improved results. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven methods that facilitate positive, productive, professional interactions and relationships.
Note: This course is applicable to teachers of all grade levels/subjects. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Dealing with Cheating
Academic Dishonesty. It happens. From the tiny sheet of paper that hides cleverly under a leg, to the blatantly wondering eyes that scan nearby papers, to the seemingly limitless range of possibilities that cell phones bring, cheating has become an art form for some students in this modern era. Yes, if they spent a tenth of that time actually studying there would be no need to cheat, but we all know how far that adage goes. As teachers, we must stay current and adept to evolutionary cheating tactics, we must remain consistent in our punishments, and we must always make it clear that academic honesty is of paramount importance. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore realistic pedagogical methodologies that focus on maintaining and upholding academic honesty and dealing with academic dishonesty if/when it does happen.
(3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only
5 Key Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Students
Application: All subjects/grade levels When their books are out, their smiles are wide, and their minds are open, all is well in the world of the classroom. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. Even in a class of “good” students, there may exist that one, two, or small handful of pupils who try your patience and leave you exhausted and drained. These students can disrupt even the most well-planned lesson and can infect the experience for those who are interested and engaged. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven pedagogical strategies for effectively dealing with disruptive, disengaged, and/or disrespectful students. (3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit only