What I love about teaching is…..
….. learning – through lesson preparation, discussing with the kids, and sharing with colleagues
I have been teaching in a variety of capacities at Hartland Lakeside since 1999. Only one of those years was not at North Shore. I am “middle school” in my heart. I love working with adolescents and watching them grow from September of their sixth grade year to June in eighth grade. Their unique needs challenge me to engage them academically and model behaviors that will lead them to success in the future.
Social Studies is more than history, so this year we will explore some of the other elements, including geography, sociology, culture, politics and economics. My expectation is that students come to class ready to learn individually and with others. While there will not be much homework assigned, time should be spent outside of class seeking answers to questions about social studies. I prefer a collaborative classroom structure where everyone contributes. Assessments will be varied: quizzes/tests, essays, and inquiry presentations.
I’m looking forward to an exciting year in Social Studies. Hopefully, in June every child will have acquired heightened ability regarding our targets
Analyze conflict, cooperations, and interdependence among groups, societies, or nations
Explain how language, art, music, beliefs, and other components of culture can further global understanding or cause misunderstanding
Use a variety of geographical representations to estimate distance, calculate scale, identify dominant patterns of climate and land use