I have been a high school social studies teacher for 7 years. During that time, I have taught U.S. History, AP U.S. History, World History, Current Events, and Sociology to 9th thru 12th grade students.
In addition to primary source analysis, I use differentiated instructional approaches to engage students from a variety of learning styles. Also, I utilize reading strategies that promote higher order thinking skills and meaningful engagement with text. To increase motivation, I incorporate forms of modern media such as films, television, Google Earth, YouTube, and other internet-based media sites to engage the new generation of learners.
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Bachelor of Science in History - Bradley University Master of the Arts in Teaching - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Master of the Arts in Educational Leadership - Eastern Illinois University (will finish Spring 2014) MAX Teaching Trainer (staff development in literacy strategies across the curriculum; professional development workshop presenter)
I am married to an amazing high school Spanish teacher and have two young children. My wife and I spend much of out free time discussing lesson plans and educational theory, and we pride our selves in our dedication to developing life-long learners.