I taught high school for 34 years and created 95% of the materials my students used in class. I have also worked in an industrial lab doing life cycle and structural texting on office furniture, components, and raw materials.
I like to think I provide a guided discovery approach for my students with materials that teach concepts more than they tell facts and which require student effort before teacher input. Early on I became disappointed with textbooks and began writing my own materials. At first I supplemented the textbooks but eventually I wrote materials that essentially replaced the textbook. I create materials that attempt to teach the same way I would if I were presenting the material face-to-face. My students have even said that they can hear me talking when they read my materials. I will provide you with original files of my materials so you can edit them yourself. If you are anything like me you continually upgrade your handouts based on each year's experience and I want you to have that option. Fine teaching results in profound learning. Fine teaching doesn't teach to the test, it teaches beyond the test. The results of fine teaching exceed the expectations of any list of standards. Fine teaching nurtures independent learners, it engineers success, and it taps into each student's natural desire to learn. Finally, may I be struck by lightning if I begin to spew any educational jargon. Educational jargon has a short shelf-life. During its brief existence it distracts, oversimplifies, and tends to profit those who create it.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Teacher In Industry Participant, Research Associate at Kalamazoo College, Received Mini-Grants
B.S. Physics, Western Michigan University, M.A. Educational Technology, Grand Valley State University
I have worked in an industrial lab doing life cycle and structural texting on office furniture, components, and raw materials. I have rigged large powerboats, repaired cars, remodeled two homes, and built my own small wooden sailboat. I enjoy kites and my granddaughters!