Dr Jorge Velastegui

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Dr Jorge Velastegui
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"A life is not important, except for the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson
 
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This is a great activity at the beginning of the school year for students explore creating a fictional government. In the scenario, they are stranded on a deserted island with a group of their classmates. They have to agree to a set of laws, elect a
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While imprisoned in Birmingham, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a powerful letter defending his tactics and sharing his beliefs. Students will read a selected portion of the letter and answer questions regarding MLK's message. The questions
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A great activity to help students analyze the differences between conservatives and liberals. Students study where different famous people fall on the political spectrum and then discuss various current political topics. Students learn the
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I had a sophomore student who struggled with his behavior in class. Working with his parents we decided to put him on a weekly contract. I had used contracts extensively with primary students and was hesitant to use one in high school. But as I
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During our Civil Rights Unit, students read a portion of the text of MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech" and complete a graphic organizer on the back which helps promote deep understanding of the meaning and message of the speech.
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In my junior US History classes, I assign my students an oral history report. Students are to interview someone over the age of 65. It is great if they can interview a grandparent or neighbor. For students who cannot find an interview subject, I
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This is the grade sheet I use for my history classes. It can be used in any subject as long as grades. It allows students to keep track of the points in class, their score on an assignment and their current grade in class. It helps with basic math
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In my sophomore and junior classes I begin the school year with these packets. I find that students have difficulty with writing. This packet shows students how to properly answer a question, how to write a topic sentence, and how to write a
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Operation Babylift was a humanitarian mission initiated by President Gerald Ford in April, 1975. South Vietnam was falling and the US began a large scale evacuation of thousands of Vietnamese orphans and abandoned children. Working closely with
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This is an introductory lesson that can be used on the first or second day of the school year. It places the learner in a fictitious world where they have no rights and freedoms. One by one, their family members struggle with not being able to vote,
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After teaching for twenty years and watching kids succeed or struggle in school, I developed a new classroom management plan to use in my classroom this year. The basic premise is that I am the CEO of our "company" and all the students are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in the California public school system for 18 years. I have worked as an elementary school teacher, high school teacher and elementary school principal. At the high school level, I have taught World History, US History, and Economics. This year I will teach in a "Collaboration" classroom where a special education teacher and i work together with students in the same period. Also, for the last four years, I have worked as a part time lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. I have taught classes in Educational Technology and Instructional Design to undergraduates, pre-service teachers and master's students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style has several components. First, I believe learning should be fun! I believe a teacher must always have great enthusiasm in their subject to engage their students. Second, I believe in a constructivist teaching style in which the teacher is a facilitator and the students are active learners. Educational activities should be personally relevant to students in order to achieve deep and conceptual understanding of material. Third, regardless if my students are fifth graders, high school sophomores or master's level students, they all need scaffolding. Students are pushed at their zone of proximal development and with the appropriate scaffolding, they can achieve the learning goals you have set for them. Finally, i believe strongly in the power of positive reinforcement and seeing students as more than just a number. Regardless of their age, students know if you care about them or if this is just a job you show up for.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2004 UCI Dissertation Fellowship Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, 1994 MA in Educational Technology Leadership, University of California, Irvine, 2002 Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles, 2005

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