I teach both economics and 8th grade social studies. In the best, I have taught government, AP government and ancient world history. My focus in college was on American history and economics, however I also took classes in constitutional law, foreign policy, world history and geography - I love it all!
I want my students to experience learning. Social studies gets a bad rap for being dull - names, dates, blah, blah, blah. My students forces on the bigger picture, things like social movements, trends over time and how past history and culture impact life today. I believe if students interact with the material and learn to empathize with past events, a social studies education will benefit them. In my classroom, you will see students reading from historical accounts, you will see them graphing on whiteboards and exploring maps. We have limited technology, so we rely on books, graphic organizers and newspapers to supplement textbooks. I love stations and using media clips to aid learning.
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My own educational experience is unique, homeschooled until 9th grade, public high school and a public university. I use my early education to drive my teaching - I know the benefit of individualization and close instruction, so I try to use these practices with my students. Bachelors of Arts, Western Michigan University - Cum Laude.
I currently live in the Phoenix valley with my loving husband and dog. I love hiking, exploring new cities and reading.