Leon Baxter

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Leon Baxter
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"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Einstein
 
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By Leon Baxter
This is a great unit if you are bringing attention to the upcoming presidential election. It gives grade schoolers the opportunity to learn debating skills revolving around an election that they are undoubtedly aware of. I suggest you choose the
Subjects:
Elections - Voting, Government, Critical Thinking
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Research, Activities, Cultural Activities
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Kids naturally create businesses, but rarely do they learn how to plan out a business in elementary school. Yet, when they learn that there are concrete steps in planning one, students can't get enough of business planning. This unit will be one
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Business, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
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This is a project I offer my students after we've done a lot of life science. Be sure they have experience with adaptation, as well as delving into different types of habitats. I make cards with an animal and a habitat (both of which I have
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Other (ELA), General Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Research, Projects, Printables
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a grade school teacher since 1997. I have taught 3rd, 4th, 3/4, and 4/5. Most of my years I have taught in schools where the population is mostly English language learners, and the majority of students are eligible for free and reduced meals. I have taught GATE classes, as well as students who qualify for Resource and Special Ed.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a tough-love approach to teaching. I would love for the kids to like me, but that's not what I am there for. I have high expectations and want the best from my students, even if that means they are not "the best." It's okay for my students to fail along the way, as long as they learn from their mistakes, and continue to grow and improve.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Realistar & Northern Insurance Unsung Hero Award Winner for my "Improvement Week" program Recipient of the Ben & Jerry's Citizen Cool Award for my "Student Improvement Scholarship Fund" Contributor to "Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul" Placed on "The Wall of Tolerance" Listed in "Who's Who In Education" (60th Diamond Edition) Listed in "Who's Who In American Education" (8th Edition) Created the "April Random Acts of Kindness Challenge"

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my BA from the University of Santa Barbara in Film Studies. I got my teaching credential from Cal State Northridge.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am the author of the book, "Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting." I bring my teaching style home to my daughters, and I bring my parenting style to the classroom for my students. I believe children need to fail in order to succeed, that we need to help them find their passions, that we have to model what we expect of them, and that everyone has "excuses", therefore none of us do.

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