Tom Durwood

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Almost all students want to be rich but few of them have the skills needed to get there. They will listen to stories of entrepreneurs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and I have found that I can use this interest to lure them into deeper waters of
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A month's worth of basic writing lesson plans stemming from monsters. I have found monster theory to be an extremely rich vein to mine. If I can control the pace, my cadets will stick with this topic and write mulitiple essays on aspects of fear,
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I found this topic to be surefire engagement, since it involves both the students' favorite characters from books and movies as well as their families. I first set out the elements of hero stories, and ask the students to help me chart them out
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Almost all students want to be rich but few of them have the skills needed to get there. They will listen to stories of entrepreneurs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and I have found that I can use this interest to lure them into deeper waters of
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A versatile Basic Composition study unit starting with the fundamentals of hero fiction and progressing into the noble hero, story structure, villains and the detective-hero. These are lesson plans proven to engage even my most bored classes, from
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A simple guide to all of my best practices, from general ("Constant Writing") to specific ("Lavish attention on a graded paper in the first two weeks'). I believe these ideas and procedures apply to teaching English and composition at all levels.
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This is a group of critical thinking exercises revolving around design and architecture. Dieter Rams, a brilliant industrial designer from the 1950's, is the inspiration for Jonathan Ive, the man who has given Apple its tremendous success. When the
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This is an illustrated story about dinosaur friends and their journey to a birthday party. Young readers are given math problems to solve as the story unfolds. Aimed at second and third grade levels. Teachers can read the story aloud in class
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This is a greatly expanded version of "33 Steps" with an Appendix of over 70 of my original lesson plans. You can adapt them for your own use, sprinkled throughout a semester to give your students an alternative to textbook lessons. I teach
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This is a group of challenging yet do-able critical thinking exercises that my cadets seem to like. I usually start them in-class, then discuss them so the students get the hang of it, then have them complete the exercise as homework. The first,
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These are three of my own very short stories (1 page long each) which I use as in-class examples for literary breakdowns. I try to emphasize with my students that all we are doing is practicing these skills. The repetition of analyzing three quick
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A quest starring young monsters. I have woven 18 third-grade math problems into the monsters' adventures, following competency guidelines. Original illustrations by Oregon "Monster Ball" artist James DeRosso. This assignment should add to
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This is a group of in-class (and homework) exercises that my students really like to discuss and write about. They deal with why scary movies are scary, a topic which seems to have universal appeal.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my fifth year teaching English Composition and Literature at Valley Forge Military College. My students range widely in skills, from developmental cadets with middle-school skills to high-speed cadets on their way to West Point.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Every morning, I face several classrooms full of yawning cadets who care more about their tactical officers and tactical demands than about me and my demands. I have two major factors in my favor. First, my cadets enjoy the challenge of higher-order thinking. If I can surprise them and dare them to understand a new idea, I am halfway home. Second, if I can directly tie our classroom work to each student’s personal success, they will listen. Carefully. So I am constantly demonstrating that critical thinking of all kinds is their only salvation in a demanding job marketplace.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been named Teacher of the Year twice.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate: Social Psychology (Harvard) Master in Business Administration (NYU) Masters in Literature (National University)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I edit an online journal, "The Journal of Empire Studies," which brings the scholarship of academic papers to the high school and college classroom. I wrote a newspaper column for the North County Times for seven years. I served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. I have written an ebook on Teddy Roosevelt and the 25th Infantry, "Teddy's Tantrum," that has been called “the debut of a promising new voice in history,” by journalist Tim Pritchard I have posted a short story collection of coming-of-age stories set in key moments in history, "Ulysses S. Grant in China."

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