I currently teach 8th grade social studies and have been at my current location for the past 8 years. Before that I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade science and social studies at another school closer to the city. I love the freedom I have to teach how I think kids learn best, and the creativity to make the whole child better.
I’ve been recording many of my experiences since I first started, and believe what I’ve been through and done, whether it worked or not, is of value to the rest of the teacher (and parent) community. I’ve made management and discipline mistakes that have cost me most of the year, and I’ve also been a part of, and created some amazing experiences that I think improved students’ lives.
I’ve been fortunate to have the freedom to create and currently run a program called The Young Men’s Initiative, which helps 8th grade young men reach their full leadership potential. This is accomplished (or at least attempted) through weekly meetings where we discuss everything meaningful in their lives, they mentor/tutor elementary kids, go on trips to universities and high schools, benefit from local leaders’ coming in, helping and working with disabled students, and we even went scuba diving! I plan on bringing this up a lot.
My wife is also a teacher who works in a private K-12 building. She’s an incredible PE teacher and an amazing partner and mom of our 3 kids.
I hope I can help other teachers who have questions about anything and everything in and out of the classroom. I want to bring real life examples and scenarios, lessons and practices, mistakes and successes out in the open so we can all learn and help make this profession better than when we found it.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me, and feel free to ask if you have any questions!