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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Secondary Education)
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (Master's)
History is the study of an understanding of people and the times that they lived in, coupled with the impact of culture in their daily lives. These two factors will drive the sequence of events that define the history of the people being studied. The key word is understanding. History is very personal for each and every one of us, due to the fact that it tells us how we got to where we are today. It is my professional responsibility as a history teacher to make every lesson I teach personal. Without tying in this important factor, there really isn't any motivation to understand. Sure, the students may be capable of learning about a series of events that happened long ago, but if the instructor fails to make those events personal the information does not become practical.
I am certified in the state of Pennsylvania as a secondary Social Studies Teacher. I like to consider myself a guide, more so than a teacher. The most beneficial skill for students to acquire is the ability to think critically. As a professional secondary public school teacher of 19 years, it is most important for me to present the students not with abstract facts about the past, but instead present the students with tools to make sense and form their own opinions about those facts. This is the way I attempt to make it personal. The writing process is of the utmost importance in order for the students to express themselves in this realm. Study skills are crucial for the students to prove that they have mastered an understanding of the historical process. Memorizing or not engaging with the material is not understanding. Again, guiding the students to a personal understanding is studying. I consider myself highly qualified to guide the students in both aspects of assessment. This is my philosophy and the approach I take to instruction. History is the study of an understanding of people and the times that they lived in, coupled with the impact of culture in their daily lives. These two factors will drive the sequence of events that define the history of the people being studied. The key word is understanding. History is
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MA in History... 21 years of current teaching experience.