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Around the World in 180 Days

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Teaching Experience

After teaching Government and Economics at the high school level, it was certainly eye-opening to be placed in front of middle school students.  17 years later, however, I am having a blast teaching 8th grade US History and 7th grade World History.

Teaching Style

For me, the formula for delivering an effective lesson is simple: tell a good story.  History is rife with abstract concepts – so incorporate visuals, actively involve them in each lesson, challenge them to think critically, and – above all – make it relevant.  Allow students to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of methods: writing an essay, illustrating the Bill of Rights or designing their own political cartoon on Andrew Jackson, creating a journal of the Oregon Trail, singing the Preamble to the Constitution (Schoolhouse Rock is awesome!).

Honors and Awards

Department Chair

State Finalist, History Day California (2012-2018)

Own Educational History

M.Ed., California State University, Los Angeles

Single Subject Credential (CLAD), California Lutheran University

B.A., University of California, San Diego

Additional Bio Info

When not making adjustments to my curriculum, I love spending time with my wife and the “Apple Dumplin’ Gang,” our Siberian Huskies Sasha and Abigail and our German Shepherd Shadow.  If we ever move to Alaska, we have our very own sled team.

Check out my FREE Political Cartoon Analysis - "The Repeal - or the Funeral of Miss Ame-Stamp"

Should you have any questions, please email me at aroundtheworldteacher@gmail.com.

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