General Student Goals for the 2018-19 School Year:
1. Students should be empowered to take charge of their own learning, and not rely on others to do the work for them.
2. Realize that learning is not about finding the right answers, but ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
3. Develop (Historians in Training) skills designed to set the students up for a lifetime of learning. Students will arm themselves with the ability to understand and recognize information and misinformation, thus, securing the future of the United States and our democracy by creating well-informed citizens.
About this Class:
My ultimate goal is to ignite a passion for learning in each and every one of my students by allowing them more freedom to choose course content that is meaningful and interesting to their own lives. Inquiry-based student-centered instruction empowers the student to engage their curiosity about the world and prepares them for a lifetime of learning. This type of classroom environment may be very different from a standard classroom setting. I have very high expectations for all of my students to be "creators of content" versus being a "passive learner". The transition from a traditional class to a student-centered classroom may be difficult for some. Regardless, it is my duty to assist students in finding success and helping them thrive in this type of learning environment.
In the 2016-2017 school year, I requisitioned 30 Chromebooks to replace my textbooks for daily instructional use. As stated earlier, one of the main goals for my students to be focused on "asking the right questions", NOT just "finding the right answers". I strongly feel that even though textbooks are effective for some, they have very limited effect on getting the students to "ask their own historical questions". With the use of Chromebooks on a daily basis, I plan on continuing my transition from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered, inquiry-based classroom. Textbooks will be available to students upon request but I DO NOT follow the textbooks in chronological order.
Links to articles and websites about student-centered and inquiry-based learning:
- This video explains the teaching methodology Inquiry-Based Learning. It was created for the Inspiring Science Education Project as part of a series of videos to promote the use of Inquiry-Based Learning.
- This video is from the Wildwood IB World Magnet School, which uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.
I look forward to an exciting year at Forest Hills High School! If you have any questions, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website updated Jan 2018