Vision & Expectations
Vision: Teaching can be an extremely rewarding profession. Teaching, for me, is not simply explaining the importance of history and how it may relate to events in the present and future, but also an education on life and how to navigate it. Other than parenting, teaching is the most important work one can do. It is the shaping and forming of a new generation. A generation, that hopefully, turns out to be strong, independent, conscious, global minded, and responsible young adults. A generation that doesn’t just talk about issues of injustice, but can and will put words into action. A generation that can find laughter in almost any situation, but doesn’t disregard their education or mock the past generations that carried them, nurtured them, picked them up when they fell, advised them on all issues possible, and encouraged them to think for themselves.
Expectations: Be on time and be prepared. Those two are simple. The third is more difficult. Be a student. Meaning do not settle for what is easy. Think hard, think always, change your mind, rework your ideas, be open to new ideas, and let yourself be confused. Above all, never settle for simple answers, as no important question has a simple answer. Think: it’s one of the traits that make you human!
Be on time: As your teacher I will follow the rules and regulations as outlined in the CPS student handbook with regard to tardies, attendance, and any other incidences.
Be prepared: Bring all materials everyday as we will use them every day!
Be a student: As a student you only have one major responsibility in your life at this moment, which is to attend and do your best in school. It is my job, as your teacher, to give you every opportunity possible to succeed. I will strive for each and every one of you to do just that. To achieve this goal, regular classroom attendance and good behavior are necessary. Students will agree to the following:
- Come to class ready to learn every day. This includes bringing all classroom materials you will need.
- Pay attention to the teacher and your peers.
- Take good notes and do your homework.
- Respect others. Meaning raise your hand and wait your turn to speak on an issue or ask a question.
- Make good choices. You are responsible for your own actions.