Mr. Dan Jones - 7th & 8th Grade
Area of Certification: Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts and Reading
College Attended: Ashland University
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Education, Minor in Social Science
Number of Years Teaching: 9
Classes: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies and 8th grade Language Arts
Professional Organizations: Association for Middle Level Education and the Ohio Middle School Association
Welcome to my social studies classroom. I am thrilled to bring history alive for my students. I believe that students should experience history because it is 5 dimensional. Students are accustomed to 2 dimensional instruction (flat: read this, write these notes, take this test). I offer the students a more complete understanding of history. I immerse the students into the content. I want the students to see history through the feelings of the people, their imagination, their ability to connect with historical people, and a sense of what it would have been like to live during historical times. My classroom is a “flipped classroom”. Students learn through a blend of project based instruction (PBL) and meaningful research. The “flipped” model of instruction allows the student to watch the lecture from home and the “typical” homework is done in class where the students have direct access to me to help guide them through the work. Because my classroom is “flipped”, I am able to meet more of the needs of my students while equipping them with 21st century skills.
My classroom is where history meets the future. I use green screen technology in my lessons. I have students present as though they are at the Washington Monument or Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) as well as many other locations. Technology is at the forefront of my instruction. My students build websites, use Skype with other schools, as well as use a variety of other online resources. Each of those things in combination with studying historical figures and events creates a unique and memorable classroom experience.
I teach a very thorough language arts/ English class. Due to spell check, texting, auto-correct, and other tools, grammar has become a lost art. We will do a great deal of written expression and use peer editing as a means to improve our work. The course is rather intensive. I believe that every child can learn and that every child has the ability to master the skills and techniques of the written language. The students will write about historical topics as well as generate their own writing topics for short stories, keep a classroom journal, and create research projects that go beyond the written word. Students spend a great deal of their class time focused on learning skills that they can in turn apply in a real world manner.
I teach both courses based on the Common Core Standards that are set forth by the Ohio Department of Education. I believe strongly that education needs to be engaging, and that is the environment that I create for my students every day.
The value of an education...is not [the] learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that can not be learned from textbooks." - Albert Einstein