This past week we were able to move into the new school and begin connecting!!! This has been the highlight of the week! Interacting with my classes and getting to feel of the culture of each class and how to gear my teaching towards the culture of each class has been awesome. I've missed it and grateful to have that interaction with these incredible students. One of the best ways I am able to connect with my students every year is through the power of stories. When I tell stories in class, there is always a purpose and it will always connect with what we will learn over the span of 3-5 lessons. It is intentional and purposeful. Harvard University published a great article outlining the power of stories in the academic setting (see link below). As we move forward into weeks 6 & 7, we will be learning about European Exploration and the reasons for it (God, Gold, Glory and Greed), the Slave Trade and the Columbian Exchange. The stories I tell in class correlate with and reenforce what these lessons will teach us. As we wrap up our first unit on Monday & Tuesday of next week (September 30th and October 1st), students will be presented with a menu of FIVE (5) essay options that they can do for their Unit 1 Final. Students will only select ONE (1) of the essays to do and it will be entirely up to them as to which one they do. This, too, is intentional and the power of student choice in the classroom has been well studied and documented. Enjoy the readings below : )
My name is Captain Danny Horne. I am going into my 12th year of teaching for the 2019-2020 school year. I have a Masters Degree from BYU in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor's from UVU in History/Military Science and I am endorsed to teach Special Education (taught it for 5 years), Gifted & Talented (A.L.L.), Coach, and to be an Administrator in schools. In other words, I am more than qualified to do what I do. I'm close to being done with a second Master's Degree, but have put that on hold as I explore Doctorate programs. I speak Polish, some English, love learning and speaking Spanish with students and I'm learning Italian because ...why not? I am also the Varsity Head Coach for Westlake Lacrosse, which is a great honor! I get to do two of my passions in life outside of being a husband and father: Teaching and Coaching.
The purpose of this blog is to reflect on lessons taught in class and help all of us grow and connect better with people and events in history so that we may be more fully impacted, inspired and empowered.