Featured author: Michael Ward
Michael Ward just entered into his 24th year teaching US History at Clintondale Community School in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. He became a teacher because a life committed to service is his calling; as his school struggles with the effects of poverty but celebrates the ability to give every student the opportunities to be successful through flipped instruction, he’s doing just that. In his free time, you can find this weekend warrior tackling a home improvement project and spending time with his wonderful family.
We chatted with Michael about his experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what he had to say about:
What makes a good resource
A good teaching resource saves a teacher the most precious element in the business: time. It’s ready-to-use, aligned to a content standard, and relates to one or more real world skills. My lessons infuse the classroom with technology, literacy, content, curriculum, and creativity! It’s part of my TLC3 for E (educators) philosophy. You can also see what my students are creating by following me on Twitter @tlc34e.
A memorable moment from his teaching career
I would like to share one but let the story be told by a former student, Emily (excerpted below):
“As my history teacher, I’ve gotten to know you as an amazingly cheerful person with puns coming left and right… One of the funniest things I remember is when you gave everyone a photo of yourself. You were looking spiffy then and still look spiffy today, Mr. Ward! You’re also by far one of the neatest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for making a difference in my life. I feel like if I ever had any problems in my life, I can always come to you to talk about them!”
Advice for a first year teacher
You have entered a great profession! Trust your instincts and teach your students like they’re your own kids. If you don’t have any of your own, I can lend you one of mine :-). Invest time to build relationships (coaching, class sponsoring, chaperoning, attending sporting events) with your students.
Looking for an engaging approach to have students demonstrate their learning? Get creative with Project Go-Animate Imperialism and have students create animations! This template is customizable with any subject and contains everything you will need to coach your students through the process: specific instructions, examples, video tutorial and a rubric!
Maps, movies, and more: this resource will have your students learning about World War II and geography in a way they never have before! Students critically examine the fighting from North Africa to Italy to France and demonstrate map skills on a printable worksheet that can be easily evaluated. Answer key included!
Apollo 13 is an excellent movie in its own right, but with Mr. Ward’s movie activity, students will retain information while enjoying themselves. From true/false questions to sequencing, your class will be challenged, well informed, and entertained. Mr. Ward has also provided an answer key for the over 30 thought-provoking questions.
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