Mr. Wilson

Mr. Wilson

My Philosophy of Education

Firing up students' natural curiosity drives my instruction. Constructive learning is my method of teaching. We study critical questions and find a path to understand the answers. This means hands-on experiments, demonstrations, fieldtrips, and guest lecturers are part of the course.

Expect a sample test given to the students early during the presentation of a unit. Study units are broken into two week intervals, with a quiz at the end of one week, followed by a test the second week. On quizzes students are allowed to use any written notes or homework papers they have prepared, but not the text or handouts. On tests students may prepare a hand written study guide for use on the test. The guide typically is limited to one side of a paper, and must be in the student's writing.

All students have a text. It is important students use the text. Most students are still making the transition from "learning to read" to the mode of "reading to learn". Students may write in texts, which usually have wide margins. It may help to take notes as students read the text.

Typically class time is given for students to work on problems, essays, sample tests, and lab reports. The majority of study time and homework should come as students prepare for tests and quizzes. The emphasis is on using time in class to have students work, instead of watching the teacher work, this means absences are much harder for students to make-up.

Be there to learn, and learn to be there!


Mr. Bachman

Mr. Bachman

Hi and welcome!  My name is Greg Bachman and in mathematics I teach Algebra 1 and Geometry.  

In the science area I teach Anatomy and Physiology, and Exercise Science.  Students can concurrently enroll to Western Colorado Community College (Mesa State) and earn high school and college credit for each of these courses.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Exercise Science with additional coursework in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology.  I attended The Hungarian University of Physical Education for further study in Exercise Physiology.  I continued my education in a doctoral program in Biomechanics at The University of Northern Colorado.

My background and experiences are varied; from being in the military to attempting to be a professional athlete.  I enjoy immensely the daily interaction with students and helping them with the sometimes daunting task of acquiring knowledge. 

Ms. Harmone

Ms. Harmon

Education

Master of Science:  Science Education
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Graduated May 2005

 

Bachelor of Arts:  Mathematics with emphasis in Secondary Education
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Graduated May 1998

Philosophy Statement

     My interest in teaching developed when I was in seventh grade.  An inspirational teacher taught me that I could do anything I put my mind to, and from that moment, I knew that teaching was my calling.  This teacher had many qualities that I believe made him a great teacher.  He made me strive to be a life-long learner by being passionate, full of humor, creative, and encouraging. These attributes that my seventh grade teacher possessed are what guide my educational beliefs.

     I am passionate about math and science.  I believe being a life-long learner has assisted me in this area.  By acquiring new knowledge in the math and science fields, learning new technologies that are utilized to instruct students, and implementing real life situations and problems in the classroom, I have increased my passion.  I have accomplished this by attending many seminars, conferences, and employing the knowledge of my peers.  Students observe my passion, and it encourages them to become lifelong learners too.

     I believe that a good sense of humor and creativity go a long way in the classroom.  Humor creates a positive learning environment by humanizing the classroom. Creativity leads to interesting lessons and variety.  Not only do these teaching tactics reach different types of learners, they also take the monotony out of the classroom.  This allows students to think outside the boundaries of the class, promotes a strong desire to learn, and provides a comfortable, safe learning environment in which all children can succeed.  I bring creativity and humor to the classroom by relating topics to stories, allowing laughter and silliness, and by delivering lessons that convey real life experiences.   

    My goal is to have students succeed in school and in life.  To do this they need encouragement.  Students always receive support and encouragement from me.  It comes in many different forms, such as, calling students and helping them on the phone, e-mailing them missing assignments, discussing alternative support options with them and their parents, being available for help during multiple time periods, assisting them during class, and being available to listen and assist them in life situations.  Increasing self-esteem through these forms of support and encouragement improves the learner’s success.

     The passion, humor, creativity, and encouragement I have, has led to successful students.  When students observe these attributes they know I care about them and their future. This knowledge contributes to the students learning ability and their ability to apply the knowledge they learn in society.