Mr. Cole, Eighth Grade Science
Welcome to My Page!
First, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to teach our scholars. I am going to set up the specific information in tabs on the right to make things a little easier to navigate. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesistate to email me! Again, thank you, and I look forward to working with you!
As I said in on my opening page: WELCOME! I appreciate the opportunity to work with our scholars, and I do not take that opportunity lightly. In terms of my "about me," I will get started.
First and foremost, I am the father of four (yes, four) children. My oldest is Anna, who is 17, and a senior this year. My oldest son, is my stepson, Jackson, who is 15, and entering tenth grade this year. My youngest daughter, Olivia, is 14, and starting high school this year. Finally, my youngest son, Elias, turned 8 this year, and will be entering third grade.
My background in education began for me later in life. I graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics and Science Education. I have subsequently earned my Master's of Science in Educational Technology. The latter of the two has proven to be more useful in the last six months than I'd have ever imagined.
In terms of content teaching, I have primarily been teaching mathematics for the last six years, although I have taught both seventh and eighth grade science earlier. While I love mathematics and I have used often science to explain mathematics, I am incredibly excited to be diving into science!
In terms of my teaching philosophy, the descriptors I would choose would be caring, clear, and consistent.
My choice of teaching middle school was very deliberate. When I reached high school, I started to really enjoy school. I enjoyed the material I was learningand was comfortable with the school atmosphere, as a whole. Middle School, on the other hand, was a completely different affair. I struggled with the typical awkwardness, which was greatly exacerbated by severe attention problems. At that time, those attention problems called "being a bad kid." There were not many strategies (to age myself a little) to use when educating kids who learned differently, which made things worse. Additonally, I remember classes during which we were allowed to behave a certain way one day only to have that exact behavior be a problem the next day. It seemed that the difference was driven largely by whatever mood the particular teacher was in that day. I strive to have my classroom be one where my students know what is expected of them, and just as importantly, know what to expect from me.
If there is that you think I might have forgotten, or have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
My Eighth-Grade Curriculum Map