About Murray...
Position: Government/12 Economics/12
Room: 221
Phone: (480) 812-7796
Email: Murray

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Welcome to my classroom; I hope you feel right at home. It is my intention to make this classroom a place where you feel valued and comfortable enough to express yourself, and thereby more fully engage in the lessons.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Grand Canyon University majoring in History with a minor in Political Science in 1994. I finished my Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University in Education in 2000. I am a lifelong learner so have completed 24 graduate level classes. I continue to attend conferences and workshops and drive my wife a little stir crazy reading and watching programs related to what I teach. I am currently in my 20th year teaching - all in CUSD80 - and my 17th here at the home of the Wolves.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my job to create lessons that are interesting, compelling and engaging for the student. It is the students' responsibility to come to class with a desire to learn - with a wherewithal to focus on the tasks at hand - to be actively cognitively engaged in the learning exercise. Leaning is hard work; blue collar physically demanding work. A great deal of effort is required to be an effective learner. Mental, emotional, and physical effort is called for and demanded from academic success

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