|Subject / Grade||AP Government and Politics/ 8th grade AMS Social Studies|
|"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty"|
|-- James Madison|
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My name is Elizabeth Schley. This is my sixth year as a Basha Bear. Prior to this, I taught for 11 years in the Gilbert School District as an 8th grade social studies teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy running, yoga, reading historical novels, hanging out with my family, and watching Iowa Hawkeye Football. GO HAWKS! I look forward to having you in my classroom this year. I expect each student to work to the best of their ability and to ask questions.
My Education and Professional Background
BS, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education M. Ed Secondary Education, History Emphasis, National Board Certified Teacher, Social Studies/History2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist
My Educational Philosophy
There is something for everyone. This philosophy of teaching hits every learner. Not everyone learns the same or is interested in the same thing. It is important for our learners to think like historians, not like Jeopardy contestants. In treating our classroom like a lab for historians, our students can find something that they are interested in. Allowing student choice is a huge portion of my educational philosophy. Giving students choice allows them to explore what they have interest in, thus allowing them to have an interest in history. History is so rich that it allows students to go off into their own part of it, what they are engaged in. When we look at the continuance of our democracy, we look at the citizen’s ability to effectively participate in that process. Knowing your stance, having the ability to look at the opposition, and defend your opinion with evidence that is valid is the cornerstone of democracy.
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