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Mr. Eric Simpson
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Brockport High School
Olean NY
Class Information:
Room Number: 115
Students per Class: 21
Class Description:
This is an AP ELA section for whom the full time teacher has expressed interest in having me conduct an action research project on integrating cell phones into classroom instruction.
Per Diem Teacher
In rolling out a program using cell phones, it is reasonable to assume that some students would not have one. The national statistics suggest that 80% is a very reasonable planning figure for cell phone ownership in the school's community. In any given class it is unlikely that more than 5 students would not have a cell phone, so having 5 "floater" phones available for students to sign out would ensure the likelihood that when cell phones are used in the classroom, all the students will have one to use.
My Philosophy:
It sounds corny, but I believe in the transformational power of knowledge and that helping students gain access to a full cognitive tool kit is one of best things I could do for them. I'm a firm believer that there are multiple valid paths to the destination of knowledge and want to be the kind of teacher that helps his students find the way that works best for them.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I am a "2nd Career" teacher who has come to the profession after a variety of professional endeavors to include deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army officer. Having seen the devastating power of ignorance and poor education, I am very passionate about being one of the folks who brings a bit of light into the world.
College and Degrees:
St Lawrence University: BA English NazarethCollege: MS Educational Technology (in progress)
Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Reading, TV, Movies
Favorite Books:
I have several thousand books I've read over the years, mostly for fun and tend to lean toward series more than single books: Wheel of Time, Pern, Sword of Truth, Time Traveler's Wife
Favorite Quotes:
“Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.” Robert A. Heinlein
Why Do I Teach?:
I came to the realization after a number of different professional endeavors that I wanted to do something that matters in the world and I enjoy the process of communicating ideas and helping others achieve.
Percent of Students are:
     Average: 84 %
     High-achiever: 12 %
     Special Needs: 4 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 87 %
     Hispanic: 4 %
     African American: 6 %
     Native American: 1 %
     Asian: 1 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 26 %
ESL Enrollment:: 8 %
Average number of students in class:: 22 students
Number of students I teach:: 21 students