I normally make a comment about being homeschooled in "about me" sections, but I guess on this site that would be a given. So other than that, my name is Brantley. I am actually a public high school teacher now. I teach business courses. Currently my classes are personal finance and entrepreneurship, but next year I will have a marketing program. Before that I ran In-School Suspension at the same school for a couple years. That was a very interesting experience. I have a house in the town I grew up in, which is currently filled with a few pretty awesome roommates. My house has become sort of a hang out for a lot of the single guys in my church. We also host a weekly young adults small group at my home every Friday night that I co-lead with another guy. I read a lot, mostly non-fiction. I also henjoy movies and I have a pretty fair movie collection. I do MMA and I'm also a rescue SCUBA diver. I spend most of my time outside of work hanging out with friends and family. One of my favorite uses of free time is having a good conversation on a meaningful topic. My roommates and I end up in a lot of those types of conversations. Incidentally, all three of my roommates were also homeschooled for at least part of their education.
Scripture (especially Ecclesiastes), How People Grow, The Silence of Adam, Blue Like Jazz, Good to Great in God's Eyes, Good to Great, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Next Generation Leader, Relationships, Love and Respect, Radical Reformission, Hand Me Another Brick, Don't Waste Your Life, Crazy Love, Mere Christianity (Most C.S. Lewis), Orthodoxy, The Wealth of Nations, Boy Meets Girl, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Raising a Modern Day Knight and lots more. I also have way too many books on my "to read" list.
I grew up listening to contemporary Christian music. Later I branched into Christian rock. I also like most rock, some country, some pop and a lot of 90s hits. I sometimes listen to instrumental classical music as well. I basically will try most things other than rap. I really don't care for rap. My favorite bands growing up were dc talk, Audio Adrenaline and the Newsboys. I really like it when people take old hymns with solid lyrics and set them to more modern music.
FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
Want (more) Children:
Homeschool your children?:
Yes, I plan to homeschool.
PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATIONAL
Homeschooled all the way
Education / Academic Research
God, reaching young adults and plugging them in to community, MMA, theology, movies that make you think, Bible study, good books and solid friendships
Sorry I'm so late replying. I don't get internet often and sometimes forget about FNs if they get off the first page.
So, as in adjust expectations, do you mean that students are less academically capable of mastering concepts? Or that they just won't? My dad gives the impression it's a little bit of both and from what I've seen and heard, I've come to believe that the biggest failings in the public school system start in the elementary grades.
I keep thinking that I'm going to manage to keep myself away from the education system but no matter how I try I find myself drawn back to it because of the children who are in it. In spite of my resistance, I may find myself teaching public school, yet.
Yes, I would have to agree that the biggest difference/surprise was the level of expectation (rigor, per say) that was expected of the students. Student teaching was really rough for me because (as you noted) I was too close in age to my students at the time ... I couldn't understand why they would not work! It took a couple years teaching at the college level as a TA for me to get a better grasp of what to expect of my students I'm now looking for a teaching position somewhere ... it will be an adventure
What kind of non-fiction do you read? Biographies or ...?
Yeah, like kindergarten teachers all tend to have kind of the same look. If you teach big kids there's more opportunity for a real conversation with them, but you also have to be very mature yourself in order to get their respect. Looks like you're a mature type. My aunt tried high school teaching once, but she kind of isn't good at keeping things on an adult level, so that didn't work out.