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About Pat

Pat Riley is student teaching at Amundsen High School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the fall of 2010. He will be teaching Contemporary American History, starting just before the Civil War, as he works towards his Type 9 certificate with an endorsement in History and hopefully Business. Previously, he worked in public relations and business development for a law firm in Chicago, but decided his passion was education. Prior to working in public relations and business development, Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Follow his blog at Musings on Apples and Education.

Building Literacy in Social Studies

One of the issues I kept coming back to during my student teaching was the place of social studies in standardized testing.  Obviously social studies is one of the core four subject areas, but holds the odd distinction of not … Continue reading

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The World is Flat, Education is Not: 5 Ways to Use Technology in the Class

Hello again.  I recently finished reading the book “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman (I know, I’m late to the show) which is a brief history of the 21st Century.  In the book, Friedman talks about the evolution of … Continue reading

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Grade Disputes

Hello, I’m back.  I know it’s been a while, and I apologize. There was recently an article in the Chicago Sun-Times discussing the problem with having a different grading scale from school to school within the same district, or community. … Continue reading

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Effective Assessment Review

Mid-term exams for my classes were just last week, and one of the things I was most concerned with was properly reviewing the material learned so far this year.  About a week and a half or two weeks before the … Continue reading

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Consistency Wins Out

Routine, routine, routine.  This was something that I wanted to implement in my classroom during my student teaching experience as a way to set some classroom rules and expectations.  With my students, a couple of the big issues in our … Continue reading

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Expanding the Network

Last week, our school had a teacher institute day, which I used as a time to assemble all of the student teachers in our building and have a “round desk” discussion.  This happened with the help of a colleague of … Continue reading

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How Can I Help You?

I am now beyond the midway point of my student teaching experience, and so far everything has been really good, very positive, and extremely helpful in my quest to become a teacher.  One of the things though that has been … Continue reading

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Waiting For Superman

I was finally able to see the famed “Waiting for Superman” last night at my local theater.  Following the movie, we were also lucky enough to sit through a panel discussion about the movie that was moderated by Bill Kurtis, … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Motivation, or Lack Thereof

I’ve now completed my fourth week of student teaching, and one of the recurring themes I keep running into in educational cyberspace as well as in school is that of intrinsic motivation for students.  One of my previous posts discussed … Continue reading

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Observations

This week included me taking over classes as well as my first observation.  Having a formal observation can seem like a daunting thing for some, but I try to look at the positive side of it.  With someone in the … Continue reading

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