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The purpose of this newsletter is to tell you a little bit about me. While I may not meet all of you personally, I will be spending a lot of time with your children and I think its important that you know a little more about me than just a name and a subject. In this newsletter I will go over how I will be teaching in my class and what your child can expect on a typical day. I will be also giving some more personal information about myself, just so you can get to know me a little better. Teaching style

Why Social?

In my classroom it is my goal to reach as many students as I can. In order to do this I will be going beyond the traditional teaching style of lectures and notes. While I will be using this to convey basic information about social, I will also be using projects and classroom participation to reinforce this learning. For each unit there will be one project for them to complete. The kind of project will vary and it is expected that the majority of the work for this will completed at home. It is very important that they complete this project on time and well because it may be used in our classroom activities. The classroom portion of this will be completed towards the end of the unit in order to reinforce what they have learned. For instance if we do a elections in Canada, each the students will be put in groups and and assigned parties. Then in class, they will choose a candidate from their group and a party. From there they will organize a campaign and vote for a Prime Minister from these groups.

Like many people who go into education, I had someone who really inspired me to become a teacher and fostered my love of history. While I have always loved history, before grade eleven I never saw it as something that I could pursue and take an active interest in. Basically, I liked Social but beyond class I never really pursued that interest. But in grade eleven I had a teacher who really loved his subject and he showed it every single day. He was also one of the first teachers I had who really went above and beyond to make class interesting and to help us learn. This teacher inspired me to become a Social teacher and I hope to do the same for my students. I want to make Social an enjoyable class, or at the very least make their least favourite class a little better.

Sydney Hofstra

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Where I grew up I have lived my entire life on a dairy farm, in the count y of Leduc, something that is a vital part of me and who I am as a person. Living on a farm for me was just one great big adventure, as a result I have a lot of stories about it. To us the farm was a giant playground and that got us into trouble more than once. For instance there was the time that my brother was driving with the tractor door open and he went over a bump and it shattered. My dad was pretty happy with him then! Living on a farm also gave me a strong sense of responsibility and work ethic. Whenever one of us got in trouble my mom just sent us out to the barn to do work. Living on a farm also meant I was in 4-H. This meant I learned the basics of public speaking and became comfortable doing so, something very important for any teacher to learn.

My Family My family has been a huge part of my life. I firmly believe that you are a product of your environment and without my family I would not be the person I am today. Some days I say I'm lucky, and some days I say I'm not but I am the oldest of three. I have a younger brother, who is eighteen but never talks, and a younger sister who is the total opposite of me and loves annoying me. Like most younger siblings of course. Another factor that has shaped my life is my parents relationship. I am fortunate, because my parents created a strong and stable environment through a good marriage. Sydney Hofstra

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