Hello everyone! My name is Patrick Floyd. I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a B.S. in Secondary Education 1993. My degree includes U.S. History, World History, and Geography. I am entering my fifth year as a World History/US History teacher at Memorial High school. This will be my 11th year teaching all together. I am originally from Indiana and moved to San Antonio 16 years ago. I made that choice partially because I have family here but mostly because it doesn't snow here!
I am a big music lover so my sophomores and juniors are in for some music education, too. I am such a music lover that I own a $600 turntable (that's record player for those of you not old enough to remember!) and I still spin my old vinyl when I get the chance. I love to play music during class and students will be exposed to old school R&B, old school Hip Hop, jazz, classic 80's tunes from when I was in high school, and much more. I want you to see and hear the roots of the music you listen to on the radio and your Ipods.
I am also a big movie buff. In addition to the turntable, I own over 800 DVD's (store bought, not bootleg!). So, my students need to bone up on their movies. I like to use movie clips that demonstrate certain historical concepts and movie analogies in my lectures.
When it comes to my class, it's quite simple. I require my students to have respect for themselves, me, and each other. One of my golden rules is: There is a time and place for everything. Certain behaviors that may be okay at home or with your friends may not be okay at school, especially your language. Learn to turn off the profanity switch when you're at school but especially in my classroom and we will get along great. My students will get the full breakdown on all the rules during the first week of school. Another golden rule for my class is: Effort, just keep on trying. As long as you put forth your best effort, you will pass my class and learn something in the process. One last thought, I'm adopting a new philosophy for this year: No pressure, no diamonds. It takes pressure and time to create diamonds and that translates to a more rigorous and challenging class environment which will better prepare you for future high school classes and college courses.
That's it for now. Feel free to contact me using the links above. I'm looking forward to a great and productive year!
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