Teacher Introduction

A little about Mr. Hall:
Welcome to Humanities! I am Mr. Hall and I am from Greensboro, NC. I have taught in both High School and Middle School for 13 years. I am also an adjunct instructor at Wake Tech Community College. I enjoy working with students in reading, writing, and history and am VERY excited to be at Casa and to be working with our students. I am looking forward to an amazing year of learning!

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Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Philip Hall
phall@cemcs.org
919-855-9811

It is important for each child to attend school for the FIRST 20 DAYS to ensure 100% funding for our charter school.

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Some GOALS FOR THIS YEAR:

Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Quarter 3:
We are looking forward to quarter three.  In addition to continuing our study of informational text, students will be learning about the characteristics of poetry and will be writing various poems and performance poetry pieces.  We are also looking forward to continuing our study of African American history.  Students in all three grade levels will be reading the same text in order to foster genuine conversations and connections between literature and all other subject areas!