Crestview High’s newest educators bring enthusiasm to teaching

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM.

Relating to students

Crestview High’s new teachers can relate to high school students close to their own level.

“It’s an advantage and a disadvantage,” Hokans said. “They can relate to you, but they also think they can test you more.”

Teachers’ embracing technologies their students use is also valuable. Rodriguez frequently uses YouTube to find videos related to the lesson. Gwen Stefani’s song “Black Death” got the kids singing its “fleas on rats” chorus as they left the classroom. They thought it was silly, Rodriguez said, “but no one forgot how the bubonic plague spread.”

That sort of innovation excites Jones and convinces him he made good choices in his new hires, he said.

“You think, ‘Oh, we have these young teachers with no experience.’ But if my kids were still high school age, I would want my children in these classes,” Jones said.

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