You can check out my YouTube introduction video by clicking here if you'd like.
I'm Mr. Lara, and I am very happy to be starting my 6th year at Pinacate Middle School. I teach 8th grade United States History as well as WEB which stands for Where Everyone Belongs. This will be my third year teaching WEB, and I am very excited to work with this year's WEB leaders as we strive to create a place where everyone can belong even in the virtual realm.
I attended Chaffey Community College where I received my Associate of Arts degree before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. In high school, I was in marching band where I played Alto Saxophone. Unfortunately, I don't play as much anymore, but I still have a big passion for music. Music is not the only hobby I have. I love movies, I'm a big Star Wars fan, and I love collecting LEGO and Funko. I have a dog named Benjamin, and he does indeed have a little wardrobe. His favorite clothing items to wear are his red turtle neck, bow tie, and his fuzzy winter bathrobe.
When it comes to teaching history, my mission is to get students interested and to want to investigate further. I know how boring history can be when it is taught as just memorizing dates and names. My way of teaching history is by guiding students down a path where they are uncovering new sides and perspectives. I have them think critically about events and see how events going on now connect with events that have happened in the past.
This school year, I will be using Canvas as my learning management system. Students will need to check their Canvas for my class weekly to see what new things are posted and due.
Here is the link to my History Canvas Course
Here is the link to my WEB Canvas Course
I also will be using a site called Badgr.com
where students can earn digital badges for accomplishing different achievements in my class. Students can sign up for free using their school email.
The best way to reach me is through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I always have my phone on me, and I do my best to reply back as soon as possible. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to ask.
I hope you all have a great day, week, month, and year!