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    Ms. McGowan

     

    Contact Info:

    • Phone: 407-4133

    • Email: amcgowan@amphi.comAunt Renee, me and Nick at Illini Homecoming

    (My godmother, me, and my cousin at a University of Illinois football game. It's a family tradition!)

     

    IRHS:

    • World History

    • StuGo Advisor

    • Football Chain Gang

    • Varsity Softball Asst. Coach

     

    Education: 

    • Marquette University - Milwaukee - B.A. Secondary Education

    • Marquette University - Milwaukee - B.A. History

     

    Core Educational Beliefs:

    •  "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree then it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

      This quote is incredibly important to me as it is the foundation of my approach to lesson planning. I believe that every student has their strengths and weaknesses and while some might struggle in my content area they may flourish in others or vice-versa. With this in mind, my goal is to create a learning environment that incorporates as many different types of lessons as possible in order to hopefully connect with as many students as possible. History is so rich in content that there will always be something that speaks to the students but that way that the content is approached is a vital part in order for students to reach their full potential.

    • "Talent is never enough... The best players are the hardest workers."

      Natural academic talent alone will NOT earn your student an A in my class. Hard work is how students earn their grades. 

    • "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

      This quote also guides my approach to lesson planning. The simplest way to give the students the information is through the text-book and lecturing but it is also the most un-engaging method in my opinion. I am incredibly passionate about history and the way to help the students succeed is to develop that passion within them as well. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of my students will NOT go on to major in history and I am perfectly aware of that. But just because they don't have the passion that I have doesn't mean that I still shouldn't approach the classroom with that same level of enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is infectious and if I combine that with lessons that relate to the students by encouraging the development of their opinions and demonstrating relevancy I am involving them in real discussions about bigger questions. These types of discussions, while do sometimes cover controversial topics, engage the students and help them to develop a deeper understanding of what we are learning as well as how it affects them.