I am Mrs. Ford. I come to Whitehouse from Lakeview Centennial in Garland ISD, where I have been teaching the last 5 years. The last three years I've taught AP US History (APUSH). I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 from TAMUCC. My husband and I relocated to the Tyler area this summer to be closer to our family. I am very excited to have found a position at WHS, as I have heard so many good things about your school.
You may find this class to be very different in its structure than other history courses you've taken, as it is a 100% Flipped Classroom. The Flipped Classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content outside of the classroom and moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. In a flipped classroom model, students receive didactic instruction (i.e., direct content coverage is done through the viewing of lectures, reading of the textbook, and/or other articles assigned by the instructor) of content at home and engage in concepts (i.e., historical thinking skills, class discussion, and writing practice) in the classroom with the guidance of the instructor.
You will NOT come to class and sit quietly and copy notes from a PowerPoint over content you were supposed to read from your textbook outside of class. You will be actively involved in discussing, debating, group work and writing.
I am looking forward to an exciting year of exploring, discussing and debating history with my students at WHS!