MR. BRYAN DUFFY
Bachelor of Science, Social Sciences Comprehensive Major, U.W.-Platteville Master's Degree in Education, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
+ years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
+ years total teaching experience
I was born and raised on a farm in Fountain City, WI. I love to teach and my passion for teaching came from my mom who has been a Kindergarten teacher for over 40 years. I have coached boys and girls basketball at a variety of levels and at numerous camps throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, basketball, frolf (Frisby Golf), volleyball, softball, hanging out with friends, and my family.
Social Studies classes will study the early years of the American Republic and Ancient Civilizations around the world. Emphasis is placed on the ability to analyze and evaluate historical events rather than on rote memory of names and dates. Nevertheless, the knowledge of milestone events and influential people is necessary, the majority of student work will require a deeper understanding of the importance of these topics and their role in creating the country in which we live today. Numerous primary sources will be utilized during the course of the year. Also, I include current events in my classroom for the students to become competent lifelong learners, they must learn how to use nonfiction materials to expand their knowledge base, solve problems, and make decisions. Grade Weights: 40% tests, 10% Homework, 30% Projects, 15 % Quizzes, 5% participation (Group work and in class activities/projects) Tests: Test and quizzes will be given during and after each chapter from the textbook or Studies Weekly. Daily Assignments: Students should expect at least two to three assignments per week. However, there will not be an assignment given every day. Daily Geography assignments will be given at the beginning of every week and they are expected to turn them in at the end of every week. Students are responsible for following the given directions and completing the assignments on time. All assignments will be due the following day, unless otherwise stated. Need Help? : Students Are welcome to come in for help and/or questions before school and after school each day. I understand that parents are not always available to answer questions, so please encourage your student to take the initiative to come and see me when they have questions or need help.