Who am I?
My name is Wesley Kriz, and if you have made it this far into krizzzleybearteaches, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am currently a social studies teacher candidate* at Newberg High School in Newberg, Oregon. This blog is a place for me to ask questions, pose problems, and maybe sometimes come up with some answers and solutions.
Up above, you will see a few buttons that will take you different places on this website. I like to be a little silly and give things creative names. So here is what you are looking at: The Home button brings you back here, to the About Me page. The Den of the Bear is a page where I have placed a few helpful links that I use when creating lessons, writing blogs, or looking for interesting content on the internet. Then we have the Blog menu. If you want to see all my posts in chronological order, hit the Blog button. From there, there are a few categories to choose from. The I Made a Thing category features various items and materials that I have created for myself to use in the classroom or in the studio. The Soapbox category is where I get up on the proverbial soapbox and pontificate for awhile. I try not to hurt anyone’s feelings though. Children of Kaeroth is a bit of my own original writing about a fantasy world. I am writing it from the perspectives of four very different characters, challenging myself to write in distinct voices. I hope you like it. Finally, on the Art page, I will post various creations of mine, from music, to pottery.
Whew! That wasn’t so bad, was it?
It is my firm belief that kids (and all people really) thrive when they are on the brink of discovery. I hope to be a teacher that creates a classroom where students are explorers who actively seek out new things, not just containers for me to fill with knowledge. I want active participants, not disengaged spectators.
If you look around this blog, you will see things that support this idea! I get excited about teaching in general, and teaching history in particular. If you are like me, you will want that enthusiasm to be infectious. I want to teach through games, simulations, and long-term, high-stakes projects. I want students to realize that History is not only vital for a robust worldview, but can also be tons of fun.
Thanks again for checking out my blog. It really does mean alot.
*I am also a Potter, Artist, and hardcore Star Wars and Lord of the Rings nerd.