Teacher Spotlight: Robert L. Sharpley

Grade(s) Taught:
6,7, & 8

Subjects Taught:
English Language Learners: English and Reading

School Name:
Krueger Middle School

State:
Texas

Teaching Motto:
You will learn more from each other than you’ll ever learn from me.

How many years have you been teaching?
21 years

Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?
Seeing the sparkle in the eye of a learner when they get it is what inspires me daily!

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?
Do not close the school down with the janitors. Manage your time efficiently through organization. Track each paper, task and learner.

My best day in the classroom was when:
I could feel the excitement in the room as kids with very little language experience got excited about using edmodo in class to communicate with each other and their teacher in English. One in particular, a Somali refugee, is regularly writing (sometimes three times a day) to me and her classmates.

What’s your one must-have item for your classroom?
Projected laptop with document camera attached.

If you could have one teacher superpower, what would it be?
Magic wifi enabling so I could magically transform the six computers sitting in my room to usable tools for kids to blog, upload/download, share work, research and take charge of their education.

What was the last non-academic book you’ve read?
The Shack

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Guest speaker at TED for use of innovative educational technologies.

Have a question you’d like to ask your fellow educators?
How do you get your learners motivated to finish their writing projects after time has been invested in modeling and used prewriting?

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