My name is Paul Houck. I'm a native Oregonian, however I spent roughly the last 10 years in Minnesota. I'm happy to be back where it snows seldomly rather than often.
This is my 10th year teaching, and I have a background teaching 7-12 grades, and subjects including literature, writing, social studies, geometry, algebra, health, and PE. My passion is working with middle schoolers because they still enjoy being kids, but they are also at a stage where they begin to think in deep and complex ways.
7th grade students learn about the United States from the beginning of the 20th century and through both world wars. In science they learn about the elements, matter, bonds, and basic chemistry. Students will read many novels and short stories throughout the year, and the stories tend to flow with what we are learning in social studies. Finally, students will write essays, memoirs, poetry, speeches, and articles for our journalism unit.