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Exploring ancient history and traveling around the world!

Greetings and welcome to Grade 6 Social Studies!  My name is Mr. Robert Martin, and I am excited to be your social studies teacher this year. Linking to Thinking is my blog, and I created the site and moderate it. I am originally from Seneca Falls, New York, a small town in a beautiful part of New York State known as the Finger Lakes region (Just because I tell you I am from New York, does not mean I am from New York City!). In American history, my town is also famous for being the birthplace of women’s rights in the United States.  My wife, Flor, teaches Spanish here in the high school at the American International School of Chennai and our daughter, Maya, is in 4th grade.

I have a B.A. in History and Communication (Journalism) from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). I am a New York State certified teacher, and I have been an ESL/EAL, Social Studies, and classroom teacher for over 18 years in New York State, Kenya, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico, and Kuwait.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, photography,  and spending time with my family. I’ve always had a love for history and I have been fortunate to travel to many of the places we will be learning about this year.

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I LOVE educational blogging, and I hope you will enjoy the class website I have created and use it as a resource to help you learn more about my course. A blog is much more than a website! It’s a fun way to interact with classmates, to share ideas and opinions, and to showcase the fun things we will do this year. It’s only as interesting as we make it, so I encourage you to post comments, politely agree or disagree with classmates and use it as a learning tool. Click on the How to Blog page link to learn more about our rules for my blog.

I am here to help you achieve your best potential. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me as soon as possible, or to email me at: mrobert@aischennai.org

Have a fantastic year!

Robert Martin

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