Photos from the field trip to Adventure Aquarium are now available





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to Mr. Yearsley’s Classroom!!!


n26603044_32831501_1404.jpg5th Grade Literacy & Social Studies Teacher


Favorite Quote:

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

~Ralph Emerson

Current Positions:
5th Grade Literacy & Social Studies
The John B. Stetson Charter School
Aspira Charter Schools/Philadelphia, PA

From:
Pennsylvania, United States
Education:
Coatesville Area School District
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania – BS in Elementary Education/Sports Pedagogy
Hobbies & Interests:
Technology, personal fitness, music, experiencing what the world has to offer

Professional Bio: I came to the Daniel Boone School of Philadelphia in December 2005. I began as a Health and Social Skills teacher for the 5th and 6th grades. Building on my passion for technology and cultures, I began to incorporate technology into the classroom and in my day to day lessons. In 2006, I made the transition to the 5th and 6th Grade Social Studies teacher where 5th grade students learn United States History and 6th students receive instruction in World Cultures. website.jpg
I have taken initiative and secured myself as a vital role in the Audiovisual Department by heading the department and taking on a variety of roles: communicating and consulting with students, staff, and outside vendors, equipment maintenance, setup, and repair, providing individualized instruction and support for students and staff, delivering Staff Development topics on technology in the classroom.
I am beginning a new chapter in my educational career as a 5th Grade Literacy and Social Studies teacher at the John B. Stetson Charter School for the 2010-2011 academic year. After intense weeks of preparation for my new assignment the energy and positive atmosphere paid off on the very first day of school. My students are an excellent group of young gentlemen and ladies. It looks to be a very exciting and positive year!

Personal Bio: I credit hard work and my personal values as the driving force in my life. I was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and raised in the rural community of Wagontown, a far stretch from the urban setting I teach in, by my parents Robert and Cindy Yearsley. From an early age, I was raised with the highest of values and strove to be a leader academically, athletically, and publicly.
Throughout my life I have dedicated myself to my education. One of my greatest achievements and evidence of my dedication was upon graduation of high school; I had not been absent a single day in thirteen years of schooling. In addition to this achievement I was active in a variety of academic and extracurricular organizations including: Honor Society, Interact Club (Community Service), Class Cabinet, Student Council Spanish
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Mr. Yearsley at the 2004 NCAA Baseball World Series
, Meistersingers (Vocal Music Performance), SADD, WCHS-TV, and Varsity Baseball. Athletically, as a member of the varsity baseball team, I rose to become team captain and lead my team to a number of successful years and championships along with receiving a number of awards for my performance on the field. All of these activities laid the foundation to continue my education at Kutztown University in the Fall of 2000. I was awarded academic and athletic scholarships and continued to excel academically and athletically. I helped lead the Golden Bear Baseball Team to two conference championships, and three Regional Division Championships and three trips to the NCAA Division II World Series Championship. In addition to the various championships, I was rewarded as a coaches’ choice for First Team All-PSAC in 2004 and awarded the Walter P. Risely Memorial Scholarship Award for success on the field and in the classroom. I served on S.A.A.C. (Student Athletic Advisory Council) for all four years, representing my team and also serving as the secretary my final year with the organization.
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Mr. Yearsley (right), and a Firefighter cadet at Fire Fighter 1 Training

Following in the footsteps of my parents, I dedicate my time to serving my community through volunteer organizations. I have been a volunteer firefighter since the age of 16, and continues to play an active role in the service. I was awarded the honor of speaking to the graduating Class of 2008 Firefighting Cadets and addressed the importance of commitment, sacrifice, and duty. I am currently a volunteer firefighter at the East Brandywine Fire Company of Chester County. I has also volunteered my time to the Salvation Army, where my mother is a Regional Coordinator of Emergency Services. In this capacity, I have provided a number of services and support to the organization throughout a number of years.

Inside the classroom:

The Classroom: Upon entering Room 201, you will find a comfortable and visually engaging classroom filled with motivational and informational visual aids. The setting of the classroom
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Individualized Instruction accommodates the learning needs of students
located tucked away in the corner of the Team One hallway, where there are few distractions to disrupt the educational process. The classroom is kept to its highest degree in organization and cleanliness, relating to Six Steps of Success outlined in the Student Handbook. The classroom has the capacity for 25 students, including 8 additional seats at the classroom multimedia centers, where students are permitted to complete research assignments, word processing assignments, and general technology exploration. The classroom is complete with a large selection of comprehensive materials related to the curriculum and a student library for students to enjoy when time allows for such activities. Although the curriculum is hard paced, some students will find time to enjoy the large selection of books and periodicals on a variety of educational subjects that are suitable for all reading levels. In line with the Camelot Model and normative culture, you will not find any rules posted within the classroom. Students are expected to display and maintain a high level of respect and behavior to maintain a positive learning for all students. By maintaining high expectations, positive norms and established routines, disciplinary problems and interruptions are far less likely to occur and have only enhanced the learning environment to its highest potential. “[I] is an advocate for his students while holding them strictly accountable for high academic expectations as well as adherence to all school norms. I have no doubt that, given his level of enthusiasm, he will continue to grow and develop as an educator…I has demonstrated a real flair for teaching young people. His classroom is not only visually appealing, but also academically challenging for his students,” Judy Salisbury-Principal.

The Lessons: The lessons are designed in accordance with the Planning and Scheduling Timeline of the Philadelphia School District. Pennsylvania State Standards are displayed daily along with the learning objectives for each lesson. By following these protocols and resources, the curriculum is designed to engage students in the learning processes. Given the special needs of our student population, specific learning accommodations are made for students daily with respect to IEP’s and classroom management practices.
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6th Grade students construct a replica Ancient Mayan Pyramid as part of the Latin America Unit
The lessons are designed for student engagement and participation, allowing students to take an active role in their education and making them accountable and responsible for their education. Many lessons will feature audiovisual aides to accommodate the different learning styles of individual students. These are teacher generated PowerPoint presentations and video/photographic complications. To fulfill the various learning styles of individual students, many lessons will incorporate fun and interactive activities to keep students engaged and learning at the same time. It is my goal as an educator to create the best learning experience I can for all students, and at the same time allow the students to take responsibility and an active role in their learning.


The Assignments: The majority of assignments are completed within the classroom where there are a number of different resources for students to utilize. Assignments consist of a variety of worksheets, textbook review questions, and selected reading comprehension questions. Homework is provided as a supplement when deemed necessary to extend the learning beyond the time allotted in class. Homework is typically due the following day unless otherwise advised.
Beyond the day to day classroom assignments, all students are expected to complete a research project. In past years, students have enjoyed creating and researching their projects and topics.
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A 6th Grade Executive teaches a mini-lesson to 5th students as part of an extended assignment for his research project
Past projects have included topics on African-American History, American History, World History, and cultural diversity. The students have been able to complete a number of various aspects in addition to just researching a topic and writing about it. Some students have chosen to enhance their projects through various additional components such as: personal interviews, visual representations, and oral presentations to classes and administrative staff.
Tests and quizzes are given periodically to ensure that students comprehend the material to be learned. Students have full knowledge as to when these assessments are given and have the opportunity to prepare for these assessments with review sessions before each assessment is given.

In addition: Over the course of the year there are a number of different guest speakers and presenters in the classroom. As always, students are expected to hold themselves to the highest standard and respect when there is a guest in our classroom. Over the past few years, I have had a variety of guest speaker on various topics. Drexel University has provided their services by helping to incorporate a Nutritional and Health curriculum into our classrooms. For the past three years, Sarah Malone-Ditzel, of Drexel’s Eat.Right.Now. program, has come to our classroom and has helped provide invaluable information to our students concerning healthy nutritional choices. She provides a student-centered learning experience in which students are
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Students enjoy a break from the Philadelphia Walking Tour in front of Independence Hall
engaged in learning through various presentations and fun-filled activities. The Eat.Right.Now. program has been a staple for our students and has been a successful and enriching experience.

Learning beyond the classroom:
To truly appreciate learning and better understand any field of study, I believe you must experience it firsthand. Simple example: A student reads about the ocean, he sees pictures of a beach and some water. Without prior knowledge and/or firsthand experience, what will he gain from a textbook and generic photos? Is he able to fully experience and grasp all the elements of this foreign place? Imagine if the student could feel the consistency of the sand, the cool ocean breeze, smell the ocean air, hear the waves crash into the sand, and taste the saltiness of the ocean (I am not recommending that students should go out and drink ocean water). This simple experience that many people have experienced may be so abstract to someone that has never had the opportunity to directly experience it.
Throughout the year, there are a number of opportunities for students to experience education outside of the classroom and traditional school setting. Field trips play a vital role in extending the lessons learned in the classroom and providing highly valuable learning opportunities for students. With the ever-growing diversity of learners, I believe it is imperative for teachers to provide the most educationally provocative environments and experiences. There are a number of various field trips that students have the opportunity to take advantage of as a part of the curriculum. Field trips have included tours of the: African-American History Museum, Franklin Mint, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia Walking Tour, and Ride the Ducks of Philadelphia.
Every field trip taken has an outlined agenda and learning objectives so that students will be able to get the most out of their experiences.