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Ben Anderson

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Ben Anderson

Name: Ben Anderson
School: Chief Kamiakin Elementary
City: Sunnyside
State: Washington
Grade(s): 1st-5th Grade
Subject(s): P.E./Social Skills

What quote inspires you?
“The person you are is the person your children become. Show love and compassion, self-control and discipline; seek knowledge and demonstrate good values.” – John Wooden

What is your favorite color and why?
My favorite color is blue because my favorite sports teams use blue on their uniforms. I love the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners!

What is your favorite piece of furniture in your classroom?
My favorite furniture in my classroom is my desk. It helps me to stay organized, and it give me a place to read during my lunchtime.

How would you describe your teaching style?
With patience and love of all abilities. My background in Special Education gives me the understanding to provide the best learning environment for each individual child.

When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I turned 28 years old. I spent two summers working at Bill Westphal’s Basketball Camp in Prescott, Arizona and decided that teaching and coaching were my passion.

What is your favorite lesson/unit to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is Basketball. I love teaching students the fundamentals of the game, and to see their growth over several weeks of practicing.

What is your greatest challenge in teaching?
The greatest challenge in teaching is working with students who don’t come to school prepared to learn. Many of my students live in poverty, and education has never been a priority in their homes.

If you could have a career other than a teacher, what would it be?
I would work as a College Basketball Coach if I wasn’t currently teaching.

What’s something your students probably don’t know about you?
I own a signed document by our first President. (George Washington)

If a student were to remember something about your class 50 years from now, what do you hope it would be?
I would hope that they remembered that I cared and loved each of them individually, and that I wanted them to be successful in whatever career they had chosen for themselves. I have taught my children that life is a game. Play it correctly and you’ll win at the game of life, and if you play it wrong, there are consequences for that as well.

What are your three favorite books?
1. The Holy Bible
2. The Wisdom of Wooden
3. The Great Compromise

Which do you prefer:

pencil or pen

coffee or tea

afternoon or morning

packed lunch or hot lunch

faculty meeting or dentist

Is there anything else you want to tell us?
I appreciate companies like SCHOOLSin who have helped educators through giveaways, blogs, and sharing with the educational community through Facebook and Twitter.

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