Kurt Miller

 Adobe Spark (12)


 

Info

9th Health
10th World History
Design Academy (D-Tech)
Room I-105
Email: kurt.miller@venturausd.org
805-289-0023 Extension #2605


Agenda and Homework


Miller’s Daily Schedule

  1. Prep
  2. 10th World History
  3. 10th World History
  4. Design Academy Coordinator
  5. 9th Health
  6. 10th World History
  7. 9th Health

Syllabus


Useful Links


Google Classroom Codes:

  • Period 2: qh42ug
  • Period 3: 1ur5uz
  • Period 5: 7b6bpgu
  • Period 6: 1ur5uz
  • Period 7: mnqkch
  • DTech: qh42ug

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About Me

Dear students,

My philosophy of teaching is simple: I will push the boundaries of learning by asking you, my students, to reflect, uncover, pull apart, and bring together course material in a way that meets or exceeds my expectations. More importantly, though, I want you to exceed your own expectations. You should always push yourself to ask questions and dive deeper into the rich story of our course material. Don’t worry!—It will take some hard work, but it will also be exciting and fun. Above all I want you to do justice to your own learning ability.

But before I go any further, allow me to introduce myself. I grew up in San Diego and attended PB Middle School and Mission Bay High School. In high school I would wake up at 4:45 AM and groggily head to the beach for a quick (yet satisfying) surf before school. If the waves were big I would leak salt water out of my nose all day—one time I even short-circuited a keyboard at school on accident (don’t tell though!). I remember being an awkward 9th grader trying to bridge the gap between being cool and being myself. Everyone in this class should feel free to express themselves without worry of judgment. Everyone is cool in my book, unless, of course, you forget to do your homework.

After high school, I entered UCSB as an art history major. Later I would add on a religious studies double major with a minor in technical communication. I spent several months my junior year studying archeology in Ankara, Turkey. On the plane ride over I scrambled through a Turkish phrase book. When I landed I basically knew two words: yes and no. I was scared, intimidated, nervous, and strangely optimistic. The optimism came from a quiet voice in my head that told me that though my time in Turkey might be tough, it would also be full of learning. While I was there I learned I didn’t like archeology—too much treatment of history like it was some sort of dead artifact. Yet, what I did learn was that risk is rewarded and that learning something new—in the class or outside—is deeply satisfying.

After I graduated in 2008 I spent half a year living in the Dominican Republic teaching kiteboarding, and surfing as much as possible. Like my experience in Turkey, the everyday struggles (not all of it was a struggle, trust me!) in the Dominican Republic made me appreciate learning and the learning process. For example, I learned that you can fit a lot more people in a car than you think. At one point I was in big public taxi van called a “gaugau” with twenty eight other people, a driver, plus my surfboard hanging out the front window. Sometimes there was so little room on the inside of the van that I was forced to catch a ride on the outside, which was not very safe.

After the Dominican Republic I came back to Santa Barbara and started grad school in the religious studies program at UCSB. My goal was to earn a PhD in religious studies, but half way through the process I discovered that I loved teaching more than hyper-focused research. After earning a masters, I switched over to the the teacher credential program at UCSB. Right out of the credential program I landed a job here at Foothill. Of all the jobs I have ever had (pool lifeguard, construction laborer, surf camp instructor, kitesurfing instructor, valet parking captain, steamboat deckhand, commercial salmon fisherman, and substitute), teaching has been the most dynamic and powerful. I consider myself lucky to be spending time talking about the stuff I love—history, health, geography, politics, and current events with students like you.

In the last four years I asked Wren to marry me while backpacking on Catalina Island, had a glorious wedding at El Capitan State Beach, went on a honeymoon to Fiji and New Zealand, and Wren gave birth to our first child–Finn Wright Miller (see pictures above). We will see what is next!

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