Adam Blalock has been an employee of Polk School District for 13 years where he has taught Social Studies and Special Education at Rockmart High School. Coach Blalock currently teaches World History, Honors World History and U.S. History. In 2010 Coach Blalock became the head boys Track and Field and Cross Country coach. Coach Blalock graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Education and later completed his Master's degree at Grand Canyon University in Secondary Education. Coach Blalock is married to Amy, his wife of 15 years, and has three children: Mark, Addison, and Ella. He currently resides in Cherokee County, Alabama.
My personal feelings and beliefs about teaching have been through a dynamic journey throughout my career. I originally believed that once I established a philosophy of education that it would never change; I was wrong. I believe the one element I was not taking in to account when considering my philosophy on education is the one thing that changes constantly and is also the one thing I have no control over: students. When I began to consider how students affect me as a teacher, my philosophy began changing. My students determine so many aspects of how I teach that my beliefs about education sometimes must change to accommodate.
I believe teaching should use a wholeness approach. There is the aspect of teaching that has been determined for the teacher, such as the standards, but there are many aspects that simply cannot be determined or predicted. For as many students one teaches, there are as many unique personalities and learning styles that a teacher must consider. I try to incorporate many teaching styles and strategies to accommodate the many different learning styles of my students. I have found in the past few years that a blended approach using both technology and non-tech resources works well in providing each student a learning opportunity that meets his/her needs. Another aspect that cannot be predicted is a student’s life away from school. There is no way to know what students may be going through at home, if they’re eating regularly, or what kind of relationship they have with their parents. For these reasons, I believe it is important for teachers to make great efforts to understand their students as one may have to be many things to one’s students. I try my best to be sympathetic to the needs of my students. I have found that a student who trusts his/her teacher is more willing to work for their grade.
I do not believe that teaching ends with learning some standards or taking some test. I believe that it is also the teacher’s responsibility to teach students how to be productive members of society after school. In some cases, teaching a student how to function in life outside of school can be more valuable than what he/she may learn in a classroom. It is my goal that when a student leaves my class at the end of each school year he/she is a well-equipped, well-informed, decision maker, who is confident in his/her ability to succeed at whatever he/she chooses as a life path. This is what I find most rewarding about teaching!
I am available for tutoring by appointment.
Click here to access the Georgia Standards of Excellence for World History.
Click here to access the Georgia Standards of Excellence for U.S. History.