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Mr. Michael Quartararo

Hi! Welcome to my webpage! I am excited to bring to you the world of 6th grade on this site. I hope you will find this to be a valuable tool and resource for this year. Please continue to check back here often as I update my site.
Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself! I am a huge Mets fan, as well as the Peanuts Gang! Charlie Brown and his friends can teach us all a lot about life! I try to bring these lessons into the classroom!
I grew up in scenic Bellmore, on Long Island's south shore!!! I then attended Adelphi University for my BA in Psychology and my MA in Elementary Education. I then attended Queens College where I attained a Post-Masters Certificate in Elementary Math. I love taking classes, and I want my students to know that learning is a life-long process that doesn't end with a graduation ceremony-- though they are wonderful reasons to party!!! 
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Munsey Park. I have been able to teach Kindergarten, 4th Grade, and now 6th Grade. This has given me valuable experience at different stages of Elementary Schooling, and I try to use the insight and knowledge in my teaching. It is so wonderful knowing where the students are coming from, and what experiences they have had at the various stops along the way at Munsey Park. I will try to help them make connections often in my lessons.
The opportunity to teach 6th Grade Social Studies was one I could not turn down when presented to me! Sixth Grade offers students the chance to learn about a part of history that they had not yet experienced. What I love most about exploring the ancient cultures is that we are NOT a History class. Instead, we explore cultures, make connections and draw conclusions about the past like detectives, and we compare and contrast these civilizations to see how they have shaped our modern world. I will try my best to help the students view the ancient world through the eyes of archaeologists and social scientists. Hopefully, they enter 7th Grade with a new appreciation for the world that they enjoy!
Of course, what would school be without Math?! I want my students to experience Math as not just computation problems in a book, but instead their world. Math is problem solving, and there is no one way to accomplish that task. Whenever students have the chance to solve a problem and use reasoning and sound judgement, they are using Math skills. To that end, I will be posting my Problem of the Week each week on the website. The more students that attempt the problem, the better our discussions of problem solving will become! Please try them each week! 
Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about me. I hope to learn a lot about all of you as the year progresses! Feel free to contact me at school any time. Have a great day, and I hope to see you all soon!
   Mr. Quartararo