Welcome students, parents! My name is Tim Ferrell, and I am a social studies teacher at East Ridge High School. I came to East Ridge in 2005, the very same year I graduated from College. I am a Florida native. I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida where I attended Lake Worth High School. After high school I pursued my college education at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee and finished my Bachelor's degree in Social Science Education with a minor in history.
I have taught many social studies courses at East Ridge High School, such as world history (general, honors, and nine years teaching ap), and US history (general and honors). I believe I have a responsibility to American youth to teach the world that surrounds them. With the burgeoning demands this world will put on the next generation of global citizens, I strive to get my students to become critical thinkers that seek to comprehend, question, and potentially reconstruct this world.
I have also held numerous positions in addition to teaching. I have served in mentoring capacities for the district's new social studies teachers and alternative certification participants. I have been a part of the District's World History Curriculum team. In addition, I have mentored teachers in the implementation of district writing initiatives, most specifically document-based question (DBQ) essay writing and the new Literacy Design Collaborative Program. The past three Summers I have been fortunate to be a reader for AP World History in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lastly, I have been involved with athletics at my school. I was the head girls varsity volleyball coach between 2006 and 2009. I currently am the head boys cross country coach and have served in that capacity since 2010. In addition, I was an assistant coach for the boys basketball team from 2008 - 2017.
In my World History classes my students and I utilize multiple practices to achieve the best results. My class encourages critical thinking in both small groups and in whole-class discussions. We implement thinking maps, graphic organizers, and Cornell Notes to organize student thinking and reasoning through complex concepts in World History. Those concepts are presented through essential questions and higher-order questions. Every lesson incoroprates primary and secondary sources. Writing is a major focus in World History, and students are challenged to write document-based question essays, comparison and contrast essays, and change and continuity over time essays. Most of these essays are argumentative essays, so students learn to state arguments and support their arguments with historical evidence. My goal is to prepare my students for the future, whether it be furthering their academia and/or their future careers.
Celebrating student success is not merely writing "Great Job" on a student's paper, or stating "Excellent answer" during class discussion. Student success can be measured beyond the classroom in how the student reacts and survives to the demands of the world. In class, I display exemplary student work on the walls.When a student does something well – in writing, discussion, etc – I do my best to draw attention to that student’s success. Beyond that, I always use exemplary student writing samples for other students to see ways to improve their writing. If a student is succeeding I try to make that success infectious in my classroom.Contact Information