Welcome students, parents, and other visitors! My name is Grant Mollett, and I am a social studies teacher at East Ridge High School. I absolutely love being an East Ridge Knight! I came to East Ridge in 2002 when the school first opened. I am very proud to have been here since East Ridge's beginning, and I hope to continue to be a part of East Ridge for years to come.
I am a Florida native. I was born and raised in Ocala, Florida where I attended Lake Weir High School. After high school I pursued my college education at Central Florida Community College, and finished my Bachelor's degree in Social Science Education with a minor in history at the University of Central Florida. Eventually, I returned to the University of Central Florida and earned my Master's degree in Social Science Education.
I have taught many social studies courses at East Ridge High School, such as world geography, world history (on-level, honors, and ap), US history (on-level and honors), Advanced Placement European History, economics, US government, and contemporary history, and the AVID elective course. My academic interests include Chinese history, the African slave trade, and contemporary global issues. 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 on my school's leadership team as department chairperson of the social studies department since 2009. I have served in mentoring capacities for the district's new social studies teachers and alternative certification participants. In addition, I have mentored teachers in the implementation of district writing initiatives, most specifically document-based question (DBQ) essay writing. I helped to establish and have co-sponsored Rho Kappa, my school's social studies honors society. Lastly, I have been involved with athletics at my school. I was the head boys cross country coach between 2002 and 2005. As of 2016 I have returned to coaching cross country, and am the head coach of the girls varsity team. I have been an assistant coach for the boys basketball team since 2003, and in this capacity I have coached freshman and junior varsity basketball teams, and have been a varsity assistant coach.This school year I will be teaching AP World History and AP European History. I will also serve as the head girls cross country coach and the assistant varsity boys basketball coach.
In World History my students and I utilize numerous practices to achieve the best results. My class encourages critical thinking in both small groups and in whole-class. We implement thinking maps and graphic organizers to organize student thinking and reasoning through complex concepts in World History. Those concepts are presented through essential questions and higher-order questions. In addition, students are taught and encouraged to use Cornell Notes in and out of class, so as to be used for studying historical concepts. Students are challenged with the reading of both primary and secondary sources. Students are taught to mark texts and use various reading strategies in order to comprehend and apply historical writing in their assignments. 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. All of these essays are historical argumentative essays, so students learn to state arguments and support their arguments with historical evidence and historical reasoning.
Ideally, students “celebrate” their success in my social studies classes by finding their niche in this world. In that respect, I think success in social studies can be found in both the short and long term. More immediately, I try to display exemplary student work as often as I can. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com.