#65 – End of the School Year, a Teacher’s Perspective

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6 April 2021

The end of the school year is around the corner and we have all become accustomed to this new normal.

In this episode, we speak with Jibin Park who shares how teachers have navigated the year, how his students have adjusted, and how they have mostly kept on their academic track through this most unusual year.

You’ll enjoy the honest conversation we have about baseball (he’s a Dodgers fan and I’m a Braves fan), my lack of understanding of economics, and, yes, education.

Jibin Park is an AP Economics instructor at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA. He served as an AP Economics Reader for the College Board from 2007-2012, and also completed a lecture series for AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Government on www.educator.com. He also teaches AP Economics and AP US History at IvyMax Academy in Irvine, California. In addition, Mr. Park is a contracted AP Economics tutor for hire on wyzant.com. Jibin holds an M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate University and completed graduate coursework in economics at Cal State Fullerton. He graduated with a degree in economics and government from Claremont McKenna College and pitched four years for the Claremont-Mudd Stags baseball team under Coach Randy Town.

Time Stamps:
0:55 – Intro
6:11- Jibin’s background
9:10 – Keeping seniors motivated on Zoom
11:32 – How students approach finals through remote learning
16:02 – Balancing personal/personal life as a Zoom teacher
18:33 – Decrease in parent engagement
21:54 – Academic performance steady/social interactions challenging
24:25 – Students’ secondary plans
28:30 – Praise for Los Altos HS and principal Jeff Hess
29:08 – Wyzant.com
34:33 – Differences in social interaction at the elementary and high school level
38:43 – Closing


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