10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 834-8551
(818) 896-7996

“The best teachers are those who tell you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” Alexandra K. Trenfor

My name is Edgar Maldonado, and I am in my 6th year here at beautiful Mary Immaculate School.  I began my teaching career as a Special Education Assistant at an elementary school in the LAUSD. Then, I moved on to being a substitute teacher at an LAUSD high school, before being hired as Head Baseball Coach and Algebra and Geometry teacher at a public high school. After 8 years in the public school system, I wanted to come home, back to a private Catholic school environment.

Currently, I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher, as well as the Math and Science teacher to our 6th-8th graders.

What we do in 7th grade:

Math
• The Number System
• Ratios and Proportional Relationships
• Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
• Geometry
• Statistics
• Probability

English
• Enable children to master Grammar through direct instructions, rigorous practice, written application, and on-going assessment.
• Guide children to experience, explore, and improve their writing through the study of writing genres.
• Improve children’s writing skills through the implementation of the writing process.
• Give children speaking and writing practice, and the tools they need they need to communicate with clarity, accuracy, and confidence.
• Provide children with opportunities to use technology as a means to research, take notes, assess, apply news skills, and communicate inside and outside the school setting, orally and in written form.

Vocabulary
• Engage students in learning new vocabulary using card activities/games.
• Provide activities to close the comprehension gap between struggling and proficient readers.
• Use appropriate instructional materials for auditory and tactile learners.
• Promote active learning using graphic organizers and engaging students in activities based on test results.
• Use online memory word games to make vocabulary instruction fun and exciting for students.
• Promote collaborative and cooperative learning activities to enhance learning.

Science
• Interactions in the Living World
• Life’s Diversity
• Ecology
• The human body

Social Studies
• Explain how major events are related to one another in time.
• Show/construct timeline of events, people, and periods of the historical eras they are studying.
• Use a variety of maps, documents, including google maps to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries.
• Distinguish relevant from irrelevant information, facts from opinion, historical points of view from historical facts, primary from secondary sources, and verifiable from unverifiable information.
• Understand and distinguish cause, effect, sequence, and correlation to historical events.
• Recognize the role of chance, oversight, error in history, and are subject to change as soon as new information is uncovered.

As a high school teacher I used to wonder why there was such a disparity in the skills that my students displayed, and what I truly could do about it.  I decided to deal with the problem head on, and teach middle school to prepare our students for high school. It is a decision that I have yet to regret.