Hello everyone. My name is Paul Hutchison, and I am thrilled to serve as an educator here at Frenchtown. Currently, I teach 8th grade U.S. history and coach debate for the high school speech and debate team.
I earned my Montana Educator License with English and history endorsements through the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program at Montana State University. While pursuing my certification, I guest taught for over a year at both the Bozeman and Belgrade public school districts, teaching all subjects and grade levels. In an earlier life, I also guest taught for Columbus City Schools and the Southwestern City School District in central Ohio. In addition to guest teaching with these two districts, I worked part time as an elementary math tutor.
Originally from Ohio, I earned a dual bachelor degree in English and History from Ohio State University. As a committed Buckeye, I currently serve the district as neutral mediator in any Bobcat/Grizzly related dispute. I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, skiing, and just being outside and am consequently very glad to call Missoula, Montana my home.
U.S. History Grade 8: This course explores American history from the first human migration into the Americas to reconstruction of the United States after the Civil War. Students will learn about the core social, political, and economic forces that changed our nation from a fledging republic to a global superpower.
I will continue to provide educational services for my students during the COVID-19 school closure. My office hours during this time will be Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to noon. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom, and I will also post assignment instructions on Infinite Campus. Many assignments will involve readings and questions from the U.S. History Textbook. I will scan required readings from this text and post them online. However, students are encouraged to check out the textbook from my room. Students without internet access will be asked to pick up work packets - typically textbook reading assignments - on Friday and return them to the school the followng Friday in the library drop box. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my remote class.
SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS: Most of my online assignments use an app called Google Quizzes. There has been some confusion about verifying that students have submitted their assignments, so I would like to clarify things here. When a student finishes a quiz and clicks submit, if he or she sees a score, I have the results. The student won't be able to reopen the quiz and check to make sure it's in. He or she just needs to be confident that if a message appears with a score, I have it in a spreadsheet, and will eventually enter the grade into Infinite Campus. Please understand that with Google Quizzes, I don't get notifications as soon as students complete assignments, meaning I can't immediately enter grades into Infinite Campus (yet at least, I'm trying to learn a way around this). For now, know that I will update Infinite Campus when I access the results spreadsheet.
LIVE CLASS WEBCASTS: I will host live class webcasts Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 11:30 am using a platform called Google Hangouts. Students are required to either tune into these live classes or watch recorded versions of the lessons that I have posted on Google Classroom. I have posted the Hangouts link to my live class webcast on Google Classroom. If students are on a laptop and using a web browser, all they need to do is click on the link and join the class. Some students might want to tune into my classes using the Hangouts smartphone app. If this is the case, to join the class meetings, they need to download the app to their smartphone. They'll then be asked to enter a "Meeting Code." The meeting code for my class will always be: kwi-hemd-mhm. Additionally, students can even call into my classes using ANY phone. To do this, students will need to enter the following information. Dial-in: (US) +1 502-610-3102 PIN: 733 280 904#
Please tell your students to monitor Google Classroom for new assignments. If they haven't already, please have them download the Classroom App on their phones so that they get instant notifications every time I post something new.
If your students hate the textbook scans I've posted on Google Classroom and want a textbook, several are still stacked outside my classroom. Swing by the office and ask Mrs. Felton to grab you one.
Yours in health,