We are proud to introduce our twenty-third Sunday Spotlight, featuring Bill Fishburn who is a Teacher in Menifee, California. Bill is passionate about history and enjoys sharing his passion with young people. He enjoys keeping his class entertained with his corny personality and jokes, uses digital assessment to prepare his students for the SBAC, and enjoys relaxing with his family in his free time. We hope you enjoy getting to know Bill!
William (Bill) Fishburn
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Bell Mountain Middle School
20 Years years working in education
“I love to open student’s eyes to new and exciting topics in my history class. Many students do not like history until they reach middle school. I also like having a captive audience for my wacky, corny personality and jokes.”
Get to know Bill Fishburn
What do you love about working in education? What motivates you?
I love to open student’s eyes to new and exciting topics in my history class. Many students do not like history until they reach middle school. I also like having a captive audience for my wacky, corny personality and jokes.
Why did you become a teacher?
I have a passion for history. I wanted to use my passion to inspire young people.
What is your “Edulastic story”?
I was looking for a way to test students like the SBAC. The rigor on basic t/f multiple choice tests doesn’t cut it anymore.
Describe your favorite Edulastic “aha” moment.
The moment I saw the vast amount of question types available. The live test session secured the deal. I instantly “ran” down the hall to spread the news about what I had found.
Sum up your teaching philosophy in a few sentences!
Keep students engaged and entertained!
Favorite motivational idea:
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
I always loved this quote. It is so true.
Favorite Edulastic question type?
Multiple answer. The most callenging to write are the two part questions.
Spring or Fall?
Best tactic for getting the class quiet?
Must- have classroom Decor:
Any history realia related to what you are teaching.
Favorite time of the school year and why:
The beginning. It’s a fresh start no matter how good or bad the previous year was.
Kindest compliment you have received from a student or teacher?
I became a teacher because of your class!
Funniest student moment?
I confiscated a a note that a student wrote to a girl he liked. On the note “Hi sweaty” Great teaching moment on the importance of spelling.
Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this past year:
Completing to different pilot programs in one semester.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Relaxing with my family.