Joshua Bocock has been a classroom teacher for 10 years. He spent one year at Nottoway High School in Crewe, Virginia but has now spent the rest of his time at Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, Virginia. Classes that he teaches include World History II, US/VA History, US Government, Sociology, Criminal Justice, 20th Century History, AP US History and AP European History. Joshua is a Lead Teacher for Magna Vista High School from 2008-2013 as well as Social Studies Department Chair for the 2014-2015 school year. At Warrior Tech, Joshua serves a dual role as a leader of the program and also as a facilitator to and is completing the Educational Leadership Certification.
GETTING TO KNOW JOSHUA
Looking back at your career, what is one thing that a parent, student or peer has said makes you unique as a teacher?
I am very student centered and driven.
When and why did you decide to become a teacher?
High school is when I first started to realize I found a passion in teaching.
What about teaching gives you the greatest fulfillment?
Seeing kids have success and getting them excited and engaged.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING JOURNEY
What is it about the personalized learning pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
Allowing kids to have the freedom to go where they want to take their learning. We do not have to be confined to the certain standards.
Can you tell us a story of a time that you persevered through a then-challenging situation which now serves as a great life lesson?
Coming into Warrior Tech, the greatest struggle for me was coming into this environment and taking a step back to let the students take the wheel.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators – just like you when you started your personalized learning journey. They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing. What are one to two key things they should focus on to ensure success?
Don’t worry. Just focus on the goal-to get the students deeper exposure to learning. You need to have fun and be creative as well.
Would you please share with our audience your “i am ME.” statements?
i am a teacher. i am a father. i am an innovator.