Mr. Herdade’s Class Page

Welcome to my webpage and thank you for visiting. I am Joe Herdade, one of the social studies teachers at Newburg High School. I have enjoyed the privilege of teaching the students of this district for the past 10 years. Newburg has a great community of families and I am blessed to be part of it.


Weekly Update 

Week of: 4-8 February 2019

Welcome to the post-Superbowl week of school! This is a test-heavy week, and I expect you to use your study guides to get ready for a round of tests.
Geography: This week focuses on human geography in Chapter 5: basic human populations, cultures, languages and religions.
Government:This week focuses on student group preparation for Congressional hearings, using the following topics: First and Fourth Amendment protections, Federalism and presidential power over the years.
American History: This week, we focus on the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Chapters 13-14 in our books. We will watch a documentary on the Roaring Twenties, followed by class lectures on the causes and effects of the Great Depression.


About Me: I grew up in New Hampshire, just North of Boston, Massachusetts, so I am a Boston or New England Fan in most sports. Please don’t hold this against me! I spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, and my final assignment was an Army ROTC instructor at the University of Missouri, Rolla. My wife and I liked this area so much, we decided to stay here after my retirement. Having developed a passion for teaching, I pursued an Education Certificate so I could teach high school social studies. Once I completed my student teaching requirements, Mr. Guffey offered me a job at Newburg. Having been impressed by his leadership and by the school’s character during my student observation course at Newburg years earlier, I eagerly accepted the offered position and have been thankful ever since. My wife Sarah and I have four school-age children: Jackson, Brooklyn, Maxwell and Natalie. We live in Rolla.
My Philosophy:
  • Treat others the way I want to be treated.
  • Tell the truth.
  • The effective range of an excuse is zero meters.
  • I am not the smartest person in the room, so be willing to share your opinion.
  • Be prepared to be treated “unfairly” without whining.
  • Pick Death Ground carefully. Don’t fight battles you know you won’t win.
  • Figure out what’s wrong on the battlefield and fix it.
  • Take the consequences for your mistakes.
  • You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.
My Expectations for Students:
  • Students who are prepared and equipped to learn each day
  • Students who want to succeed
  • Students who take responsibility for their own actions
  • Students who ask questions when they need more information
My Expectations for Myself:
  • I will always be prepared to teach
  • I will push all students to succeed
  • I will provide clear academic and classroom standards
  • I will maintain a well-ordered classroom conducive to learning
  • I will not be content with my own skills, but will strive to improve
  • I will give prompt feedback to students on assignments
My Teaching Philosophy:
  • I demand effort from students and give them some rigorous assignments.
  • I strive to teach students to think critically. In other words, I don’t want them to merely learn facts from me and repeat them back to me on a test. I want them to analyze information and develop their own arguments based on that information rather than expect me to tell them the “right” answer.
  • I expect students to do more than learn a definition of a term or principle. I expect them to be able to recognize principles when they see them in action or apply them to new situations.
  • I expect students to analyze problems related to social studies, and identify ways to solve those problems.
  • I expect students to develop an understanding of causes and effects of events and actions.
  • I expect students to write effectively by constructing logical paragraphs and using correct grammar and punctuation. I will reward honest effort in this area, even if it includes mistakes, but will not reward written work that shows little effort.
  • I rarely give any homework; nearly every assignment I give will include plenty of class time to get it done. If a student has homework from me, it’s either because the student missed the class in which we did the assignment or that the student failed to complete it in the time given.
  • I give extra credit opportunities occasionally throughout the semester, and build them in to every test as well. I also allow students to correct and resubmit incorrect answers on tests for partial credit. Therefore, I will not give extra credit to students just because they have put themselves into academic trouble.
  • I expect students to do honest work. Students who cheat will earn a grade of “0” for that assignment or test. I will treat students who allow others to cheat from them as cheaters also.
A Final Thought about StudentsAll people are valuable to their Creator, including our students, so I will treat them as valuable and worthy of respect. I recognize that each student is unique, with his or her own personality, strengths, passions and goals. I will do my best to foster a positive individual relationship with each one of them, and assist them to develop their talents and achieve their goals.
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