20 Questions with Mr. Bell

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20 Questions with Mr. Bell

Justin Guardado, Staff Writer

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SPHS English teacher Mr. Bell sat down with Fore N Aft teacher correspondent Justin Guardado and answered his 20 questions.

1.What is your name?

 Mr. Phillip Bell

2.What subject do you teach?

I teach English on the flagship campus.

3. What is one of your weaknesses, and how are you working to overcome it?

One of my weaknesses as an educator is caring too much for the kids’  education more than they do.

4. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?

One of the greatest challenges facing students today is earning their high school diploma. The requirements for graduation are much stiffer than they used to be for me.

5.What college did you go to?

I attended two colleges, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

6. Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I enjoy television, sports in particular ESPN , as well as Martial Arts.

7. What motivates you to work hard?

 My desire to see people succeed is motivation whether at home, church or school.

8. Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is a black poet named Langston Hughes

9. If you could go back in time to change one thing , what would it be?

 If I could go back in time I would go back to my sophomore year in college. I would’ve figured out a way to find more help so I would not have had to dropout at that particular time.

10. Is being smart the only way to succeed in life?

No I’ve found that success comes in variety of ways, but having some knowledge is one way that success can thrive. You can be successful academically, athletically, socially, financially. There are plenty of ways people can find success and it doesn’t always have to be about education.

11. Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?

I try and focus more on my weaknesses so I can turn them into my strengths.

12. How will you respond if or when a child struggles in class?

I have several ways that I try and attack an issue that a student has in class but the first one is to deal with the mind set. If the student is not excellence-minded, then I at least have the conversation to have them get the ball rolling and I would offer them tutoring which provide in class every Wednesday and Thursday at nutrition and lunch and then I offer them help during classroom time, or even with conversations with the parents to give advice and offer aid with language arts skills at home.

13. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

I follow the common core standards which are universal across the country,the main thing I guess for students to know is that they should feel secure that the teacher knows where they need to go to do their best and follow through with what the teacher asks of him or her, mainly assignments and protocol for classroom instructions.

14. How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?

That’s  a loaded question, but I try and inspire my students and so I guess the innovation comes from on simple statement I ask the kids to say everyday day “Graduation is my destination”.

15. How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?

I often ask my students to enter the door with an excellent mind and either show it or say it in some way and then maintain it during the classroom instruction time.

16. How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?

Well all of my assignments are given to make my students think, and it’s pretty parallel, with the writing in particular, they can’t just can’t be cookie cutters.

17. How do you measure academic progress?

The best way I measure academic progress is if a student moves either by grade or by percentage as long as the student is climbing up I see it as progress.

18. Do you discipline your children the same way you punish your students??


19. Do you agree with the school’s dress code policy?

To an extent.

20. Do you like teaching at San Pedro High School.

I do love teaching at SPHS because I know I can prepare these kids the right way.