Name: Mr. Kevin Cronin
School: Middle School
Grade: 6 - Math & Science
Q: How long have you been a teacher? Have you taught elsewhere (besides WCSD)?
A: This year marks my thirty-fifth year of classroom teaching. I've spent the last thirty years in Washingtonville. Prior to that I taught in Catholic Schools.
Q: What is something you enjoy doing (when you are not teaching)?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family, working out, playing music, and watching sports - particularly baseball.
Q: This year, what is something you will be teaching that has always been fun or a topic that your class has always enjoyed in the past?
A: In past Math classes students seemed to like geometry. I suspect the same for the classes this year. Students enjoy the problem solving aspect and the drawings of the geometric shapes. In Science, students always like using their Chromebooks to deepen their research into the various topics we tackle, such as researching information on animals and rocks & minerals. They also greatly enjoy hands-on activities such as stacking cubes until they topple, and bouncing a tennis ball and measuring the height of each bounce. We use the Scientific Method in these activities to help build logic and reasoning skills.
Q: How are you using technology in your classroom this year?
A: I request that my classes use the Chromebook to research information in Science. We can get up-to-date news, such as the small earthquake that happened in Delaware on November 30th, or the Supermoon that illuminated the sky in the early morning hours of December 4th. Can't find that in a text! Also, in Math, there are many wonderful and competent videos online that can help students to understand how to solve problems. For example, on YouTube, there are terrific videos on how to solve equations. I ask my students to watch these videos from time to time so they can get another version of what I am teaching them. It's good for students to get information from more than one source.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
A: My mother and father were excellent role models because they supported me in all good endeavors that I pursued. They pushed me to be a better person, helped me realize that life is not supposed to be easy, and gave me a platform to express myself through sports and my music. I'll always be grateful for that!!!
Q: Anything else you would like your students to know about you?
A: I'd like to say "hello" to each of my terrific students and to encourage them to think independently and be productive in life. This will help you to be accountable for yourself. Also, it is vitally important to show kindness and respect to others no matter who they are. Did you know that you can make somebody's day by showing kindness and respect?! :)
Q: What advice would you give to your students to remember after they have graduated High School?
A: Go out into the world open-minded, open-hearted, and make it a better place to live in. Do this through your work and your daily living. Look people in the eye when you talk to them. Shake their hand and actively listen to them. You'd be surprised how much intelligence and good there is in people when you get to know them a little bit better. Lastly, seek your dreams and aspirations and live productively with a positive attitude.