William D. Palmer
Secondary Social Studies (Economics, Geography, World History)
Phone: 507-423-5164 Ext. 1255
Best time to call: After school
I teach World History, World Geography, Economics, and a College Now course in Microeconomics for high school students. My other roles at Lakeview include serving as a class advisor and participating as a major Laker "fan in the stands" at our sports and music events.
I believe that what we do in our classrooms is important, but that how we do it just as important. What I mean is that the academic disciplines we help our students master, like Geography and Economics, are important, but that the skills we help our students master in order to learn these disciplines are every bit as important. The skills we practice in our classroom are skills our students will be relying on their entire lives. For instance, my students practice or learn to read for understanding; seek information from a variety of written, video, and digital sources; organize information they have learned from these different sources; share that information with others in writing and oral presentations; use that information to analyze problems and seek solutions to those problems; work with partners or groups; prioritize their efforts to meet deadlines; and recognize when they need to seek assistance to get the job done.
Students want to know that what we are learning and how we are learning are relevent to their lives. They want to know the answer to the usually unspoken question of "What is the point?" I try to answer that question as we begin each course and return to it regularly throughout the course. What we learn and how we learn should relate to their ability to be successful in shaping their own lives today and in the future.
What I do at Lakeview is in partnership with parents. We share a common goal of helping your daughter or son reach their greatest potential. We share a common goal of wanting to equip your daughter or son with the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to take charge of their own life and succeed!
If you are still reading, you are a true glutton for punishment, so my reward for your tenacity is to regale you with a brief background. I grew up in Marshall and knew Cottonwood as a good place to swim in a lake (before the middle of July) and the second town we drove through (after Green Valley) on our family's annual camping trek to the North Shore of Lake Superior. I graduated from St. John's University with a degree in History and then attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating with a J.D. degree. I proudly served in the U.S. Army, practicing law as an Army Judge Advocate for twenty years. During that time my family and I served in seven different states all around the U.S. and in Germany for two years. We retired from the Army in 2004 and returned to Marshall where I enrolled in SMSU to earn my Minnesota teaching license.
I have enjoyed being a member of the Lakeview educational team since April 2006. I look forward to working with you and your students. Don't ever hesitate to contact me about any aspect of my classes, other Lakeview activities, or your student's participation in my part of the Lakeview educational community.
"We must become the change we want to see."
Mohandas K. Ghandi