“Time” with Mr. Gribble

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…

While some students find math boring, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry with Mr. Gribble, a first-year math teacher at UHS, are always interesting. Mr. Gribble student-taught last year with Mr. Callesen, a now retired UHS math teacher, and says that one of the most important lessons he learned from him is that 6 x 6 x 6 = 216.  (The hidden meaning behind this math expression remains a mystery.)  Mr. Gribble’s favorite math topic is vectors because he believes that they are extremely applicable to the physical world. For instance, vectors can be used when building columns, beams, and other parts of a structure. One part of being a first-year teacher that he finds challenging has been adjusting to the varying sets of background knowledge that UHS students come equipped with from their middle schools.

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines…

It is inevitable that, at some point along the way, students are going to become confused  with the material. However, with an effective teacher, students can overcome their difficulty with a subject and truly understand the lesson. In a typical day in Algebra 2, students start the period by checking their homework with the answers projected onto the board. If they have questions, Mr. Gribble will have students work out difficult problems on the whiteboard to help the rest of the class understand. This way, students who don’t understand the material aren’t left behind to fend for themselves.

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way…

Mr. Gribble hasn’t always wanted to be a teacher. Before teaching at UHS, Mr. Gribble also had interest in engineering and computers. Much of his curiosity towards engineering was inspired by the Discovery Channel. Mr. Gribble went to Santiago High School in Corona, California, where his wife and he became friends. He graduated as the salutatorian (second) in his class of 820 students, and his wife graduated valedictorian. She teases him about this on occasion. When compared to UHS, however, he states that Santiago was nowhere near as challenging. His favorite teacher was his physics teacher, Mr. Campbell. Mr. Gribble recalls that Mr. Campbell was charismatic and enthusiastic about what he taught, and that he made class exciting. Mr. Gribble considers himself to have been somewhat of a nerd in high school; he took all honors or AP classes. He then went to California State Polytechnic University Pomona (often referred to as Cal Poly) and majored in Civil Engineering. One important part of his college experience was how much he learned, specifically “to always think critically and to consider others’ perspectives.”

Thought I’d something more to say…

While Mr. Gribble enjoys teaching math, he has many hobbies outside of school. He loves hiking and other ways of staying fit. Contrary to popular belief in his fifth period Algebra 2 class, the fact that he often wears golf polo shirts doesn’t mean that he actually plays golf on a regular basis. When he isn’t teaching or exercising, he relaxes by playing video games and watching television.The top item on his bucket list is singing karaoke in front of a live band. He is looking forward to being in charge of the UHS Math Club. Last year, the club placed twelfth in the nation at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention in New York. His favorite book is The Phantom Tollbooth, and his favorite band is Pink Floyd, specifically their song “Time.”

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