Hi, I’m Larry Linebaugh, a licensed elementary special education teacher in Salem, Oregon. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a major in Sociology and again in 2009 with a masters in elementary Special Education. I have a long history in education, teaching elementary, middle, and high school students as a basketball coach, volunteer, instructional assistant, special education teacher, PE teacher, and youth mentor.
I began this site for a few reasons, but the main one is to help me become a great teacher. Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book, Outliers, in which he describes the 10,000 hour rule. He suggests it takes 10,000 hours (about 10 years) of working, practicing, and learning about one skill to master it. That means, it takes at least 10 years of busting your butt to become great in something you want to do.
He convinced me, I want to be a great teacher. I plan to use this blog as a way to engage myself, create a living document my learning, and share with you on my journey.