MR. MARTINUSEN

MR. MARTINUSEN

TEACHER/PERSONAL BIO

My name is David Martinusen. I am pleased to be the new 7th-grade teacher on campus. I am a member at Downey First Christian Church. I am currently enrolled in the “Masters of Education in Secondary Education: STEM” program at Grand Canyon University. My wife is an elementary school teacher. Our son graduated from TCS in 2012, and is a recent graduate from George Fox University. I am a volunteer Fire Lookout for the US Forest Service at Black Mountain Fire Lookout near Idyllwild, CA. My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, and Tenkara fly fishing. One of my favorite Bible verses is Jude 3 “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”

WELCOME TO 7TH GRADE!

WHAT IS IT LIKE IN 7TH GRADE AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?

My classroom environment is bright, colorful, and provides opportunities for cooperative learning and student interaction. Much of my day is devoted to teaching science, which is my passion. My classroom functions as a lab, in which I incorporate demonstrations, as well as lab and STEM activities for the students. I try my best to instill a love for inquiry and critical thinking by using hands-on activities in which all students can learn and thrive.

7TH GRADE EDUCATION

The beginning of our day starts with Bible. We use a curriculum manual, Route 66, in which the students survey the Bible from the beginning, in Genesis, and move through the Old Testament. This gives the student a better understanding of how the different books of the Bible fit together to present a cohesive picture of creation, the fall of man, and God’s redemptive plan of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

During language arts, we study spelling, grammar, literature, and writing. We complete three novels during the school year, and work toward writing effective five-paragraph essays.

In middle school, we explore life, physical, and earth sciences with an emphasis on the scientific method, which includes a science project and participation in our annual science fair.