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"My experience in high school geography was 'take out your colored pencils and stay inside the lines.' I didn't know what world geography was until I was a junior in college," Kirkland, a teacher at Maryville High School, said.
As he discovered what geography really meant, it soon became a passion.
"I try to get kids out "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" of the classroom. I can stand up there all day long and talk to them all day long, but if I can actually go show it to them, it makes it so much better, and then they retain it," Kirkland, 36, said.
He holds bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees from the University of Tennessee.
Although classes only began Aug. 1, students already are learning that his class won't be like many others.
Recently, Kirkland "Anabolika Definition" sent his Advanced Placement human geography students on a GPS hunt around Tren Delantero Ford F100 72 campus. The students were provided with coordinates and clues to discover hidden puzzle pieces around the Winstrol Como Se Usa school. They then had to figure out what the puzzle depicted.
The freshmen and sophomores raced around the campus in teams in pursuit of the clues. One "Anadrol 50" team climbed to the top of the school's bleachers, spotted the clue across the field and ran for it.
"That's great. That's exactly what I wanted to have happen," Kirkland said.
Back in the classroom, the students consulted globes, textbooks and maps to figure "Oxandrolone Powder India" out the location depicted in their puzzle. They hurried to Kirkland to whisper their guesses in his ear, each anxious to win the big prize for first place a jumbo sized candy bar.
"I thought it was really fun, but we had a little difficulty finding the correct Turinabol Roid Plus clues," sophomore Courtney Gale, 15, said.
This is her second year having Kirkland as a teacher. She was in his world geography class last year.
"I signed up for (this class) because I really liked him as a teacher," she said. "He has a different way of teaching than other teachers do, and I'm able to focus more when I'm listening to him and not tune him out."
She and Kirkland's other students will get out of the classroom even more this school year, including going on a walking tour of downtown Maryville to see how it has evolved. He organizes these small excursions whenever possible.
"It's not long field trips. We walk down there for an hour," he said. "If I'm talking about suburbs and housing, we'll go out to a neighborhood and just walk around and talk about what we see."
He said these outings are important as he tries to help students make real world connections with their coursework.
"A lot of the things we teach are so abstract. If we can get them to connect things to the real world, to what goes on in their lives, and if they remember it, that's huge," Kirkland said.
"One of the big things I get is parents will email me a lot and say 'We were driving through Downtown Maryville the other day and my child told me the history of this building.' And it's because we were right there in front of the building one day and they saw it and they connected."
He is considering starting a dinner club to expose students to different cultures through food, or to take a group of students to Greekfest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in September.
"I'm looking at getting experiences outside the classroom. That's what it all boils down to," Kirkland said.
In addition to teaching at Maryville High School, Kirkland teaches at Tusculum College.
"At Tusculum, I teach adults. They're so serious. That's "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" OK, but kids don't take things too seriously," he said. "I love these kids. They're a hoot to be around, and it's a new experience every day."