The Challenge of Teaching History

Coming soon: Thoughts on

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/08/history-education-post-truth-america/566657/

and

Teaching Hard History

 

 

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Digital Curation

I love this idea from Jennifer Gonzalez at The Cult of Pedagogy!  She proposes that we ask our students to curate in order to increase higher order thinking skills.  She provided a sample of an online museum (of sorts) at eLink where students could curate a collection of resources around one of the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.  This is a lesson that I could definitely incorporate this year!  Here is the sample she provided of a curated collection regarding free speech.Read More »

TeachShift!

Though my TeachShift! class ended more than a week ago, I’m still mentally digesting everything that was presented, discussed, and shared.  I could probably spend another week just reviewing it all (and maybe I will – after this week’s AP Summer Institute…).

I like the idea of using this blog really as a space for me to process my new learning and to reflect on my teaching.  In that spirit, some further thoughts on TeachShift! and Passion-Driven Teaching:Read More »

A Reflection on Passion-Driven Teaching

One of the ideas that really stuck with me from last week was the Newkirk selection from Embarrassment and the Emotional Underlife of Learning.

I’m in third grade and it’s the end of the school day.  The teacher, Mrs. Sczymala, is going through reminders about the next day of school and I think to myself VERY excitedly, “Gym’s tomorrow!”  (Doesn’t every kid in elementary school love gym??!)  In fact, I was so excited that for no explainable reason and so lost in excitement, I yelled that out – “GYM’S TOMORROW!”  I was so embarrassed and immediately wanted to hide, like a turtle in a shell.  I don’t remember what, if anything, my teacher or classmates said.  After my outburst, the teacher continued for a few more minutes and the school day came to an end.Read More »

A Lesson in Emojis

This was an idea I heard about from other teachers in an online teacher community.  To open a unit where students would be learning about the Bill of Rights, I asked them to read the amendments, to try to make sense of what they mean… and then to represent them with emojis!  This was really meant to serve as a chance for THEM to make meaning on their own and was just a quick, 10-15 minute introduction to the unit.

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