Category Archive: Course 1

Apr 09

4th Quarter Rush

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When 4th quarter hits, it is always a rush for me to cover all the material I need to before my students take their AP US History exam.  This school year, our High School shifted to a semi-block schedule and for most of the year I seemed to be on track to where I was …

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Mar 26

Down to the Essentials

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Yesterday, I attended a session entitled “Finding More Time in the Classroom”.  At last year’s EARCOS conference, I had attended sessions presented by Jeff Utecht but as my school is moving closer to having 1-2-1 laptops for the high school, his session are beginning to have more meaning for me.  With the availability of lap tops …

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Mar 25

“….Involve Me and I will Understand”

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“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember.  Involve me and I will understand.”  ~Confucius Carl Hobert, founder of Axis of Hope, inspires student to learn conflict resolution skills through role-play activities.  In his course, Educating Global Citizens, Hobert takes a small group of college students and guides them through current …

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Mar 24

From Robots to Researches

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Something that pains me about teaching APUSH, or any history class really, is that too often the class can get trapped in learning and repeating names and dates. Thus, causing students to turn into either fact-spitting robots or history-hating zombies.  The issues is how to I cover content, but still make history interesting? How do …

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Mar 24

After the Blow: Recovery In Japan

On this coming Monday, I am scheduled to lead my US History students through a whirl wind tour of the military campaigns of World War II–culminating at President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan.  With the resent events in Japan, I had a bit of concern on how I would address the …

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Mar 24

Let Boys Be Boys

I am never very enthused about attending an 8 am conference session, and truthfully I was not very excited about sitting through a keynote address while a tropical paradise lay just beyond the doorstep.  Yet, I bucked up and turned my attention toward the start of the 2011 EARCOS conference, and I found myself to …

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