Category Archive: Course 3

Oct 24

Story Mapping the American Civil War

For my Civil War Unit this year, my hope is to have students engage with the material to a deeper level.  They will be researching the big events and leaders, and judging their significance.  Leaving me more time to cover points of the Civil War that are not always in the textbook.  My plans start …

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Oct 21

Show me a Story

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Digital story telling is a wonderful asset to a history class!  Over the past few weeks, my students have shared what they have learned through a number of story telling methods. We’ve used Pages (which was turned into PDF stories when the macbooks wouldn’t read epubs), bookr, and Google presentations. 1st Attempt: Pages to Epub, …

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Oct 21

Poignant Presentations

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My Classroom Presentation Philosophy Being a history teacher, at times I have to heavily rely on the “lecture”.  I hate to do it, but sometimes its the only way to get the students to fully grasp the material in the time allotted.  I’d love to dig into every concept via inquiry learning or engaging activities, …

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Oct 19

Hysterical History

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As a teacher of AP US History, it need to introduce my students to a number of different skills.  One of my favorite skills to teach is how to interpret a political cartoon.  It is amazing how much you can learn about history and politics through looking at pictures, you just need to know what …

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Sep 25

Ringing in the New Year


This year brings another first to my teaching career; we are now 7 weeks into our 1-2-1 program in the high school.  With every student having a computer with them during class time, my teaching strategies and lesson content have had to adapt–again.  Isn’t always that way with teaching?  Once you get comfortable with your …

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