Today I'm presenting at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Annual Educators Conference. The session is from 3-4pm in Carolina C room. Here's the session description and slide deck. Primary sources allow students the opportunity to "do" history and can be rich wells of inspiration for writing in Language Arts. Primary source analysis … Continue reading NCAIS 2014 Presentation
As part of 8th grade US History, I ask students to set goals for the year. (The goals sheet also turns into a faux certificate for 8th grade Celebration practice at the end of the year.) In the past this lesson has been a little meh. I was happy with the change I made to … Continue reading Goal Setting with Ben Franklin
Today was the final day of the LoC STI. It has been a fantastic week. I'm truly sad to part company with the other participants and facilitators. As a culminating activity, we presented the primary sources activity plan that we had created in a sort of speed learning format. It was incredible to hear just … Continue reading Last Day of LoC STI
A quick post composed mostly of pictures tonight because I still need to write up my activity plan to share at our gallery walk tomorrow.
One of the afternoon sessions at the LoC STI today focused on the question focused on how to chose which primary sources you use in a lesson. This led to some interesting conversations about considerations related to required background knowledge for interpretation, reading levels, and the desired role of the primary source in the lesson. … Continue reading Making Choices About Primary Sources
Day 1 of the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute has wrapped up. A few quick reflections... I've got a few pages left in John Dewey's Experience and Education. In it, he says, "teachers need to plan intelligently, considering the capacities, needs, and past experiences" of their students. Design of learning is so important in both … Continue reading LoC STI Day 1
I received an email last night notifying me that I'd been accepted to the Library of Congress's Summer Teacher Institute. The STI focuses on helping teachers develop lessons based on the primary sources available in the LoC's collection. I am super-excited about the opportunity, both for the work we'll do at the STI and the … Continue reading Primary Sources