Winter at Valley Forge

I never make my students do enough writing. Quick writes are such a great way to see if students understood the day’s material but repeatedly assigning quick writes can get boring. I needed students to learn a little bit about

Winter at Valley Forge

I never make my students do enough writing. Quick writes are such a great way to see if students understood the day’s material but repeatedly assigning quick writes can get boring. I needed students to learn a little bit about

Latitude and Longitude Game

I had the best social studies teachers all through my K-12 career. I credit those men (yea, they were all guys) with instilling in me a love of history as well as a desire to teach. In junior high, Mr.

Latitude and Longitude Game

I had the best social studies teachers all through my K-12 career. I credit those men (yea, they were all guys) with instilling in me a love of history as well as a desire to teach. In junior high, Mr.

Making it Happen

I did virtually everything I was supposed to do today, and I just have to tell someone. You, my online friends, are the chosen ones. 🙂 Student Learning Target: I can understand the three branches of the U.S. government and

Making it Happen

I did virtually everything I was supposed to do today, and I just have to tell someone. You, my online friends, are the chosen ones. 🙂 Student Learning Target: I can understand the three branches of the U.S. government and

Citizenship Project

I have a friend who is working to become an American citizen. Knowing Dean made me think more deeply about the government and citizenship unit I teach at school. In fact, I used a picture of Dean as an attention

Citizenship Project

I have a friend who is working to become an American citizen. Knowing Dean made me think more deeply about the government and citizenship unit I teach at school. In fact, I used a picture of Dean as an attention

Peer Feedback

After students complete a project, I always ask them to review their peers’ work. This is less stressful for them than standing up in front of the room to do a presentation (which also prevents Death-by-PowerPoint for me), it forces

Peer Feedback

After students complete a project, I always ask them to review their peers’ work. This is less stressful for them than standing up in front of the room to do a presentation (which also prevents Death-by-PowerPoint for me), it forces

The Constitutional Convention

I feel really good about how well I taught the Constitutional Convention this year, so I have to write it down! Busy, busy days cause me to forget quality lessons. 🙂 Day 1 Learning Target: I can understand content vocabulary. To

The Constitutional Convention

I feel really good about how well I taught the Constitutional Convention this year, so I have to write it down! Busy, busy days cause me to forget quality lessons. 🙂 Day 1 Learning Target: I can understand content vocabulary. To

1,000 Words

My curriculum covers about 300 years of American history. I get really excited for my Civil War unit because the camera has finally been invented, and I can show students real photographs of the time period. I really hadn’t given

1,000 Words

My curriculum covers about 300 years of American history. I get really excited for my Civil War unit because the camera has finally been invented, and I can show students real photographs of the time period. I really hadn’t given