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Mapping the Columbian Exchange and Globalization – Mental Maps

December 23, 2014


I’ve found myself using mental maps with students quite more than I have in the past – asking them to visually represent a topic or idea we are working on in class.  There are some great digital tools to do this, however I’ve found that in a school that isn’t 1:1, students do best with making a […]

What Report Card Conferences Mean to me

December 7, 2013


Thinking back to my high school parent/teacher conferences I was filled with a mixture of dread and excitement as my parents went to school on those nights.  I would worry what my teachers would REALLY say about me to my parents and what they would find in my report cards and letters from teachers.  I […]

History is complicated; so is doing research on it

May 9, 2013


After writing this post I realized that I will need a part II to discuss how to build inquiry and scaffold actual research skills into a lesson; I’m hoping I can write that post later this week. Over the past year I have been experimenting with helping students use inquiry to do research.  In the […]

Un-official study hall

January 7, 2013


33 Juniors and I are breaking a school rule: students should either be in a class or in the cafeteria   Instead, we’re spending our lunch period in one of the 4 rooms I teach in. I don’t want to leave you in suspense, we won’t get in trouble.  In fact, most days there is a teacher ‘chaperoning’ these […]

Happy Birthday to me: 30 years of learning how to ask the right questions

December 23, 2012


I like asking questions better than I like getting answers. This may be due to the fact that the quality of the answer depends on the quality of the question. I’m much more interested in honing my questioning ability with the hopes that it will produce a good answer. Over the past 30 years I’ve […]

Embracing the struggle of PBL with new students is key

October 10, 2012


Freshmen World History students start out their Project Based Learning career the same way with me. Their first true project is an Oral History one – they have to write a ‘Family Biography’.  In order to do this, they ingage in  Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Creation and Reflection. It’s such a great way to start out the […]

Education should draw large circles, not small (pt. 2 – practical application-doing service)

August 18, 2012


Last week I wrote about some philosophical underpinnings I have about why I teach and some of the values I bring to my practice.  The post was titled, Education should draw large circles, not small (pt. 1- philosophical underpinnings).  I’ve also been thinking about how that can be applied to the classroom and school setting. […]