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Hiroo Onoda’s Scrapbook – Practicing POV and Chronolization

April 8, 2015


This week in WHAP students are reading about Nation Building in east Asia and the Pacific rim post WWII.  In addition to the chapter reading, students read about Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who did not surrender his post in the Philopines during WWII until 29 years after the official end.  The NY times article (found […]

Harkness Discussion of Just War Theory and the World Wars

March 12, 2015


This past week in AP World History I introduced the concept of Just War Theory to the class as we explored Period 6 of the AP World History Curriculum.  Specifically, themes surrounding WWI and WWII.  Students engaged in a Harkness style discussion applying Just War Theory concepts to WWI and WWII.  To prep, I gave them a […]

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 […]

Wrapping my mind around the Socratic Method

September 24, 2013


I’ve always struggled with using (and participating in) the Socratic Method.  It’s alluring because it relies on inquiry and discussion where the people participating must use question and answer to get at ideas and critically examine thoughts.  These are really great skills and tools in any environment.  Inquiry, critical thinking, discussion.  All area aspects to […]

Some thoughts on Homework (and rubrics)

May 25, 2013


The role of homework is always elusive to me: it has so many roles and you really need to be careful about what the purpose of each assignment really is.  For example, homework can be used as practice time, study time, reflective time, prep-ing time for the next class and even for down-time.  Then the issue of […]

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 […]

Rubrics can really rock

March 31, 2013


Over the past few years I have embraced rubrics more and more.  There is alot of stress for me when it comes to grading an assignment for so many different reasons; rubrics help reduce it for me, and I’m sure, also reduces the stress for students as well.  In the best case scenario, they have […]