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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Strategies for purpose and structure to student research

March 6, 2013


Research, true research, is really tough for so many reasons.  Often, students complain how confusing, hard and annoying the process is.  Many students are ok at looking up a discrete piece of information; like say, a date or an event and finding salient facts about it (historical ID anyone?). But that’s not research. Doing research […]

Managing Student Progress on Projects

February 28, 2013


For the past 4 years I have been trying to figure out ways to help students take ownership of their projects and keep track of the progress while doing them.  From a teacher’s perspective, it’s hard to keep track of what each student did each day and give them feedback on their progress.  At the […]