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This article does a good job at explaining the benefits of texting, and how you can use it in your classroom to help your students.
The article discusses how it helps with oral communication, they may write more quickly, and it may help with grammar. Also, the article discusses how to use it in the classroom with telling a story through text, turning texting into notetaking, and other ideas.
John Marshall Teacher of the Year Award
- Nomination forms are available online.
- Nomination packets must be postmarked by Friday, March 27, 2015.
- Awards will be presented on May 1, 2015 (Law Day) in Richmond, Virginia.
SOL Public Hearings
The Virginia Board of Education has selected five historic locations for a series of public hearings on proposed revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL). The standards – which were last revised in 2008 – describe the knowledge and skills students are expected to master in the subject area by the end of each grade or course.
“From Jamestown, to the Revolution, the Civil War, Emancipation and the Civil Rights Movement, Virginia and Virginians have been at the center of our national story,” said Board of Education President Christian N. Braunlich. “The board is conducting these hearings at some of the commonwealth’s premier historic sites to underscore its commitment to quality instruction in history, geography, economics and civics that prepares students to think critically about who we are as Americans and Virginians.”
The nearest location to us is on January 6, at Virginia Union University, 1500 North Lombardy Street, Richmond.
Each public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Registration of speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will have three minutes to address the board and are encouraged to bring a copy of their comments.
The proposed revised History and Social Science is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.
Instructional Planner: More on A, U, and T and Unpacking
Acquire, Understand, and TransferIn an effort to make the Instructional Planners easier to complete, I wanted to highlight this Blooms Chart to help you create Driving Questions. Since Blooms drives the Planner, this chart can help you create good driving questions.
The first column, Red, would be your Acquire column. The second and third, Yellows, would be your Understand column. The last three, green, purple, and blue, would be your transfer column.
Unpacking the Curriculum
Since most of us are using the Google Doc version of the Instructional Planner now, I've transferred the unpacking chart for Stage 1 into a Google Doc chart. Click here to see all the possible charts for SOL classes. The document is my Google Folder for Instructional Planner materials, all found in the Google Group.
Top use it:
- Know which SOLs you are including in the Instructional Planner and know which verbs from the Standard and Column 4 you need
- Copy the correct chart into your Instructional Planner
- Delete the verbs you don't need
The chart has been updated since the Word version. So if you're using the Word template of the Instructional Planner, it will differ. After getting feedback, I added all the verbs found in the "skills" SOL and found a few from the rest of the standards that I overlooked.
Twitter, Your Best Source for Everything: UPDATED
Last Monday, I participated in my first #sschat on Twitter for a long time. I forgot how great they are for learning. They are each Monday night at 7pm. Just log in to Twitter and search on #sschat.
If you've never done one, here's how it works:
- Someone has been designated as the moderator. Last night, it was someone from iCivics.
- They will first introduce themselves and ask others to do the same.
- Then they'll ask the first questions, each night is usually 4 or 5 questions. So you'll see, Q1 ... and the question...
- Those in the chat will respond with A1 #sschat and then give an answer. If you're on the #sschat search page, all you'll see are answers. The rest of the Twitter world is filtered out.
- You'll see answers from around the world. Some are ok, but others will inspire you. If that happens, "favorite it" or retweet it.
- Soon, you'll see that someone will have done that to one of your responses.
- Then after about 10 minutes, Question 2 will pop up
This is a great way to meet new teachers from around the world. The connections you can make are invaluable. It's free PD, done at home, and you can even do it while your spouse thinks you're listening to them (shhh!)
Below, you can actually see the whole conversation.
UPDATED: I'll be hosting a #sschat night on Dec. 15 at 7pm. All are welcome.
Skyping the Slave Trade
A collaborative education project, Mapping the American Slave Trade will bring students from the Richmond and New Orleans areas together to learn about the interstate slave trade in America from many different perspectives. Students will receive a set of primary sources from the Library of Virginia (LVA) and The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) and work together using a digital platform. Three to four high school teachers and their classes from high schools in both areas will collaborate on the project during the spring 2015 semester. Classes from Richmond will be paired with partner classes from New Orleans, and the students will research and write context for primary source documents that highlight the interstate slave trade. The classes will showcase their work on an interactive online map.
If you're interested, more information is here.
Causes Won and Lost: The End of the Civil War
For more information, click here.
It's all day long, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at UVA
Sam is a second generation Japanese American, who with his family was forced to move into an internment camp in northern Wyoming after the United States entered World War II. Sam’s 90 minute presentation at the Virginia Holocaust Museum will give visitors the opportunity to hear how discrimination and intolerance affected his life. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Sam questions after his presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Middle and High School students are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Bill of Rights Institute
Join the Bill of Rights Institute for five days of enriching professional development in Washington, D.C. This program will give attendees the opportunity to read and discuss the primary source documents surrounding the Constitutional Conference. Attending teachers will participate in scholar-lead round table discussions as well as visit historic sites in the area.
Eligibility: Social Studies teachers of grades 7-12.
They have two programs:
- Lodging, transportation during the program, and most meals will be covered by the Institute.
- A $400 travel stipend will be provided at the conclusion of the program.
- Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the program sites.
- All applicants must complete the online application form.
- Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted to the program by mid-April.
- All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on March 15, 2015. For questions, please contact: events@BillofRightsInstitute.org
Echoes and Reflections
At the end of the day, each teacher will receive a 10 lesson curriculum book from Echoes and Reflections, a $99 value.
There is limited seating for this and teachers from Chesterfield, Hanover, Richmond, and Powhatan have been invited.
Be a Historian!
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is pleased to announce Hidden in Plain Sight, an asynchronous, online U.S. history course for teachers. The course was developed with funding from the Virginia Department of Education.
Participants in this course work through eight modules. Requirements in each module include writing a hypothesis, exploring historical context, and reflecting on classroom applications. The cost is $40.
Register by January 16, 2015
See Freedom Speak
High School Student Seminars (by online registration only, two students and one teacher per school) – Day-long instructional activity for students and teachers to gain accurate knowledge, discuss events and engage in conversations with people who were present at history changing events in America. Free.
February 4 (Wednesday) - Vietnam - Lessons Learned
Guest Speaker: BG John “Jack” W. Nicholson, USA (Ret.) – former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission and Vietnam Silver Star Recipient
March 18 (Wednesday) - World War II Round table
Guest Speaker: Peter Bacque - Army veteran and Staff Writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch along with WW II veterans
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
Free History Reader
The readings include US and World History and use primary and secondary sources.
Each begins with an essential question and students then use historical thinking skills to learn about the issues.
This is his second book, the first one is here.
More Timeline Tools
With it, students can create interactive timelines that use images and video. It's easy for the teacher to create a class page, where all the student timelines can be housed. You can also create quizzes inside them. Once you have access, you can see professionally made timelines, those made by other members, your student timelines, and ones you've made.
Here's a sample about Sherman's March to the Sea. You have to register to see it.
World History I and II Online Textbook
APUSH Redesign: Great Site
From Ken Halla:
Rebecca Richardson has created a tremendous website which she uses with her APUSH students. It has readings, lectures, PowerPoints, word walls, chapter summaries, writing activities and strategies to deal with the new APUSH exam. A great resource for the AP US History class. Check it out.
PDF Maps at your Fingertips
Just go to the Software Center and download... easy. These are maps for:
- 6th grade US History
- 7th grade US History
- World History 1
- World History 2
- US History
Students can also download these maps. once downloaded, you won't need the Internet. You can also print them out or use them on your Smart Board.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2014 - 2015: Teachers- 4 and Me- 5
Last Week: Nobody guessed last week: Which icon is this: 555, 897, 1848, 1888, 2011 and what does each number represent?
Answer is: The Washington Monument.
This week: What was my 3rd question? #sschat
TeacherFit: BIGGEST LOSER
For the Christmas season, from Dec 26 to March 27, I'd like to invite everyone for a BIGGEST LOSER challenge. It will be a $10 event, winner and second place get the prize money. You'll start off with your starting weight, and then each week you'll weigh in and let me know. I'll also post weekly updates showing everyone's progress (you'll be a number only you know). If you're interested, fill out this form. We'll start when the Christmas Break begins.