The Digital Broadside
News You Can Use
In Defense of Good Lecturing
In a nutshell, the author admits that there is good and bad lecturing. He talks about 4 types of lectures:
- Interactive Lecture
- Problem Centered Lecture
- Comparison Lecture Method
- Thesis-Driven Lecture
National History Bee
It does cost $150 for a school, so maybe the PTA can help. To see what it does, click the video below.
Liberty in North Korea
Check out the video below for what you might see. If interested, let me know. They will be in Richmond Oct. 9 and 10.
Senate Youth Program
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 7 – 14, 2015. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. For more info, click here. Applications are due:
VIRGINIA [September 26, 2014]
Ms. Christonya Brown
History, Social Sciences Specialist
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Old and New Requirements
As for Student Growth Measures, everything is ready for you in the Google Group to download and use. Please give these pre-tests ASAP! It helps you in the long run.
Also, please do not use tests that say 2013-2014 on them.
Please ask if you have any questions.
- Use your henrico.k12.va.us log in to join
- Use Chrome, not Internet Explorer
- Create a Google + account before joining the group
EASIER WAY to change NOTIFICATIONS: The little bell doesn't seem to be doing the trick. When you're in Google + , you'll notice on the left a HOME BUTTON. Click that. At the bottom is SETTINGS. Click that. Scroll a bit until you see RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS. Change the settings from there.
First Freedom Center Essay Contest
Students must register by November 17, 2014.
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.
October 17 (Friday) – Global War on Terrorism - Four Days at the Pentagon
Guest Speaker: Author Major Dan Pantaleo, USMC (Ret.)
(Click here for more information and to register)
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
Virginia Social Studies Conference
This year's statewide Social Studies conference will be held in the Sheraton Hotel in Tyson's Corner. It will be October 24 and 25. To attend, check with your school building administration. Last year it was in Roanoke, so not a lot of people were able to attend. Hopefully, more people will this year.
Virginia Historical Society
Registration has started and the first class begins Sept. 24.
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
More APUSH Redesign and AP Gov Videos
He also has videos for AP Government. Check out the videos below.
APUSH and Gilder Lehrman
Making YouTube Better
Zaption also keeps student data so you can see how well your students did on the questions.
This can probably be a tool students use for class projects. Here's an example of one I made for Constitution Day.
Create Critical Readers #rigor
To access the one I created, sign up as a student, and then use class code eea03 to sign in. That's how kids would join your class. Once you're in, you'll see the reading assignment. Just answer the questions while you read.
Blending Your Class
I forgot to mention: This website also have activities in it that you can use right away. Super easy....
If you teach government, you want to use this site.
Student Growth Measures Chart
Copying and pasting into Excel or Word is pretty easy from Power School, so you may find a whole bunch of ways to save yourself time with rosters by doing this trick.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2014 - 2015: Teachers- 2 and Me- 0
This week: Which member of a current day basketball team helped defeat the Soviet Union?
Last week: Who is this:
- Mysterious Death
- Spoke alongside Frederick Douglass
Answered by William Berry at Moody, the answer was Solomon Northrup.
History in the News
- Things are definitely heating up around the world. Between the crisis in Ukraine and ISIS/ISIL, President Obama has his hands full. I think it would be important for teachers to talk about these events in class, especially in anyway that related to the content. Geography is often an early topic in class, so one can discuss the problems of shifting borders or ethnic differences, and how politics plays a part in this. Here is a CNN article on who ISIS is, and a primer on Ukraine.
TestTube: A Daily News Channel for Students
Untrammeled: Americans and the Wilderness by BackStory
So let's take my journey. I decided on running. Why? I could start for free... basically. Since I had shoes, shirts, and shorts, I could run. Anywhere. Since then, I've dropped a few Benjamins on my running gear, but it's been worth it.
So here's how you can start running, stay motivated, and make it fun:
- If you've never run, go for a walk. Today. Really... it's nice outside.
- You can start with just about anything in your house, but you'll probably want to get a nice pair of running shoes. I'd suggest going to a running store and have them measure your foot and look at your stride. Seriously, you'll be amazed at the information they can tell you about how you run, the width of your foot, etc...
- Find a support group. You can join training teams, but you can also find groups on Facebook and Pinterest to help you get started. There are 1000s of people out there who get very excited when someone starts running.... Tell me! I'll be just as excited for you.
- Here's a training program that works very well. It's called "Couch to 5k." It builds you up so you can run a 5k.
- Enter into a 5k! Once you drop $30 on a race, you'll be more motivated to keep going out there. Most 5ks are charitable, so you're bound to find one that you'd like to donate to.
- Brag about running. Most people will think you're crazy for running more than a mile, and once someone calls you crazy for that, you'll want to run 2 miles.
- It's flexible. You don't have to wait for a gym to open, or drive to a gym. Just open your front door whenever you're awake.
- Keep data! It's fun to see your growth over time and helps get other people motivating you. There are apps like Nike+, Runtastic, and others.
I should probably give the typical disclaimer: please seek input from your doctor before trying anything new in life.