The Digital Broadside
The Tramp Stamp of Teacher Information
Jackie Robinson on PBS
I didn't see it at first, but PBS is running a special on Jackie Robinson by Ken Burns. So if you don't already know, there are a lot of resources out there that you can use in class. I've found that BIOGRAPHY is a great way to teach history, so as many people are nearing the Civil Rights Unit, this could be a good way to supplement the class. The trailer is below.
History Bee Winners
The student winners were: Andrew Morlino, Madhu Venkateswaran, Josh Dupuois, and Evan Graham.
What a great way to get kids interested in history. Setting a National History Bee at your school is easy. Up to ten students from each registered school may participate in the Online Qualifying Exam. The Online Qualifying Exam is a multiple choice test administered through this website under the supervision of a Sponsor. All instructions for the Online Qualifying Exam can be found under the Sponsor Menu. Top scorers on the exam advance to the Regional Finals. I believe there is a small cost for this, so be prepared for that.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
If you're interesting in going up as a group, click here.
- Everything will be in Schoology, only. I'm not moving anything from School Space anymore as it's old, bad, or won't fit the 2015 Curriculum Framework. I'm moving anything from Google into Schoology. I will no longer use Google docs to share resources, just Schoology.
- I have a group in Schoology for all Social Studies teachers. Soon, I will shut down the Google Group. To gain access to the group, go to Groups>Click Join>Paste in the following for the code to get in: 89QMX-SRCK4.
For those who are new to Schoology, there are many ways I can share resources with you all. Each has pluses and minuses. Other Specialist may do things differently, but for us, I am using COLLECTIONS which is a tool in the Resources section of Schoology. My number 1 goal is for you to have access to a folder that updates on your end whenever I upload items into a folder.
If I just used the Resources folders in the Group, or had you link to my Personal folder, as soon as you have access to my folder, you won't get new things I upload unless if you deleted the folder and then re-linked. That's a pain.
So, I will personally add each and every one of you to a collection. But once that is done, whenever I update, you'll be updated without even knowing it. That will be the easiest way.
Richmond's own Black History Museum
Henricus Summer Fun
Pamplin Park Summer Institute
This summer Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is offering educators an opportunity to study the Civil War and Reconstruction through classes that combine classroom experience with tours and hands-on activities at Pamplin Historical Park.
They are offering two seminar programs this year; a 5-day program and a compressed, 3-day program. Each program has a different theme, so you can pick your favorite or take both.
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
Student Growth Measures
- 6th Grade: Mapping Skills
- 7th Grade: Sourcing Documents
- Civics: Sourcing Documents
- World History One: Corroboration
- World History Two: Close Reading
- World Geography: Mapping/Geography Skills
- US History: Close Reading
- Government: Corroboration
I'm also trying to see how I can make posters made that would include the chart above. If you want, you can print it out from here and put it on your walls.
Make Homework Fun?
When’s the last time your students got excited to do homework? Or said things like, “Wow…just WOW. It is amazing how much is out there that we just don’t know about”? What if every homework assignment could expand a student’s worldview while engaging a kid’s natural curiosity? One middle school teacher took on this challenge — so you don’t have to.
This is about the TED Ed Site with lessons you can use and create.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2015 - 2016: Teachers- 13 and Me- 12
Last week: Drew Baker sort of won from Glen Allen. He didn't get one of the 5 questions correct. This is twice in a row for him.
Last week's Connections question:
- Your best card (Trump)
- 1956 slogan, at any price (Peace and Prosperity)
- 1928 movie staring Madge Bellamy (Soft Living)
- Nigerian Princes and Charles Ponzi qualify as this (Get rich quick)
- 2015 "Mockumentary" about Ingrid Porrez and Simon Vos (Safety First)
The last four bullets come from a Teddy Roosevelt quotation, "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."
What do they all have in common? Things that will destroy America
- Find the coat of arms of the city with 165 canals
- Find the coat of arms of the smallest German state
- Find the coat of arms of the capital of the European parliament
- Find the coat of arms of a capital city that keeps sinking
- Find the national symbol of Ireland
What do they all have in common?