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I just want to thank everyone for the work you all do for our students in the classroom, for the school as a whole, and behind the scenes.
These last few years have seen a lot of changes for teachers, and despite some bumps in the road, everyone has met the challenges.
Please have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Let's Think About September!
OK.... sorry, I suck. But I think reflection is important for teachers, but sometimes, you need to know what to reflect about. So, before students leave, let them give you some ideas on how you can change your classroom.
Edutopia has a good article on this with things you can do with your students before they leave, for example:
Hand out 5x7 note cards to your students. On one side of the card, ask them to list five things that helped them learn during the year. On the other side, they'll write five things that made it hard for them to learn. No names are required. While they are doing this, take your own card and on each side write your predictions of what you think will be your students' most common answers. Later, compare the students' set with your predictions. See how accurate you were, and find items that give you ideas on how to improve your teaching. Add these items to your master list in the appropriate categories.
For more ideas, read here.
Baker Without Borders
American Revolution Institute
Music to Celebrate the 2nd of July
Thursday, July 2
Celebrate the Second of July, the day the Continental Congress voted for independence, with music the Founding Fathers knew well. David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform 18th-century songs—including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs—in costume with period instruments.
Teaching Dharmic Traditions
India is an ancient civilization with widespread social, political, linguistic, cultural, philosophical, artistic, religious, spiritual, and natural diversity. In recent decades, it has taken center stage with its global economic and political roles. Teaching India in classrooms is becoming more interesting and important, but its complexity and diversity pose a challenge to any teacher in a grade school.
Participants will be required to attend the five-day training session, from July 13th – July 17th, 2015, at Bridgewater State University. This will be an immersion program with cultural events in the evenings. Participants will be required to attend the complete session (day and evening cultural events) of the five-day training program. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the four Dharmic Traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism) have created training materials and teacher training modules for the recipients of these fellowships.
"See Freedom Speak - Teacher Institutes"
Virginia Historical Society
NOTE: The E. Claiborne Robins Institute is to help APUSH teachers with the redesign.
For more information, click here
2015 Stratford Hall Summer Institute for Teachers
From the afternoon of July 15 through noon on July 18, 2015, twenty-five teachers from across Virginia and the nation will have a unique opportunity to participate in a practical educational experience.
Set on the grounds of Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, Virginia, home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, this four-day workshop will feature lectures from four nationally respected scholars and workshops led by a nationally prominent Master Teacher and Professor of Curriculum Development. Participants will examine four distinct components of the reality of Tidewater Virginia colonial life on the eve of the American Revolution. These examinations will be accomplished through the use of selected primary sources.
For more information, click here. Deadline extended to June 14!
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
First, I created a new Twitter handle for community service, @HCPSservice. If you have Twitter, follow it and you can share ideas with your students.
I'm also posting them on my website.
using REMIND as a way for students to register for IMs where I can simply send out a mass text message to those who registered to remind them to look at the list of opportunities.
I'll also small flyers for the classroom that I hope you will post for me, as a reminder to students.
Podcasts x 19
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
I love this podcast from Karina Longworth, in which she beautifully recounts tales of old Hollywood. I’ve enjoyed her episodes about Mia Farrow and the “many loves of Howard Hughes,” though her “Star Wars” series about celebrities’ experiences during wartime is particularly outstanding.
US and European History Readers
Here is another online resources for US and European history classes. It was designed by Virginia Tech and is free to use. Just make sure you review it first to make sure you students can handle the reading.
Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects
The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops.
Primary and Secondary Sources
Here's the Vertical Articulation chart I created.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2014 - 2015: Teachers- 13.5 and Me- 13
Which "official" presidential landmark requires a passport to see?
Hana Hecht and Jessica Bowden sent in responses within the same minute. It's the Roosevelt Campobello International Park in Canada, but run by the US Parks Service.
I lost again!
Here's an article that gives teachers some tips on what they can do this summer.