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“Show yourself as a learner to your students”

“Show yourself as a learner to your students” is sound advice from Milton Chen, one of the panelists from the opening “creativity” panel discussion at EduCon, a phenomenal conference I’m attending in Philadelphia this weekend. Here’s a link to the … Continue reading

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Reading books is good for you

The internet is an amazing resource. But if you do online research right, you should end up with some books on the topic you’re learning about. Yes, there’s a wealth of information online, and you can get lots of great … Continue reading

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What happens when a speaker cancels?

Or: “Why it’s a good idea to keep track of current events that connect to your history class.” It’s 8:40 a.m. Class starts at 9. I just learned that the speaker I’d set up for my two morning classes can’t … Continue reading

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Teaching about Donald Trump

I try to make my classes relevant. Donald Trump is helping me do that this year big time. Today we made an unusual connection to President Trump’s now famous (infamous?) executive order about immigration. The one that’s all over world … Continue reading

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Booker Spicely — revisited

Note: I blogged about Booker Spicely in 2015, but I am updating my blog post a bit so that it works better for teaching this material in 2016: Less than a mile from where I live, in Durham, NC, a … Continue reading

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Learning from students’ wrong answers

I have written before about why I am not a fan of Multiple Choice questions. I just reviewed that piece from a year ago, and it still holds up reasonably well. My main three points were 1) I like learning, … Continue reading

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Don’t just read — Annotate!

I teach US History to high school students. I often ask my students to annotate the readings we do for class. I want to see evidence that they engaged with the reading and I want to find out what questions … Continue reading

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