Constructing Narratives in The History Classroom

While the goals of the history classroom have remained for the most part consistent over time, what has changed dramatically in recent years is our ability to access an abundance of resources and tools that can make the process of learning and the expression of that learning come alive for the students in our classrooms.

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5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News

  5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News This post was originally published on  Daily Genius you can check it out by following the link above. Whether you call it “fake news”, “misinformation” or the more innocuous “spin,” and whether you see this as an entirely new problem or the … Continue reading 5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News

eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter

I am proud to have been named to the eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter.  In reflecting on my years on Twitter, I can't help but think of all the passionate educators that I have met along the way while sharing our learning. Years of rethinking education have shown me that while there … Continue reading eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter

eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts

eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts In general I tweet what interests me and what I need to improve as a teacher.  It makes for an eclectic mix of technology, teaching and history.  Much like my blog, it represents the skills I am trying to grow and the struggles that are currently before me. … Continue reading eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts

What is #sschat? I’m glad you asked.

Since I have been a part of #sschat I am frequently asked “What is it that you do?” or “How does this group work?” I love the opportunity to answer these questions because I am so proud of our little “can do” group. The short version of my answer is "We help teachers to get … Continue reading What is #sschat? I’m glad you asked.

Fact Checking our Textbook- Source Analysis and Critical Thinking

When I think back to how I used to use worksheets and textbooks in class I am a little embarrassed.  I hand them the book, they move info from the book to a sheet, then I collect the sheet. Awesome, now we are all smarter and I have a pile of grading to do.  How … Continue reading Fact Checking our Textbook- Source Analysis and Critical Thinking

Thoughts on #EdCampMke

Two days after attending #EdCampMKE I am experiencing what I like to call the #EdcampBump. For a period of time after any EdCamp my mind races and I start to see old lessons and the challenges that I face very differently.  The materials that I produce after an Edcamp have a very different feel to … Continue reading Thoughts on #EdCampMke

The Least Objectionable Path

Two roads diverged in a wood… We all pretty much know how this story goes but I think that its implications go beyond doing something different.  I think it often means doing something that is not easy. The more I move my classroom in the direction of student created content the more I realize that … Continue reading The Least Objectionable Path

Misquoted

This picture below is one of my favorite quotes.  I have been a collector of quotes ever since the first time I saw that giving the right one to a student could lift them up and help them focus.  I think it has something to do with the fact that quotes can make a personal … Continue reading Misquoted

Reflection on EdCampss

I am fresh back from #edcamppss in Philadelphia.  I am a bit tired, a lot proud, and really energized to make what I have learned tangible in my classroom.    It's satisfying it was to meet people who are working hard to make their classrooms a better place.  It was surreal to see an event … Continue reading Reflection on EdCampss