I happen to be at the premiere social studies education event in the country. Approximately 2500 social studies educators, professors, and exhibitors have crowded the St. Louis America Convention Center for the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. I always look forward to this event and find it to be one of energy and it recharges my batteries after I hit the Fall Doldrums of the School Year.
It is also exciting for me. My hotel is literally a stone’s throw from the arch and the Edwards Dome where the Rams play. I walked to the conference last night in the rain, mist, and fog and in looking up, the upper half of the arch was covered. It was beautiful. Continue reading #NCSS13 in St. Louis, Missouri→
First off, NCSS is next week. I’m stoked looking forward to traveling to St. Louis for four days of interesting social studies exploration. I will be doing a blog post Friday evening or Saturday morning of some of the things I’m experiencing at the conference. I hope to have some great stuff for you. Now onto today’s post.
Sometimes when I get brain fatigue, I wind up falling into Internet surfing and finding things that pique the historical part of my brain and at least get me back into the mood to do some thinking. As I prepared to write this blog post, it was at the end of a twelve-hour day, and I am suffering from brain fatigue, and over-caffeinated, and ready to “veg” out. This leads me to the post I struggled to get onto today. Continue reading 5 Random Things from the Web…→
In a soliloquy from Henry V, the title character announces “the game is afoot” in encouraging his men to battle. That is how I oft feel about my teaching repertoire. One of the things that I absolutely love in my teaching is the use of games and simulations to immerse students in the context and experience of social studies content. What is better to teach students about the areas of our content by having them do it. With games, I find it more efficient and more interesting to have them play a game to find out about an event, rather than a dry lecture or textbook worksheet.. Fortunately, I stumbled across a site for fellow game-junkies that has high-quality online games for you to utilize in your classroom. Continue reading The Game Is Afoot!→
I must confess that as a history junkie I consistently became a “fan” of some of the historical figures that I have studied. While not a professional historian, I realize that this can be a no-no when you get into the research of one of these individuals. As has happened many a time, I was heartbroken the more I found out about these individual’s unsavory habits: William T. Sherman thoughts on the African-American, Churchill’s drinking more than what should have been humanly possible, LBJ’s “locker-room” behavior.
All of these things brought the startling reality of these humans being in reality, humans. While still disappointed in the behavior of historical heroes, it added a depth of complexity and dare I say aesthetic pleasure to my historical study than I have ever enjoyed before. In the remainder of this point, I want to share an activity with you that may paint a picture you did not know about Albert Einstein. Continue reading When One of Your Heroes is a Bad Person…→
We all teach our kids to obey laws and be good citizens whether it be at our home or in our classroom. Yet, it is important that we also add when it is appropriate to practice civil disobedience. Most good teachers that I know are quick to teach about MLK, Thoreau, and Gandhi and how their actions spurred the course of civic discourse to address rights (and wrongs) of their fellow citizens and their governments. Now, we find ourselves amidst a government shut down that seems to be the result of party politics. I present to you a perfect example of what civil disobedience is. Of which, you can find the article here. Continue reading A Good Case of “Civil Disobedience” & KSDE Update→