I love using simulations strategically in the classroom. This is one I created recently on the Roman Republic that has both economic and political components.
Myself and another teacher, lets call him Mike, enjoy reading and discussing whatever we could find from experts on historical thinking skills. It provided a lot of material to talk about between classes, during the "adult time" that is so important to mental health. We often spoke of our favorites as part of the historical … Continue reading Who are the experts in historical thinking?
When I started teaching in Florida, I used the standards as I was given. "Used" is a generous word though as I did what many new teachers do, used the textbook as my curriculum and mixed in various activities, simulations, etc. into the lessons to spice things up. The standards were what I pulled out … Continue reading So many standards!
Over the last 6 years I have made a transition to teaching historical thinking skills using standards based grading. Prior to this transition I would have claimed I was teaching historical thinking skills...but I would have been wrong. The transition was not a cognizant choice on my part, the move to SBG being something the … Continue reading Why this blog?