Month: August 2019

Who Was The Best Teacher That I Have Ever Had?

Being a teacher allows you to directly influence a person, and if you do it long enough, thousands of people. From these thousands, it should be no surprise that some of these students will become teachers. How long does this line of educators stretch back? Are there teachers today that can trace their mentoring parentage all the way back to Socrates? If a teacher had to ask themselves, who was my most influential teacher, who …

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Helping Students Narrow a Project Topic

Narrowing a Project Topic Everyone has completed a project in school. We may remember our teachers giving us a list of topics to choose from and a rubric that determined the parameters of what we needed to do. In general, projects have not changed much over the last thirty years. During the 2018-2019 school year, most of my middle school colleagues organized projects that involved using a topic list that students could choose from; or, …

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Teaching Thematically and Focusing On A Big Theme All Year

Over the years, I have heard about “teaching thematically” or focusing on a certain type of perspective when teaching content. Recently, I was a part of a conversation about teaching thematically: the results? Some teachers love thematic teaching, while others believe that it will damage students’ understanding of history. I do not believe teaching thematically endangers are youth, nor do I believe it leaves out important details. Teaching thematically can prove to students that there …

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