Year: 2014

Holiday Break…What?

Yes, it is confusing…the holiday break. I, once again, awoke on the first morning of the break to the scratchy-throat-ed awareness that I was sick. I have a mile-long to do list each holiday, and each holiday, I get sick. I wallow on the couch, occasionally trying to get something done, but eventually succumbing to

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Collaborative Testing and New Year’s Freebies

This is how we usually test in my classroom: We break out the dividers, and close ourselves off. Talking is a cardinal sin, and we look down, down, down. That’s how testing should be, right? Well…yes. Most of the time. But last week, we tried something new. Collaborative testing. Notice, the dividers are stacked against

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Who Doesn’t Love Scrap-booking?

Especially when it’s about crime. Oh yes, all about crime. In my sociology class this past week, we cut out articles from the newspaper, explained what type of crimes they exemplified, and analyzed them under the umbrella of specific sociological theories. It was engaging for the students, plus it re-enforced the information we needed to

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My Monday Blog…On Tuesday

Death, Divorce, and Moving–the big three. Thankfully, we’ve only been moving for the past week. That makes everything out of sorts around the house–and my blog late. But it’s not too late to talk about Thanksgiving. There are still three days before my students disperse for the holidays, and hopefully a little turkey and family

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Playing Games in Sociology

I’ve been teaching sociology for three years, now, and almost immediately, I stumbled upon Introsocsite. It’s a fantastic resource for any sociology teacher. I credit Introsocsite not only for the organization of my course, but also for some fun and highly useful games. Last week, when we were studying a unit on social organization, we

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Halfway There–World History Interactive Notebooks

Unit 6: The Age of Exploration…Revealed! Click Here! Everything you need for a unit on Exploration. It covers European Explorers, Muslim Empires, Native American Empires, and China and Japan. Only six more to go (for that course). These things are time consuming to create but a pleasure to implement. Students cut, paste, draw, write, analyze,

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And the Winner of my Favorite Holiday is…HALLOWEEN!

I love Halloween. I love the fall–the crisp air, the red and gold leaves, that feeling you get when you sit outside with a book and a cup of coffee (audible sigh)….Fall is all about change, and change is very bittersweet (let’s not think about the alternative to change, not on this beautiful day). Winter

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Exam Rush and a Brand New Notebook

We’re having midterm exams this week at my school, so it’s been looking over old tests and playing review games in tandem with working on the new unit (we have no time to waste in world history on the block schedule). I’m a big fan of playing Jeopardy “trivia-style” because it saves time. My students

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Get Those Kids out of the Classroom!

I’m always looking to mix things up–even if it’s just to go outside on a beautiful day for a review game or a lesson. Just like anyone else, students appreciate a change of venue. And, let’s face it, different is memorable. This is when I get to have fun with my elective, sociology. I’m fortunate

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Color, Cut, Paste, Fold…POP! (Um…In High School)

You heard me–I’m bringing crafts to high school history class. Pop-ups aren’t just for babies anymore. I’m an equal-opportunity popper. At first, they complain. “We’re not in second grade.”  But slowly, they get into it, and what’s more, they remember it. We’re not just cutting to pass the time. There’s a method to my madness–a

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