Friday, August 28, 2015

How did Columbus Day become a U.S. Holiday?

In preparing a lesson on the Columbian Exchange, and starting with the question "Should Americans celebrate Columbus Day?, I discovered some interesting tidbits regarding why Columbus Day became a holiday.

Did you know that Catholic-Americans lobbied for official recognition of Columbus?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Joys of Educational Technology

So, it is the first day back at school and we are jumping right in with a quiz on Blackboard.

 But wait! Student accounts have been reset and I am now getting a flood of emails from my very responsible student population telling me they cannot log in!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

History Doesn't Change - FALSE

While the events that happened in the past do not change, our understanding of history changes all the time.

There are a few reasons why this happens:

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Teacher Mission

When I went through my teacher certification program in New Mexico, I was asked to prepare a mission statement for my classroom. I have used it ever since:

I will foster a positive and caring learning environment that promotes high expectations and skills development to empower students and challenge them to become their own best teacher. 

It is not always easy to fulfill, but it is what I truly believe and it does guide my thoughts and actions in the classroom. I believe wholeheartedly that what students do is ten times more important than what I do in the classroom, and that the earlier they recognize this, the better learners they will become.