My name is Melissa and I am a 12th grade Social Studies teacher in Cold Spring, New York. I currently teach 12th grade Government & Economics, Sociology, and AP Government and Politics. I have been teaching for 13 years in both New York and Pennsylvania. I grew up in Boonton, New Jersey and earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Studies Education at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. While teaching full-time in both Geneva, NY and Trumansburg, NY I earned my Master's Degree in Inclusive … read more about About Me
I stand together against racism and remain committed to the bedrock social justice principles that our country was founded upon. I stand together in the fight against racism in our quest to create a more equitable world. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. And countless others, some known through the media while so many others are known only to their loved ones or their communities. Their names, their killings, the ongoing violence against the Black community … [Read more...] about Black Lives Matter
Your first year teaching a new course or first time teaching ever is the hardest year of your life! You want to be the perfect teacher, perfect role model, and best teacher of your craft. Newsflash--- There is no perfect teacher! Some advice I have is to start each day fresh, and try to make each day a little bit better than the day before. Here are some tips for new teachers: Tip 1: Read a good book I highly recommend reading the book Teach Like a Pirate. I … [Read more...] about How to survive your first year?
Teacher organization is an essential skill in education. I consider myself a highly organized person, possibly due to my mother, yet many students and teachers have never perfected this elusive talent. Incorporating technology into daily instruction is one way in which teachers can leverage more time, restructure learning activities so they become more meaningful and provide opportunities for more rigorous instruction. Digital tools can be seamlessly integrated into the … [Read more...] about Teacher Organization for your Sanity
-I am offering some summer professional development sessions to collaborate with other teachers across the county and improve our craft! All free!! -Feel free to sign up for one or all of them! You will get an email telling you the dates and times. A reminder a week before and day of the event. -Bring your favorite resources and let's collaborate! Padlet and other tech training AP Government and Politics United States History Sociology … [Read more...] about Free Teacher Summer Training
Buy the Teacher Training Now Helpful Websites AP Government Teachers on Facebook (Get access to the Drive) https://www.facebook.com/groups/APGovTeachers Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-government-and-politics Citizen U- http://www.citizenu.org/ My quizlet- https://quizlet.com/melissa_seideman/folders/ap-government/sets Oyez (court cases) https://www.oyez.org/ Sheg- https://cor.stanford.edu/ Street Law- … [Read more...] about AP Government Teacher Training and Helpful Websites
I am offering two FREE Sociology online training this summer. Learn some tricks and tips for teaching Sociology in a fun and engaging way. Share resources and collaborate with other teachers who teach the same content. Join us for either session! Sign up Here!! … [Read more...] about FREE Sociology Online Training
I am offering two FREE AP U.S. Government online training this summer. Learn some tricks and tips for teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics. Share resources and collaborate with other teachers who teach the same content. Join us for either session! Sign me up Now!!! … [Read more...] about AP U.S. Government Online Training
National Constitution Center (NCC) hosts programs that I think you would like for your school for remote learning. Since COVID-19 school closures began, the National Constitution Center has been running online classes called Scholar Exchanges. Scholar Exchanges connect students with a constitutional scholar for a virtual interactive class about the Constitution. Part lecture and part lively conversation, sessions are open to the public. I wanted to let … [Read more...] about Constitution Center Resources for Distance Learning
https://youtu.be/WbzgapfqWbk Ten Tips I use when I use video chat: Always use the waiting room feature!!! To only allow students to enter who you know. I also only let them use their names! Set up reoccurring meetings with the same URL to make it easier for you and your studentsUse a password for extra security if you want itPlay with zoom first with a friend. Make sure you know how to chat, kick a kid out, instantly mute, stop the video, and end a meeting fast if … [Read more...] about How do you set up a safer zoom meeting?
Padlet is an application to create an online post-it note- bulletin board that you can use to display information and collaborate together for any topic. I am offering a FREE Padlet workshop on Monday, June 22nd EST from 7-8 PM. Padlet is an application to create an online post-it note- bulletin board that you can use to display information and collaborate together for any topic. Join Here Easily create an account and build a display board. Students can add images, … [Read more...] about How I use Padlet in the classroom?
I hope you are holding up well during this crazy time. I am making a daily goal to workout every day, do a craft, and outdoor time with my kids. I just created a review Instagram for my AP US Government and Politics classes. If you want to have your students follow, I am going to post daily review questions, information, multiple-choice practice, political cartoons, and so much more. Encourage your kids to follow, comment, and respond. Please feel free to jump in so … [Read more...] about AP US Government Instagram Review
Here is a list of my top 4 tools for teaching remotely. My biggest tip is to find something that works for you and make your life easier with one of these tools! Padlet is an application to create an online post-it note- bulletin board that you can use to display information and collaborate together for any topic. Easily create an account and build a display board. Students can add images, links, videos, columns, and more. You can always add to it late. Settings allow you … [Read more...] about Free Remote Learning Ideas!