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 14 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
Elementary students are learning the foundation of so many topics. As they get older, they will dive deeper into the material. Therefore, it is so important that teachers have engaging lessons to ensure students have a strong basis. If students do not, they may struggle in later grades and develop a … [Read more...] about Teaching the President Boom Task Cards
Some topics in school are ones that students learn about over multiple years. Additionally, some topics begin in elementary school and continue all the way to high school. Teaching about the US government is one of those topics! Therefore, it is so important to make your lessons stand out. When this … [Read more...] about Teaching US Government through Boom Lessons
I am thankful my husband and I just got our covid shot as I am planning my bureaucracy project. We feel thankful since we have been both in person since September with numerous covid exposures. 😷 When the sickness is over.... My son's Ben (4) and Finn (2) have extensive "when the sickness is … [Read more...] about Bureaucracy Project Better Because of Covid
Happy March🍀 The countdown until spring and summer is on! March Madness clearly means different things to different people. For some, it’s a very exciting time of year full of buzzer-beaters and celebrations. For teachers? Well, let’s just say there’s plenty happening that’s driving us mad 😤 Here … [Read more...] about Social Studies Documentaries
We are all trying our best to increase engagement via distance learning. I recently went to a conference on Teaching Distance Learning and listened to an amazing presenter Emma Pass. Emma shared some engaging strategies that I literally used the next day in my classroom and some I modified and … [Read more...] about Increase Engagement during Distance Learning
I don't know about you but Thursday 1/7/21 was the longest teaching day of my teaching career! I was running on adrenaline, lack of sleep, and I modified that lesson more times than I'd like to admit! I changed my lesson from impeachment to a lesson to help my students process the events happening … [Read more...] about The longest day of my teaching career!