Every year when I teach my government class my students are super excited to learn about voting in America. I teach them about the voting process and how important it is to our democracy through this voting lesson. I can't think of a better way to get them civically engaged than to teach my students about the importance of voting, reasons why people do and do not cast their ballots, why low voter turnout is a problem, and how voting is essential to our democracy. I … [Read more...] about How I register my students to vote?
I am offering a FREE AP U.S. Government Training Monday, July 13th, 7-8 PM EST. I will go through how I structure my course, organize my classroom, and give away FREE AP U.S. Government materials. Sign up here https://youtu.be/IW5Ly3G8L-4 Whether you're a veteran AP Government teacher or it's your first year, you may become frustrated with what to teach or where to go. I've been there and I totally understand. Such a complex topic that is expected to earn students … [Read more...] about How to Make your Life Easier with an AP Government Course
Don't risk disengaging your students with a "boring" George Washington activity or lesson! Even in high school, students need to get up and moving; this helps build critical thinking skills and caters to kinesthetic learners. My best-selling George Washington activity involves stations/centers to build background knowledge or apply skills. Students thoroughly enjoy getting up to move and apply higher order thinking to the different centers about George Washington. Each … [Read more...] about How to Engage High School Students with Stations: George Washington Activity
Do you want to engage your students in social studies? Would you like to get them out of their seats and moving around? Do you want them to critically analyze your content? The answer to all of these questions is a station lesson! From middle school to AP classes station lessons are sure to engage, encourage participation, and motivate your students in any subject area. Stations are embedded in many of the units I teach, and I’ve even used them to earn “highly … [Read more...] about Have Total Engagement in High School with Stations Lessons
I remember 9/11/01 like it was yesterday! I was sitting in my 10th-grade government class and I remember watching the 2nd plane hit the tower on the TV. I distinctly remember the classroom phone ringing calling my classmates out of school because their parents worked in the World Trade Center. I still twitch when I hear the phone ring in my classroom today. We lost 10 people in my town on that day. Every year since that day, I swore to myself that I would teach … [Read more...] about Teaching 9/11/01 as a Historical Event!
Over the past decade, the No Child Left Behind Act and Common Core have created a new era of student and teacher accountability. Teachers have been asked to improve student achievement and test scores across all demographic groups and income levels. According to Striving for Student Success: A Model of Shared Accountability (PDF), "[i]n the current school reform atmosphere, in which individual schools and teachers are being judged by their own students' outcomes, this notion … [Read more...] about Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning