Tag: Teaching Strategies

Ancient History Lesson – Macedonian Army Advancements

A look inside our ancient history class.  We have just begun the study of the rise Alexander the Great.  We began with the assassination of his father, Phillip.  Through Phillip and Alexander, the Macedonian army was able to make major advancements that allowed them…

Bringing History to Life: Battle of 300

With just a little documented sources to use for the battle of Thermopylae, I chose a little bit of a Hollywood version for the students to enjoy. Of course we compared it to actual quotes of Herodotus.

Reaching All Learners

Big History: The Christmas Truce of 1914

We are one month into our study of World War I in American History.  We culminated our first month of study with our lesson on the famous Christmas Truce of 1914. This lesson was so much fun!  The video is of the brief, 6-minute…

The Assassination of William McKinley

Lincoln, Kennedy, and who?  William McKinley???  Find out all about this forgotten assassination from our American Class this past week! Also be on the watch for what McKinley’s final words were prior to the emergency surgery to extract the assassin’s bullets!  

When Student Enthusiasm Fades, Teacher Enthusiasm Must Soar

Remember all of those first day smiles filled with the anticipation of the first day of school that you witnessed in the faces of your students?  Remember their excitement as they met new friends?  Recall the joy of seeing their new classroom, new books,…

American History Plans

I am so excited for the upcoming school year, and the content I will be teaching for American History II.  Our complete focus will be on the time period from World War I through World War II.  It is going to be incredible! A…

Rigor with the Brain in Mind

Great ideas for great activities in the classroom with the brain in mind!

Bringing Literature & Writing to Life

Having a challenging time bringing some life to your literature and writing classes this last month of the school year? One of my favorite activities to use is a comic strip creator available through PC, Apple, or Android. We just created our own comics…

Is History Dead in Your Classroom?

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” That quote is attributed to the great Athenian general and historian, Thucydides.  We all know the old saying, “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  While true, the quote from Thucydides gives that saying…

Aye Mayte!

If Teach Like a Pirate is not on your summer reading, you are missing out!  

Ben Franklin Said it Best

How many hands-on learning activities have you engaged your students in this week?  This is a great visual for all you history teachers out there!

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