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Our US History Student Film Festival

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices |

In mid-December, 33 tenth grade students, three teachers, assorted parents, and four guest judges gathered to watch the first ever Constitutional Amendments Film Festival at our school. The film festival was the largest and most complex research-based project of the three we’d done since school began this year. My colleagues and I had committed our students to two and one-half weeks of research, film creation, and film editing.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation — Teaching US History in Six Weeks to 10 Students Around the World

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, The Teaching Life, Voices | 2 comments

Over the summer, Voices blogger Margaret Haviland taught her first online high school course — a survey of US History in six and a half weeks! Margaret journaled about her experience at her personal blog. We found her account rich in useful detail. Any teacher about to embark on a first-time online teaching experience will likely find Margaret’s narrative helpful, so we’ve posted excerpts here.

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Developing Our Students as Active Citizens

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Student Life, The How of 21st Century Teaching, The Moral Imperative, Voices | 16 comments

The question becomes, how do we translate our history students’ understanding of past actors into action by young people today? In March we decided to chuck the traditional exam format and craft a project to help students make this connection and consider what it means to be an engaged citizen.

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