Category Archives: Lesson ideas

The Power of Questions

Over the summer, I read Santana and Rothstein’s book, Make Just One Change:  Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.  I kind of wanted to dislike it–there’s a slight tone of just-follow-these-three-easy-steps-to-weight-loss-in-15-days which bugs me–but I have to say that, … Continue reading

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A silent discussion

I tried something new with my World History classes today, and I loved it enough I think I’m going to make it a regular thing.  My dilemma for today was that it was National Day of Silence, a day on … Continue reading

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A Taxonomy of Lesson Plans

I was talking to a friend about the limitations of lesson plans.  While every once in a while I find someone else’s lesson plan that does exactly what I want to do, it’s rare.  Usually, I end up either cannibalizing … Continue reading

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Recipe for a debate

My students love debates.  They are great for cranking up the level of enthusiasm in the classroom.  Sometimes, though, they generate more heat than light.  We just had a great debate in my World History class about the Investiture Conflict:  … Continue reading

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Card games for art history

Art history classes, more than any other, seem to take a time-honored form.  Next slide, please… I show plenty of PowerPoints (and Prezis, and museum websites)in my AP Art History class, but more and more I find myself looking for … Continue reading

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A lesson plan wish list

I spent some time today thinking about a particular kind of lesson plan:  the kind I borrow from someone else. Dr. Barbara N. Porter, director of the Casco Bay Assyriological Institute, has kicked off a really interesting new project.  (OK, … Continue reading

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A history “lab”

Here’s an exercise I give students to build their skill in working with primary sources and also to let them explore for themselves the question we’re tackling.

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