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10 Uses of Padlet in the History Classroom

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that allows users to "pin" post-it notes with text, images, and links to webpages.  It has become an integral part of how my students and I share information and ideas with each other and with the larger community outside of our classroom.  Why I love padlet:

1) It is a great collaborative tool.

Sprinting All the Way to the Finish (or How to Maintain Engagement up Until the Bitter End)

During the last week of school, I received an email from a parent informing me that her son was running around the house, excitedly telling anyone who would listen about the end-of-year History project that he was due to present on that day.  With two days left of school, I was thrilled to hear that he was excited about coming to school (and History class, in particular). More importantly, she was thrilled to witness his excitement for going to school during the last week before summer vacation.

8th Grade Civil War Projects

In my 8th grade American History class, we are in the midst of the Civil War.  After debating Constitutional issues, slavery and states' rights issues, and issues on the Emancipation Proclamation, each student is researching his/her own Civil War battle, event, or notable person.  The class is enjoying each others' presentations now, and I have been enjoying the many different tech tools that my students are trying out or honing.  In so many ways, these presentations are better than a straight poster presentation.

Labs in History? You Bet!

Exciting and engaging inquiry is not only for the Science room.  I try to set up History inquiry "labs" whenever possible.  One of my favorite "labs" involves the 6th grade study of archaeology and ancient peoples.  For the past several years, I have collaborated on an engaging inquiry with the 6th grade English teacher at my school, for my 6th grade Ancient History students.  We got the idea from the Archaeological Institute of America:  the Mystery Cemetery

Not Your Parent's Sick Day

We've all been there: We are still a bit sick, but not completely bed-ridden, and probably contagious, so we have to stay home.  Even though we are on the road to recovery, it still takes a lot out of us to spend the whole day at work or at school, so we stay home to rest and recover strength.  We have to take a sick day.

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