project based learning

Augmented Reality in 10 Objects

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.

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.

Compromise Leads to War

In American History this week, students shared and presented their findings from  investigations they were immersed in the previous week.  All groups were investigating the cost of Compromise on U.S. politics, the economy and society during the mid-19th century.  Each group was tasked with becoming an expert on specific topics and years. After each group's separate investigations, we reconvened to share what we discovered.  The only requirement that I gave the students for their presentations work was that they could not use a power point.  I demand something new!

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