- I'm big on the possibilities of gaming in the classroom. This free flash game, from the maker of Papers, Please, puts students in the shoes of a newspaper editor in a Communist dictatorship, and tasks them with placing articles in the paper that cast the dictatorship in a positive light but also appeal to readers. I place high emphasis on examining the role of the media throughout history, since analyzing what they are being told by the media, commercials and government officials is a tool that students can use throughout their lives.
- Here, students have been collaborating on a shared Google Drive document to create a chart of events before and during the Cold War. The entire class has access to view and edit this chart, and the content within the chart is ultimately in their hands. Every student is expected to contribute at least once during the unit, and the chart will be used to study for the test at the end of the unit.
- It's important to keep ahead of things; I've already begun gathering content to use in the next unit after the Cold War, which will focus on countries that have not really been addressed by the standards but are incredibly important and relevant. In this case, it's Communist China. Beyond that, students will have the opportunity to explore regions of their choice in the final weeks of the semester.
- As much as I love technology, I cannot serve as tech support in the classroom. This student's Chromebook broke and they have not had it repaired. I am happy to provide a paper option to complete assignments for any student who finds it necessary.
- Students are working on group newspaper projects (tying into my themes on the role of media) to analyze the impact of the Cold War outside of the Western and Soviet blocs. This group is working on Afghanistan.
- Just about every unit on the Cold War includes the Truman Doctrine, where the President laid out his plans to fight the spread of Communism by speaking highly of American ideals and demonizing the USSR. I believe students should examine multiple perspectives and have accompanied the Truman Doctrine with a memo by Soviet leader Andrei Zhdanov which described the differences between the U.S. and Soviet Union in a different light.
- The students are provided with all the tools needed to explore and analyze a topic. I facilitate as much as possible but it's ultimately up to them to perform the task and decide what grade they want.
- The role of the media and propaganda was again on display here during our World War II unit, where students viewed propaganda from multiple nations in several different formats.
- My responsibilities as a teacher extend beyond the walls of my classroom as I seek to be an active member of the school community.
- Again, using speeches from historical figures and encouraging students to analyze them.
Teaching in 2015
Methods, thoughts and actions in a modern world history classroom
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