After talking to a colleague during common planning time, I learned about a new webpage to create charts. After playing with it for a while I created a concept definition map.
Not bad for a first attempt!
I am exhausted. We had parent teacher conferences last night. It was a great night. My team had many parents come in to discuss the progress of their students. The flip side is that the school day was longer (it ended at 8:00PM) yesterday, which meant today dragged. That being said, I felt really proud of the accomplishments of my students today. We have been working on summarizing our Social Studies notes. I feel that the students are making a lot of progress. The seventh graders summarized information about Assyria and Babylonia and the eighth graders summarized information on the First Continental Congress. The few that I have read are decent.
On another note, since I have not turned off my teacher brain, I was looking around for information to teach the Constitution. I am not quite there yet in the curriculum, but I want to be prepared. I found the following video on
the Gilder Lehrman website.
On Friday in class, I checked out the ipad cart from the school library to use in my classes for the day. My 8th grade classes had an assignment to create a "Fakebook" page on either George Washington or King George III using www.classtools.net . I thought it was a lot of fun. For my seventh grade classes I thought I would try a new activity that I had never done before, but heard other teachers in the building have used the site. It was www.polleverywhere.com . They idea was to pose a survey(poll) question and using the tablets the students would respond and we could look at their answers as they were projected on to the smart board. I used questions from the text we were reading. After some minor glitches, I was able to get it to work for the first class. I was excited to try it with the second class. Unfortunately, one of the students posted an inappropriate response and that was the end of that activity. Down below is a sample of my "Fakebook" example for my students.
I am an empty-nester with two boys, a husband and a passion for writing, creating and teaching. I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in Massachusetts. I am a self proclaimed history geek and proud of it! In my spare time ( Spare time, ha ha that's a joke! ) I enjoy photography, reading and hanging out with my family.