Along with the webinars, Common Core training, and work with colleagues I have been learning more and more about inquiry. Following is an IDM for a unit I'll be teaching in May. I know it will change. I'm especially concerned that I needed to make so many adjustments to he primary source (especially George Kennan's X article) that I wonder if the students are really reading a primary source any longer.
There is a great example of a lesson found at the National Humanities Center that utilizes George Marshall's speech outlining the Marshall Plan. It is clearly at a higher reading level than my middle school students.
I am a Bank Street graduate, and a constructivist at heart. I have been a History Museum Educator, as well as a High School Economics and History teacher. I now teach Middle School Social Studies.
None of my work has been in isolation. I am grateful to my colleagues who have challenged me to think deeply and supported my explorations into how and why children learn.
Thank you for encouraging me to explore the shifts in education and helping me take this journey: M Wagner, N English, J Olsen, G Cumpstone, J Tencza, E Schaedler, B Kerachsky, H Hageman and S Armstrong.
Thank you for your advice and insights C Wendt, M Steinhilper, L Portley, E Cleveland, G Schwanfelder, S Papale, R Davey, L Landry, S Ward, D O'Rourke, C Harris, M Hall, A Glorioso, P Muzzulin, L Ricks, L Monroe and C Baklik.
A special thanks to J Merola, who helped me to learn about teaching reading and meta-cognition..