Confessions of a Teaching Freak

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Confessions of a Teaching Freak
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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --George Santayana
 
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By Confessions of a Teaching Freak
In this fun and engaging project, students choose a decade to research throughout American History (this would also work for other areas, such as World History, Women's History, African American History, etc.). Students research the pop culture of
Subjects:
U.S. History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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$2.00
26 ratings
3.8
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In this PBL project, students go through different levels of civic participation to learn what it truly means to be a citizen.
Subjects:
Civics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
FREE
5 ratings
3.9
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about Free Trade Agreements. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one of the pieces with them, just to get them warmed up. I then give them time to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, Government
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
3 ratings
3.5
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By Confessions of a Teaching Freak
In this project, students research the key terms, events, people, and places of the Cold War. Students pair each term/person/place/event with a picture to match. Students compile their research into either a digital book or a physical scrapbook.
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about Donald Trump in the political sphere. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one with them (the cartoon above is perfect for that). I then give
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
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This is a scavenger hunt where the students will race around the school using location clues and reading to learn about the Supreme Court cases. This is meant to be a first viewing of the cases, or a preview, if you will. This is a lot of fun for
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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***Example campaign commercial included.*** This fun and engaging project involves the whole class. Each of my Civics Class (at this time I only had 2) voted in a "primary election" to pick a person from each class to be their presidential
Subjects:
Civics, Government
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about Capitalism and the Free Market. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one of the pieces with them, just to get them warmed up. I then give them
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Economics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about immigration. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one item with them. I then give them time to work, I do time them, generally 2-3 minutes per
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about foreign policy. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one with them (the cartoon above is perfect for that). I then give them time to work, I do
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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Students will work in groups or pairs to create lessons on the different countries involved in WWII. Students will be responsible for creating a lesson plan for the entire class period, to include notes, an activity, and test questions. This project
Subjects:
European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
FREE
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4.0
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This is meant to be an activity to follow-up learning about political cartoon techniques. You can do it in pairs/groups or as an individual assignment. Normally, I will do one with them (the cartoon above is perfect for that). I then give them time
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
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This is a whole class/course group project. Each class period will work together as a "political party" group, with separate campaigning groups within the class. This was written to correspond with a presidential election year, but could be revised
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities
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This activity is meant to show students how a criminal trial works. Students usually have a lot of fun while completing the project. There are parts of this project that were borrowed from Civics.Org and AmericanBar.Org, but have been modified to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$3.00
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This project allows students to express their creativity through creating a DVD cover and plot line for a movie based on an amendment. Students usually begin by selecting a genre for their movie (horror, romance, action, etc.) then working from
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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In this project, students research George Washington from the perspective of a historical figure, such as Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington, etc. The students use this information to write a funny "roast" speech to give in his honor. We did this
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
FREE
not yet rated
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently in my 7th year of teaching high school Social Studies. I have taught American History 1, US History, World History, Civics and Economics, Cultural Studies, and Current Affairs. I incorporate a lot of reading and analyzing documents into my lessons.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I enjoy using a lot of projects and hands-on activities with my students. While I'm no stranger to a lecture, I prefer to do other things with the students. I want my students to be actively engaged in class and interested in what is going on.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

North Carolina Teaching Fellow, Teacher of the Year, Wells Fargo Excellent Educator Award, Bright Ideas grant winner

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

East Carolina University - BS Social Studies Education Concordia University - MEd Curriculum and Instruction

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love teaching, and I love my students. I also love creating and searching out new teaching ideas/strategies/projects.

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