Gautam Thapar

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"Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."--Martin Luther King Jr.
 
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By Gautam Thapar
One of the most interesting topics in any U.S. History class is the development and ratification of the Constitution. This packet includes documents that guide students towards answering the question, "Should the Constitution be ratified?" The
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), DBQs, Handouts
$4.00
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By Gautam Thapar
One of the most critical elements of student achievement is student mindsets. Students with a growth mindset--that is, students who see challenges as opportunities and willingly learn from mistakes--seem better prepared to achieve than those with a
Subjects:
Psychology, Character Education, Study Skills
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Handouts, Minilessons
$2.00
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By Gautam Thapar
In all aspects of school, students must be willing and able to accept feedback. Feedback about performance is endemic to all classes and subjects, but it is not necessarily the case that all students understand the importance of their willingness
Subjects:
Psychology, Character Education, Study Skills
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Handouts
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By Gautam Thapar
The materials attached include notes for students to take about definitions and examples of terrorism as well as historical documents for students to use as evidence in answering the question, "Would Revolutionary Patriots be considered terrorists
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Research, DBQs, Scaffolded Notes
$4.00
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By Gautam Thapar
Almost all history classes at least touch on the Enlightenment and some of the crucial ideas that come from it. It can be difficult, however, to make these ideas concrete and real for students. In this handout, I included three questions that
Subjects:
U.S. History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), DBQs, Handouts
$3.00
2 ratings
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By Gautam Thapar
This handout includes a week to two week's worth of materials to support students in answering the essential question, "Did the Constitution strengthen or weaken democracy in America?" It includes excerpts of a lecture defining democracy from a
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), DBQs, Handouts
$5.00
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By Gautam Thapar
Offering students guidance about how to make good choices at school can be tricky. Teachers might struggle to feel overly preachy or vague when giving life lessons. This lesson takes you a different route--it fuses some of the most critical
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Psychology, Character Education
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, DBQs, Cooperative Learning
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This PowerPoint should be used in tandem with the handout that has the same title. This PowerPoint has all notes for students to fill in as well as scripted checks for understanding. Note: at the end the slide that says "Good stuff I see..." is
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations, DBQs
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am in my 4th year as a teacher. In my first, I taught 8th grade, all subjects. Since then, I have been the only U.S. and A.P U.S. History teacher at my charter school in Richmond, CA. Our students have grown tremendously in these subjects--we have doubled the percentage that were Proficient or Advanced on the state exam, and have had a 12-fold increase in students passing the AP U.S. History Exam (from 4 to 49 in the last 2 years). I also design lessons for a school-wide course in character education. The course focuses on developing students' metacognitive skills through research-tested methods.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In my U.S. History classes, my classes are oriented around discussion. When I lecture, it is brief; I try to encourage students to do as much of the talking and thinking as I can, while creating spaces to push their thinking and encourage them to craft and defend historical arguments. Usually, this entails exposing students to primary and secondary sources and having students answer historical questions through discussion and in writing. When designing character education lessons, I similarly try to build in space for student reflection and discussion. These lessons also include exposing students to research on various character strengths, with me doing as little of the talking as possible. In character education, especially, I try to have students doing as much of the thinking and discovery as possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching--Semifinalist

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, a minor in Economics, and honors in International Security Studies.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have lived and grown up in the Bay Area my whole life, and live 5 miles from the school I teach. I love teaching, and believe deeply in the quote that is atop my page.

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