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Engage your students in developing historical empathy regarding the experience of an individual living through the Dust Bowl with the use of historical photographs. Using a gallery walk format, students will examine the impact of the Dust Bowl and
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Engage your students in this quick and insightful get-to-know-you activity on the first day. Using controversial current and historical issue statements (ex. The United States should require all citizens to serve in the military), students travel
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Engage your students in exploring the foreign policy crises and decisions made by the US government in the post-Cold War 1990s. Using a mixture of individual and cooperative learning, students investigate seven real events/crises, such as the
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Engage your students in critical thinking and group deliberation as they examine four controversial means of fighting the War on Terror. This lesson provides students with four (2-pages each) case issues to consider what means are justifiable in the
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Engage your students in historical decision-making as they become President Abraham Lincoln as he confronts the beginning of the Civil War with the crisis at Fort Sumter. Students weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the options Lincoln is
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Wanting your students to watch an upcoming presidential debate? Use this activity to help them break down what was said and how it was communicated. Using this form, students first source the debate and then critique performance over the span of
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Engage your students in a deep analysis of different news types/sources as they prepare to become informed and engaged citizens. This project asks students to seek out samples of the news as found in different types of media: print; television; and
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Engage your students in developing historical empathy regarding the experience of a worker living through the Gilded Age and Progressive Era with the use of historical photographs. Using a gallery walk format, students will examine the impact of
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Have your students critique the presidents on what they view as ideal presidential leadership. With this project, students create criteria to "grade" each of the seven roles of the president and then apply this to a president that they research.
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Engage your students in developing historical empathy regarding the experience of an infantryman or "grunt" during the Vietnam War through the use of historical photographs. Using a gallery walk format, students will examine the daily life of a
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Engage your students in one of America's greatest debates: whether or not to involved the nation in the escalating World War II. With this great lesson, student pairs analyze speeches made in support and opposition to the passage of the Lend-Lease
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Engage your students in this interactive lesson that asks students to become the Supreme Court. Using two real Supreme Court cases, students, working in small groups, weigh the arguments of both sides and then create a decision. The two cases
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Engage students in learning more about the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by having them interview an adult about their experiences. Through leading an oral history interview with an adult, students can gain a greater understanding of how 9/11
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Engage your students in thinking through the famous World War I and freedom of speech case Schenck v. United States. This handout activity has students work together in small groups to become the Supreme Court and critically examine the arguments of
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This engaging, collaborative assignment lets students create a unique timeline that evaluates the question of who is to blame for causing the War for Independence. Rather than just a timeline, students plot events by creating a line graph tracking
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Engage your students in understanding the choices that led to America's increasing involvement in the Vietnam conflict, which would become America's Vietnam War. Using four in-depth historical think-alouds, students working in groups become
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Help students structure their understanding of the causes of the War for Independence with this graphic organizer. The chart is structured to aid students in defining the various British policies introduced in the lead-up to the shots fired at
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Engage your students in this in-depth project-based learning activity where they get to propose reforms to the American election system. In this activity, students work collaboratively to create their own interest group and develop a persuasive
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Engage your students in this historical simulation of a proposed peace conference that was to occur in 1813. Students join together in seven different delegations (each representing a unique perspective during the War of 1812) to seek to achieve a
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Engage your students in exploring six of the more ethically difficult military decisions made during World War II. Working in collaborative groups, students explore these decisions deliberating amongst themselves in an effort to decide the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for nine years in varying settings from middle school to college. Each of these experiences has provided me insight into building stronger lessons and resources to ensure our students are successful regardless of the circumstances.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love stepping aside while helping guide students to discovering new information and building critical thinking skills. Hands-on, project-based, and problem-based are all phrases that can be used to describe my teaching style.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2017, I was named the Alabama History Teacher of the Year and a top 10 finalist for National History Teacher of the Year. I have been a nominee for teacher of the year five years in my ten-year career as well as a nominee for innovative teacher of the year. My utilization of technology in the classroom was recognized by the state of Alabama as I was a nominee for the Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award (high school teacher category). I have presented numerous presentations on the state and national level for both social studies education as well as incorporating technology into the classroom.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Auburn University for my undergraduate, master's (a few courses at Georgetown University as part of the James Madison Fellowship), and doctorate degrees in social studies education.

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