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"Everything one teaches a child one prevents him(her) from inventing or discovering Jean Piaget".
 
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Should Mary hide a family of Underground Railroad,runaway slaves? Her father believes in obeying the law even if it is the Fugitive Slave Act. Mary thinks slavery is immoral and is willing to take risks to help this family. Students will learn
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After surviving the harsh winter of 1777, should a soldier re-enlist and continue to serve in the Continental Army of George Washington? Lesson plan and discussion questions included.
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Find here a scene by scene, detailed viewing guide to the Emmy award winning film. Students stay engaged and interact with the major themes of the film. Unique film in that it covers, fictionally, but historically accurate, post Civil War/Civil
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When a family is torn apart by the Civil War, what is a brother on one side to do when the battle includes his own home? Wesley faces the true dilemma of choosing between deserting and following orders? Students will engage the tense value
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Set in New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century, Aldo, an immigrant who has been helped by the local precinct captain of Tammany Hall, must decide whether or not to follow his direction about an upcoming election. This discussion
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In 1843, Thoreau moved his home in Concord to a cabin on the bank of nearby Walden Pond. For a period of several years, he refused to pay taxes. This dilemma asks students to judge his refusal to pay and his reasoning. Probe questions provided.
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This detailed viewing guide to the film, A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation, keeps students on task and involved in the story of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Madison, Washington, Franklin, and many others become real
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Galileo challenges the 17th century traditional view of the universe that the sun and the planets revolve around the earth. Probe questions provided.
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During the severe winter of 1846 the Mitchell family confronts the Breen family who must decide whether or not to share the family food supply.
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(Videos available for the dilemmas contained herein, see SamuelGomberg@aol.com for details) This is a seven page comprehensive viewing guide for the classic film, The Grapes of Wrath. Engage your students with an interactive viewing guide that
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Students confront the many dimensions of President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In addition, they explore the moral dilemma faced by Paul Tibbetts as he is recruited to pilot the Enola Gay. Tibbetts in an excerpt from
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The Wife of Bath is a religious woman who accompanies the group of travelers on an important religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Her fifth husband tries to exercise marital authority over his wife. Discussion questions included.
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Based on the final minutes of Saving Private Ryan, students are encouraged to think about what it means to live a life of integrity and substance. Captain Miller leads a platoon charged with finding and returning safely to his family, Private James
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A staunch opponent of slavery, John Brown, took part in a raid in Kansas in which he and his friends killed supporters of slavery. In an attempt to free the slaves, he also led the famous raid on Harper's Ferry. Students explore Brown's
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This dilemma depicts the fundamental civic problem that faces elected public officials on a daily basis. Should one vote in accord with the wishes of his/her constitutents or should one follow his/her conscience? What does it mean to be a
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After the Supreme Court refuses to stay the execution of a Federal prisoner, Simon Cruz, convicted of killing two drug kingpins, President Bartlet must decide whether or not to commute his sentence. The President philosophically opposes capital
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Should John Adams defend the British soldiers accused of killing civilians at the Boston Massacre? This dilemma reviews solid historical content while engaging students in a meaningful discussion/debate. Dilemma discussions, to use that hackneyed
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Can farmers live in peace with ranchers as the west is settled? Here is a lively discussion presenting the reasonable contentions of these opposing factions. Students will find what usually is a dry subject area rife with real conflict and
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Two African American women, Mrs. Brathwaite (Mattie) and Cora consider joining Dr. King's march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 7, 1965. Voting rights have been denied blacks for decades. Marching will be risky and potentially
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David and his friend Michael work in the same grocery store. They both sign a contract specifically requiring the reporting of any employee stealing to the owners. David uncovers Michael taking produce. David says he is giving the food to a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Social Studies teacher, supervisor twenty-eight years. U.S. History, A.P. Economics, American Government, A.P. American Government & Politics, Law in American Society, Personal Economics. Chaired various professional development committees including Master Learning, Response to Nation at Risk, Curriculum Development, Social Studies electives. Served on Elected Teachers Council.

MY TEACHING STYLE

At the risk of being overly simplistic, I would humbly suggest that the word development encapsulates what I hold to be the essence of what attracted me to education as a career in the first place and what has nourished and informed my teaching to this day. For the majority of my career I have tried to share with as many colleagues as possible my developmentally informed educational teaching style. Specifically I have tried to glean from the research and theory of Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg insights into how best to stimulate, nourish and foster every student’s personal growth in a variety of ways. I have worked hard to develop student cognitive reasoning as they advance from Piaget’s concrete operational stage to formal operational thinking and their moral reasoning through Kohlberg's stages of moral development. I have learned and tried to share with others, the insight that without a sound grounding in these adolescent stages of development, the best lessons of history, literature, philosophy, government, economics and most complex disciplines can never be fully appreciated and confronted, much less mastered. How can a student understand the majesty of our democracy as eloquently penned by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that “governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed†without a solid intellectual base grounded in the Piaget and Kohlberg typologies.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Carnegie Mellon University Doctorate History/Education 1988 University of Northern Illinois Administrative Certification Principal/Asst. Superintendent Department Chair Certification University of Chicago (summer) 1978 University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A Political Science University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A. Political Science

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Have had dissertation translated by Israeli Ministry of Education for training of teachers. Similar treatment in Japan at Institute of Moralogy, Kashiwa Presenter at NCSS, ASCD, PDK, NMSA, AME for over thirty years. Conducted workshops in/at Israel, Japan, UCLA, Harvard University, University of Akron