Ms Vagabond Vera

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By Ms Vagabond Vera
I teach United States History II to 11th graders. I always kick off a unit with an activator that is usually a drawing or political cartoon. I find having the drawing projected as the students enter the room helps to get the class rolling. I will
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Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
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Inside you will find an activator I like to pass out after the first scene that shows the assimilated immigrants interacting with the "new" immigrant off the boat. I find this allows for some discussion before getting into the film.
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Social Studies - History, U.S. History
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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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I like to use these viewing questions when showing Hester Street for my unit on immigration. They make for great discussion points during and after the film. Use with my Hester Street film activator.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Prior to teaching a was a tour guide at the local Museum in my home city of Lynn, Massachusetts. I have taught World History, United States Histories I & II in an urban public high school for seven years. I have taught grades 9-12. Currently I teach United States History II to the 11th grade and an elective course on the history of my hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts/New England to the 11th and 12th grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is down to earth. I teach in an urban public school just north of Boston and my students have varying degrees of needs. From being lower income to English not being their first language, my first and foremost priority is to make sure they are comfortable in the classroom. These needs are difficult to manage within the confines of the classroom. I incorporate empathy into my teaching style. I want my students to first know that I am on their side- then I can delve into content.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I am the unofficial connoisseur and enthusiast of Lynn's history at my school and larger community. Read about some of my work in the community here: https://www.itemlive.com/2016/02/29/classical-teacher-digs-deep-to-bind-students-to-their-past/ http://lynnhappens.com/2016/03/31/introducing-re-vision-lynn-lynn-classical-students/ I have been accepted into three National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes over the past seven years. In 2013, I spent one month in Chicago studying the Gilded Age with 30 school teachers from around the country. In 2014, I spent three weeks in Western North Carolina to retrace part of the Trail of Tears and work on how to bring lessons on Cherokee history to the classroom. Finally in 2016, I spent a week in Lowell, Massachusetts to sharpen my skills on the Industrial Revolution and bring those skills back to my class room.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my undergraduate degree in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2006 and my master's degree in Public History at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My additional passions include local food activism, collecting vintage clothes, adventuring, and mixed martial arts.

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