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Did Reconstruction accomplish it's goals? Were African Americans granted the rights given in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments? In this activity students will examine the Reconstruction time period through primary source images, quotes and text.
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This Social Studies Strategies for Success is a guide book full of engaging, purposeful teaching strategies that provide students a rich learning experience. You will be able to use this binder full of activities all year long! This strategy
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Are you looking for an engaging way to review for your Civil War unit? Try this lesson on the Events Leading to the Civil War! This is an activity to review the events leading to the Civil War. It is perfect for a formative assessment or a review
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This is an activity to review the events leading to the Texas Revolution and major events in the revolution. It is perfect for a formative assessment or a review activity prior to a test. Your ELL learners will benefit from activities such as this
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Do your students truly understand why they are taking a history class? Why not teach them in a fun activity? Turn your students into historians as they dig through artifacts, analyze primary sources and read information about history. This lesson
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Teach the geography of Texas in an exciting way - take your kids on an imaginary bus tour as they learn all about the Regions of Texas. Which is the best Texas region to live in? Students will explore this essential question as they take an
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What lasting impact did the establishment of the Spanish missions have on Texas? Your students will explore this essential question in a reading and visual activity. Students will begin the activity by examining images associated with the Spanish
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In this activity, students will learn about the Texas Revolution as they visit four different stations in a museum-like experience. At each station, your students will be exposed to primary source images, quotations, maps and readings as they learn
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Texas was once a part of Mexico and impacted by its history. How did the war for Mexican Independence from Spain impact Texas? In this lesson, students will learn about the Mexican Independence movement, Father Hidalgo, the expedition of Gutiérrez
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Imagine that you are one of the Alamo walls in 1836. What would you have seen? Experienced? In this activity you will challenge your students to write a story describing what they would have experienced if they had been at the Battle of the Alamo
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Are you just starting your Interactive Student Notebook journey with your students? Have you implemented Interactive Students Notebooks, but you are frustrated with the results you are getting from your students? Try this activity with your students
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Buy Texas History lessons for the entire year and save! In this bundle, you will receive all of my Texas History lessons – from the beginning of school through the Modern Era. Each of these lessons involve an Interactive Student Notebook component
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Were the conquistadors heroes or villains? Let your students decide through this engaging activity. In this lesson your students will begin with an anticipation guide on actions of a hero or a villain. You can increase learning by turning this
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Texas History Bundle Buy it all and save 25%! Purchase the bundle of Texas History activities for huge savings! In this bundle, you will receive 14 different Texas History lessons. Each of these lessons involve an Interactive Student Notebook
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Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar were two dynamic, yet different, presidents of the Republic of Texas. In this activity, your students will explore these differences while learning about the issues that impacted the Republic of Texas. Your
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What was life really like in Texas during the Civil War? How do we know? What can your students learn from analyzing artifacts from the past? This lesson is designed to help students better understand the effects of the Civil War in Texas. Students
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What are just reasons for war? Your students will explore the Mexican-American War in a reading and visual activity. Students will begin the activity by participating in a 4 Corner Debate associated with causes of the Mexican-American War. They
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The annexation of Texas was a hotly debated issue. It is one of the key turning points in both American and Texas history. What were the issues that were involved? Allow your students to explore the annexation of Texas in this activity. Students
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Texas Revolution - The Law (Decree) of April 6, 1830 Allow your students to experience the emotions involved with the Law of April 6, 1830. This activity will invoke the emotions felt by the colonists after the decree. Your students will begin to
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Declaration of Independence Puzzle Review the preamble to the Declaration of independence with this fun puzzle! Student will piece together this quote: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For more than 23 years, I have brought my love of Social Studies to teachers and students. My journey includes a variety of roles – classroom teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, university professor, and professional development trainer. Working with middle school students has been one of the highlights of my career. After thirteen years in the classroom, I transitioned into the role of an instructional coach based on a high school campus. This window into other teachers’ classrooms motivated my inner calling to improve social studies instruction. I realized how important front line education is to changing the way students react to and learn from the important life lessons Socials Studies has to share. My next step was to central office. I served a district of over 55,000 students as a Social Studies Coordinator. My goal of improving Social Studies instruction increased as I worked with over 600 K-12 Social Studies teachers to implement transformative Social Studies education. In my current role,  I provide professional development, consulting services and resources to Social Studies teachers. I want every child to understand the importance of Social Studies in their life – and every teacher to have the tools to reach them.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I live and breathe Social Studies instruction. I have taught Social Studies to either students or teachers for over 22 years. I started out as a classroom teacher teaching both 7th grade Texas History and 8th grade US History. In 2006, I transitioned out of the classroom into the role of an Instructional Coach on a high school for a Social Studies department. Four years later I accepted the position as a Social Studies Coordinator for a school district in Texas. In addition to working with teachers in a school district, I teach a Methods of Teaching Social Studies class at the university level. I now travel the United States, training teachers in Social Studies methodology and sharing great ideas for Social Studies instruction.

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Who's Who Among Teachers Texas State Teacher of the Year

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University Master's Degree from Texas A&M University

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