For 3 years I taught every social studies prep (grades 6-12) at a small private school. When I switched to one prep at a public school I started to develop more layers and differentiation in my lessons. From 2014-2015, I taught Texas history (7th grade). From 2015-2016 I taught Texas history and American history (8th grade). And now I'm only teaching 8th grade.
Basically I employ 4 types of lesson formats. 1) My standard or conventional lesson involves a warm-up, note-taking, and activities that reinforce the content and develop social studies skills such as analyzing graphs, maps, primary/secondary sources, etc. 2) Stations: students rotate from stations 1-3 or 1-4 depending on the class size; each station features a different activity. 3) Video analysis: students complete "fill-in-the-blank" movie guides while watching a documentary or movie. I write each number on the board and erase each number as we get through the video so all students can keep up. 4) Internet activities: students use a worksheet to complete an interactive game or exercise in the computer lab. Of course, if you aren't building relationships and developing strong procedures, these lessons are worthless.
I was honored with the Barnes and Noble "My Favorite Teacher Award" in 2011.
Graduated from the University of Houston in 2010 with a BA in history and a minor in political science.
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