The History Wizard

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The History Wizard
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"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it." - Karl Marx
 
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By The History Wizard
This is a nice little activity I designed for the first week of school when I introduce the kids to the concept of periodization. Basically, they are given a bag full of cut-outs that contain a bunch of "puzzle pieces." These pieces include the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
7 ratings
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By The History Wizard
* Very interactive, higher level thinking activity in which students research various examples of imperialism around the world in groups. * Each group picks a case study and creates a PowerPoint that explains the root causes, events, and
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$2.99
3 ratings
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By The History Wizard
This lesson is intended to be a one-day activity in which students get to play archaeologist and decipher artifacts from the Indus River Valley, or Harappan culture. It's interesting and it gets them out of their seats for a while, which they
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Geography
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Simulations
$2.99
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By The History Wizard
This is a one-day activity that requires computers with access to the internet and YouTube. It is a web quest that sends the kids to sites with information on the Kingdom of Mali, the Kingdom of Ethiopia, the Swahili city-states and Great Zimbabwe.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, African History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Homework, Webquests, Video Files
$1.99
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By The History Wizard
This PowerPoint is one of the most memorable lessons you will ever conduct in class. It introduces African history to students in a way that will make them fascinated by the topic. I included a 30 minute instructional video in which I explain
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, African History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Games, Prezis
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By The History Wizard
These are some colorful wall posters I made that help to illustrate the major themes of AP World History (or any other social studies class, really). 1. Step one, print these handouts out in color 2. Step two, glue them to some construction
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Word Walls, Posters
$3.00
3 ratings
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By The History Wizard
These are some colorful wall posters I made that help to illustrate the major themes of AP World History (or any other social studies class, really). 1. Step one, print these handouts out in color 2. Step two, glue them to some construction
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Word Walls, Printables, Posters
$3.00
1 rating
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By The History Wizard
This is an incredibly fun role-playing activity that I use to liven up the unit on the end of the Ottoman Empire. It is a role-playing activity that mimics a "Meet the Press" style political talk show. Four students volunteer to play the roles of
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Simulations
$2.99
2 ratings
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By The History Wizard
These are some colorful wall posters I made for my Geography and History classes that explain various religious holidays from different faiths and cultures. If you print them out in color and laminate them, they are a nice little addition to the
Subjects:
World History, Geography, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Word Walls, Printables, Posters
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By The History Wizard
http://www.learner.org/courses/worldhistory/ The site Bridging World History is an essential tool for any new AP World History teacher. The video content on that site is VERY closely aligned with the College Board curriculum. One of the
Subjects:
European History, World History, Geography
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Multimedia, Scaffolded Notes
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught mostly AP classes for almost a decade. The classes I've mastered include AP World History, AP European History, and AP Human Geography.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I strongly believe in what I call the "Three Es of Teaching." They are expectations, empathy, and enthusiasm. I design all of my projects, assignments, and assessments with very high academic expectations. I'm not content with having students simply regurgitate the bare minimum facts they need to pass a standardized test. I want them to think DEEPLY about the big questions that history raises -- I want them to use history to understand the world we live in today. At the end of my class, I hope that every student grasps the fact that HISTORY MATTERS! To make them feel this way, you have to challenge them to think at a higher level than rote memorization. However, high expectations must be tempered with empathy. High expectations without the love and support of your teacher just seem cruel. You have to let your students know that while you expect them to move mountains for you, you're gonna be there right beside them, fighting tooth-and-nail to help them achieve their goals. They have to feel like "we are in it together, and we can do it!" Lastly, I am not at all ashed to wear my love for the discipline of history on my sleeve while I'm teaching. Enthusiasm is infectious, and if you aren't afraid to "nerd out" and show just how utterly AWESOME you feel this stuff is, that enthusiasm will eventually rub off on your students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award from Texas Humanities (Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), Teacher of the Month several times, "Umbrella Award" for teaching, Semi-finalist for HEB Excellence in Education Award, selected by 20 students as their most inspiring teacher at the annual Summa Cum Laude ceremony at my high school.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Certificate of International Studies from Palo Alto College. My Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree are both in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My biggest joys in the classroom are those moments where we bring history to live, where we have an in-depth Socratic discussion over a controversial reading and connect it to the events of today. I love to take my students on summer trips outside the country, to see the history we read about first-hand. We take regular trips to the local art museum. These are some of the greatest moments for me, as a teacher. Last year, one cohort of students finished an AMAZING project, in which they compiled and self-published a book of original historical essays. It is called "Turning Points in World History"and can be purchased on Amazon.com. All the proceeds go to the charity Doctors Without Borders!

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