For Teachers

I am happy to share any resources on this site with teachers.  Please feel free to download any activities and use them with your own classes.  Also feel free to email and request materials in an editable format.  I am happy to provide them to you.  

An online resource kit for teachers with lots of resources to "globalize" your classroom.

An article outlining our country's decline in creative thinking.  It accompanies my Choose Your Own Adventure - Creativity Crisis presentation.

An article making the case that history education - one that emphasizes research and critical thinking - is vital to the future of our economy.  It accompanies my Choose Your Own Adventure - Creativity Crisis presentation.

A set of 60 creative activities that can accompany any history unit of study.  

An eight lesson curriculum useful in any World History class.  Turkey is the site of many important points in World History.  This curriculum would allow students to dive a little deeper into one geographical area during their survey World History class which is normally somewhat shallow due to its breadth.  By focusing on Turkey students can better follow a place through time allowing them to see up close the different time periods.

How did apprenticeships work in medieval Europe?  How do apprenticeships work in modern Germany?  How do the two compare? In this lesson, students will learn about the apprenticeship program in Europe.  They will learn the reasons for the development of the system, how it worked, and how it changed the daily life of people in medieval Europe.  To make the connection from the past to today, students will research modern day apprenticeships in Germany. They will learn how modern apprenticeships work and how they are beneficial to the German economy.

In this lesson students will virtually visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum in London to find the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith in works of art.  Each work of art in the virtual tour will help explain different tenets or beliefs of the Islamic faith.  Also with each work of art, students will be directed to other sources that help explain things with more depth.  The goal is to answer two questions: 1.  What are the 5 Pillars of Islam?   2.  How does art reflect and support religious beliefs and practice?

Each year I give my students "souvenir" to help them remember where we have "traveled" through history during the year.  They keep the souvenirs in a souvenir (ziploc) bag with holes punched making it possible to keep it in their binders.  We also keep a Souvenir Shopping Log with each item and what the item represents.  At the end of the year students are able to use the items and the list in review activities.  I got the idea from the website/book entitled The History of the World in 100 Objects.  In this folder you will find a list of souvenirs, a blank shopping log, and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint I use.  

Sometimes I use CNN Student News as a bellringer for my World History Class.  This link will take you to the handouts I give students to complete while watching.  The handout is designed for showing CNN Student News three days per week.  Here is a link to the show.  

This is the presentation from a workshop I led for pre-service teachers at Appalachian State University and at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference.  The workshops were about several resources available to teachers that connect students and/or teachers with the world. The screenshots of websites link to those websites.

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