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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Favorite Lessons: Followup

Over the last few weeks, I've posted your colleagues' favorite elementary, middle school, and high school lessons. At the end of each post I encouraged readers to send in other resources they loved. A few responded:

Billings elementary school librarian Ruth Ferris pointed us to JuxtaposeJS, which "helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and GIFs." According to ed tech guru Peter Pappas, the program is "ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (growth of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.)."

Three Forks Montana history teacher Pam Carey wrote: "One of my students' favorite lesson follows our completion of Chapter 8 - "Livestock and the Open Range" in the Montana history textbook.  I need to give credit to a good friend and History mentor Chris Fisk of Butte who shared this lesson when he presented at a MEA-MFT convention. After Chapter 8 completion students are grouped and prepare their version of "Cowboy Beans." We start with an old recipe and the add their secret ingredients.  We then prepare one day, cook overnight in crockpots, and hold a 5-12 tasting the next day for the winning batch.  Students coming into MT History always look forward to this event.  It is pretty fun since all the school winds up involved.  Cowboy Beans have evolved into a yearly event."

My colleague Tammy Troup was inspired by the projects described to recommend a new resource: "The project about writing a letter from the perspective of a Native sent to boarding school made me remember the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center. Definitely one to share with your list if you haven’t already."

P.S. Our second Online PLC meeting is this coming Monday, October 10, 4:00-4:30. Please join us! 
  • To receive renewal units and to gain access to all course information, you'll need to enroll in the course through OPI's Teacher Learning Hub.
  • During our first meeting of the Online PLC (in September) we focused on the content/big ideas/enduring understandings we wanted our Montana history students to walk away with. (You can find some of our collected thoughts on this here.) On Monday we're going to focus on the SKILLS we want our students to learn. There's a "write your way in" that people are encouraged to complete ahead of time. Access it here.

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