- Teaching with Montana: Stories of the Land provided links to the textbook's rich companion website, information about the new username and password (Teachers/Agate), and information about the one-hour online training that folks can take for one OPI renewal unit.
- Summer Reading was another look back, with link to particularly popular posts, including "Evidence Analysis Window Frames" and "Teaching Indian Literature and/or Literature about Indians."
- Newsela talks about the Newsela website, which offers nonfiction text (including news articles and primary sources) at multiple reading levels.
- Salt Dough Maps provides a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) on this popular classroom project.
- Can We Find a Teachable Moment through the Smoke? suggested resources to teach about the history of fire and fire policy.
- Montana and the Great War talks about the new resources available through the Montana Historical Society's World War I website, including lesson plans, one of which is discussed at length in RAFT Writing and World War I.
If these posts don't strike your fancy but you still want to troll Teaching Montana History for new ideas, lesson plans, or resources, I suggest visiting the website and scrolling down until you see "Labels" on the righthand side of the page. Then simply click on what interests you--art, contemporary Montana, elementary, IEFA, teaching strategies. ... You get the idea. (I haven't been entirely consistent in how I've tagged entries over the last seven (!) years, but the tags make a good starting point for exploration.)
p.s. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy 2018! I'm taking the week off, but the genie in the computer is hard at work. Hence this email.