This stack of papers…..this stack of papers…
I’m definitely one of those teachers. I love teaching; I hate grading papers. I’m sure there are more of us than not. Regardless, I keep giving writing assignments to my students. Call me crazy, but I’d rather see students reflect on what they learned rather than circle answers. There is a lot to be said for this type of self reflection. Yesterday my AP U.S. History students concluded a unit on the American Civil War and Reconstruction with an exam…something I am currently grading. As a bookend to the unit I gave them something fresh.
As reported elsewhere, 60 minutes ran a brilliant segment on the ongoing debate surrounding Confederate Monuments. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. I decided to give it to my AP students as a bit of a reflection assignment. It was an opportunity to take the lessons of history and reflect on how these lessons can inform decisions in the present. To help them, I provided students with guided questions to encourage analysis of each segment and subject in the report.
Let me know what you think of the questions or if you would any or subtract any. I’m looking forward to the responses. Until then [looks scornfully at stack of essays]…get over here beautiful.