60 Minutes: Confederate Monuments

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.Continue reading “60 Minutes: Confederate Monuments”

Welcome to My New Classroom

As some of you are aware I changed schools this past school year. I will now be teaching U.S. and World History (regular and AP for both) at Lumpkin County High School. I’m really excited for this excellent opportunity as well as the challenge of taking on AP level curriculum for both of these subjectContinue reading “Welcome to My New Classroom”

Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 3)

Bulletin boards can be a unique and useful tool in education if used properly. Due to a lack of funds and resources, field trips to historical sites and structures can represent a challenge. Bulletin Boards help fill that void through visual stimulation. Objects on the board can grab the attention of students, make them think and/orContinue reading “Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 3)”

Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 2)

In a previous post I wrote about the new project I instituted in my United States History classes which deals with the Confederate Battle Flag. In short, the goal of the activity is to have students reflect on how they view the flag and to evaluate that view as the school year progresses. You can readContinue reading “Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 2)”

Wrestler to Pin Cancer

One of the perks of my job as a high school wrestling coach is the opportunity to work with truly incredible kids. Take for example recent graduate and future Sooner Ryan Millhof. Ryan was a sophomore when I first joined the Collins Hill staff. He placed second in state as a Freshman, losing to anotherContinue reading “Wrestler to Pin Cancer”

“What Does the Confederate Battle Flag Mean to You?”

I decided to inhale my lunch today so I could blog this while it was fresh on my mind. On the first day back from Spring Break we, as a class, began our unit on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. While discussing the States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrats) convention in 1948, and theContinue reading ““What Does the Confederate Battle Flag Mean to You?””

Falling Behind

I have yet to come up with a catchy title for a bullet list of mini-posts as good as Andy Hall’s Canister or Brooks Simpson’s News and Notes. I am also still wrapped up in my incredible experience at the 37th annual Appalachian Studies Association conference at Marshall University. My next several posts will likely be about that experience, butContinue reading “Falling Behind”