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)”

“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?””

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 6 (The Last Part)

Wel,l we wrapped up things at the Fed. with one last activity. It was a U.S. History activity but it focused primarily on Economic aspects. The activity, however, was engaging and I think I may incorporate that into the classroom at one point. We split into numerous “Expert Groups”. In these group, members went throughContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 6 (The Last Part)”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 5

Finally getting to a U.S. assignment. Sadly though, it was an activity far too familiar. Well, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Basically we recreated Henry Ford’s assembly line and specialization of labor. In groups, we created paper folded footballs. On a worksheet we were able to calculate expenditures vs time vs footballs made vsContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 5”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 4

Lunch break is over. And to get the ball rolling, they are showing us the latest episode of “No-Frills Money Skills” produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. That might have been the corniest video I have ever seen. After the video, the speaker introduced us to the Federal Reserve Education site. This is aContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 4”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 2

We are getting the ECON Lowdown, lowdown. This is a Fed. sponsored website and it costs teachers nothing. The sign-up process is comparable to other online systems. Enter name, email, school info. for records, etc. etc. My only note on signing up for the program is DO NOT use your school E-Mail. County network firewallsContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 2”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 1

Well, after sitting in Atlanta traffic for what seemed like a lifetime, I finally arrived. After going through security, a guide led me up stairs. This place is beyond luxurious. You can really see those tax dollars at work. The workshop itself is not in an auditorium  this year, but rather a big conference roomContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 1”

Live From the Fed Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be attending the Dynamic Teaching Tools workshop at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. I am hoping it will be a fun learning experience to better equip me to teach teenagers about history. As I mentioned before, I plan on blogging “live” as the workshop progresses throughout the day.  My goal isContinue reading “Live From the Fed Tomorrow”