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Curriculum History Uncovering History

Uncovering Apartheid

UPDATE: I have created a webpage with a lesson plan and links to specific resources for the activity described below. While looking for some primary sources to make a short unit on Modern Africa more student-centered I came across a trove of primary sources at the South African Government’s site for Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. […]

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E-Learning Instructional Design

Design Matters

As I get ready to start another e-learning course I’m thinking back to last fall’s online Politics and Law course.  Beyond the communication and motivation issues, I am convinced that design of the moodle site was another barrier to student work completion.  Any problems in design were exacerbated by a lower level of student tech […]

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Curriculum History

2011 MN Social Standards: a step forward

I just submitted a letter supporting the proposed 2011 standards.  Guidelines for submitting are here.  While the standards are not perfect, in my view, they are definitely an improvement over what we have now and what we would get if the process becomes politicized.  Since there is organized opposition to the new standards I wanted […]

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Curriculum History

What is World History?

The idea of “World History” is relatively new.

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Curriculum History Uncovering History

Minnesota History Standards and Constructivism

In preparation for some district curriculum writing I have been examining the new Minnesota State social studies standards. They still need to be formally adopted into law by Governor Dayton.  A couple of state legislators have made some noise that they oppose the new standards, but there is no indication that Dayton will block them. […]

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E-Learning Instructional Design Politics and Law

Communicating Expectations

I’m continuing to reflect on how to better encouraging student work in online Politics and Law (guest access allowed) through better communication.  All of my students passed the course in the recent finished trimester, but that may have been due to  frequent reminders to students and parents.  In a larger class I might have the time for so […]

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E-Learning Instructional Design Politics and Law

Do Your Work!

This week I finished teaching my first online class, Politics and Law.  I was lucky to work with 8 good-natured seniors, and enjoyed the experience.  Throughout the class the greatest challenge that I faced was getting students to complete their assignments.  In some ways this was nothing new, in most regular level classes that I […]

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E-Learning Politics and Law TelePresence

TelePresence

I am nearing the end of my my first trimester teaching a blended Politics and Law class.  The blend is two days a week in a Cisco TelePresence room with the other days online. The technology is truly impressive; interactions with students at three other remote sites became natural very quickly.  The students seem to […]

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History Instructional Design Uncovering History

Using Primary Sources

My mind has turned toward history teaching again this week after a summer of Online Politics and Law curriculum writing.  August on the calendar has me thinking about the other classes that I will be teaching this fall: Global Studies and AP European History.  And, over last weekend I reviewed some US History curriculum as […]

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Instructional Design Politics and Law

Crossroads

I have been online a lot this summer, taking two online classes and writing another.  I was already signed up for Instructional Design in Online Learning through UW Stout (Educ 763) as part of Stout’s E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program when I learned that I would be writing and then teaching Online Politics and Law. […]