I teach a little bit of Irish history every year. Even though it’s not really in the seventh grade curriculum anymore (except for the fact that the Irish helped build the Erie Canal), I still sneak in a day to discuss Irish immigration. Many of my students have Irish heritage, so they are easily interested in the subject. For some reason, they find the darkness of the famine really compelling.
Whenever possible, I try to incorporate music into my history classes. With my high school classes, I teach the full American History. Therefore, it’s rather easy to find music to play for the 20th century.
When I was a new teacher, I found the loss of classroom supplies maddening and infuriating. In particular, pencil loss ticked me off on a daily basis. I would loan out pencils every day, and they would just disappear, into the oblivion, never to be seen again.
I absolutely love listening to podcasts in my spare time. It’s an easy way to delve in to history topics I know little about, and it provides an alternative to reading. I can listen to a podcast on my morning walk with the dog, or when I’m cleaning up a garden bed. History podcasts often focus on forgotten history, or smaller stories that are missed by textbooks or survey courses, and they help me to make connections in my own understanding.
Let’s admit it. This past election year has been really tough for teachers. Although we want to talk about political issues, and we want to give our students the tools to sort through those issues, it’s very difficult to do so when the country is so fractured politically. I’ve never seen my students so demoralized or disheartened by the political process.
I’ve been working with inquiry based learning for the past few years. As soon as it was introduced as a concept for teaching and learning, I immediately began to adapt my curriculum. I love the way that it compels students to think about history and analyze history, and not just memorize specific events.
I’m done! I’ve now created a test bank for each of the time periods in AP U.S. History! I’m so excited to have these as a resource for my classroom, and be able to offer these a resource for other frustrated AP U.S. History teachers. With the completion of these Period 6 Multiple Choice, I can now offer a combination package as a bundle.
I’m almost there! This is my latest set of APUSH Stimulus Based Multiple Choice, and I’m only one set away from a full test bank. I’m very excited about finishing these, and then having a nice full set of extra questions to use for my classes. I use these on tests, but I also use them for review or practice. Other teachers use them as bell ringers. What have you decided to use them for?
Edited to note that while this post was written for Social Studies, these practices can carry over easily to any other subject. Both the Math and the ELA teacher at my grade level have adopted very similar practices.
I’ve finished another batch of Multiple Choice! This set includes 40 stimulus based multiple choice and 4 short answer for the Period 4 section of the APUSH exam. Again, these took me some time, and I thought carefully about every questions written. I’ve recently posted them on teachers pay teachers, and you can find them as the following link – APUSH Period 4 Stimulus Based Multiple Choice and Short Answer Questions.