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Opting Out

The New York Times is on a mission to ensure the “opt-out movement” gets as much press as needed. My opinion is probably a little uninformed and half-baked, but that’s never stopped me before. The debate about testing and standards and … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach Genocide When You Haven’t Seen the Movie?

As a break between the APWH exam and the Global History and Geography Regents exam in June I am experimenting with a Choices unit on genocide. I need to find the right balance between the Choices lesson structure and my usual class … Continue reading

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The Week After

My students were WAY too confident coming out of the APWH exam. After reading the 2015 Free Response Questions I know why they were confident. I also know why I’m terrified. This year’s questions were incredibly fair and straightforward, although … Continue reading

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Does Not Exist in the Abstract

The Common Core is a potential step forward for history curriculum nationwide. It actually has history standards, but makes little reference to historical thinking (e.g., sourcing, contextualization, corroboration). For the Common Core to seriously address historical thinking (and, ultimately, critical thinking), we need to … Continue reading

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Big, Big Plans Hatching in My Brain

Yesterday my students took the second interim assessment – 22 multiple choice questions, 4 “short answer” DBQ style questions, and 1 short essay. Over the next few weeks I’m going to do some “deep excavations” of their performance on different … Continue reading

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