Monday, June 24, 2013

6th Grade, Here I Come!

Well, it's been official for awhile, but I haven't said anything online yet.  I will not be teaching 3rd grade next year and am moving up to the 6th grade level in a middle school.  This was my choice and I couldn't be more happy about it!  I will also only be teaching one subject for this first year, which is Social Studies (my fav!).  I have so many ideas that I can't contain them and I'm looking forward to a new experience with a grade level I already know I love.

With this change from elementary to middle, I've had lots of professional development so far this summer.  I'll be leaving for California in July for another training on AVID, a program at my new school.  It's been hard to absorb it all coming after a very stressful year, but I've got a break for a few weeks to unwind a little bit.

I haven't had time to work on any new products lately, but during my PD, I did run across an amazing resource for social studies teachers that I wanted to share.  It's called 'Reading Like a Historian' from the Stanford History Education Group.  Maybe you've already heard of it, but if not, you should really check it out!  We had one of the founders come and speak to us for the day and I was really impressed with how these lessons incorporate primary sources from a variety of viewpoints and get students to think critically about historical questions.  The website has tons of lessons that you can download with powerpoints and copies of the primary sources used.  The majority of the lessons come from U.S. history, but there are a dozen or so that I'll be using this year for world history.  If you click the screenshot below, it'll take you to the website.  If you've used these before, I'd love to know how it went.  I'm in no way affiliated with this group, but their lessons got me really excited about the upcoming year, so I thought I'd share! 

Hope your summers are going well for you!