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Declaration of Independence the Musical

When Middle School students are told they are going to engage with a primary source the feeling of the room shifts. The smiling faces disappear. The air becomes stagnant. All joy in the world has been stifled. Not even the worlds most famous break up letter brightens their faces. The Declaration of Independence is not... Continue Reading →

Boston Massacre Trial

SET THE STAGE One of the major skills I teach is argumentative writing. One would think that taking naturally argumentative pre-teens and harnessing that energy with be easy, unfortunately it is not. Students that can argue over grades, the pros and cons of wearing leggings at school and which football team will reach the Super... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Revolutions

The new unit on revolutions is content heavy. We are exploring the American road to revolution and the Revolutionary War. In the past students have created timelines that are a reference that will be used in the next unit when learning the U.S. Constitution. This year changed the project to involve a larger world view. ... Continue Reading →

Reflection and Rebuilding

Flying high off the success of our last project,  8th grade U.S. Government students are excited to start their new adventure.  They have been working with the same groups for the entire quarter and are ready to move forward with a dynamic new group. They enjoyed self-selecting their groups based on diverse qualities and skills... Continue Reading →

Visual Thinking in Government

The learning goal is for students to explore the power distribution and relationship between people and their governments. The hook is a lightning project. To hook students into this lesson time was used to up the level of anticipation. This project could be larger and could take more time, but the same learning goals can... Continue Reading →

Economics through Experience

Learning complex systems through simulations. Exploration of social contract theory raises the questions of why we have governments.  Analyzing different types of governments is the next step towards understanding the world around us.  Before launching into American history and government it is critical to define economic systems and types of governments that exist around the... Continue Reading →

End of Unit Products

Here we are! After launching off into our first EduScrum sprint we have finally reached the end. It is time to see the results of all of the hard work. Students began this project in September striving to answer the questions: How Should Power Be Distributed in a Stable Society? The history element of this... Continue Reading →

Atomic Habits

Change your world. Be who you want to be. Stop procrastinating and create the systems that will enable a new lifestyle. These are the actionable lessons behind the hugely successful Atomic Habits by James Clear. "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement."james Clear My Love of Habits In my early 20's a read The Power... Continue Reading →

Social Contract Meets 2020

The 8th graders are humming like bees in the spring. Passionate. Excited. Communicating and Collaborating. Connected between computer, communicating through plexiglass and masks. They are mastering content, learning transferable skills, and exploring the world. All through the eyes of a historian. How? Through the EduScrum framework students have tackled the driving question: How Should Power... Continue Reading →

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