Student Voice Drives Curriculum

Reading the U.S. Constitution is not a priority of my 8th grade students. At this point in the year their genuine interest has built about the Constitution, but the actual want to read a document written in 1787 is not on this "Must Do" list. This year we have the extra challenge of students transitioning... Continue Reading →

Revolutions as Infographics

A huge part of the teenage experience in 2020 is living and learning through images. Students are bombarded by images through their social media. They absorb the majority of their information through images, so it is necessary that they begin to learn the skills that drive media. The skill of synthesizing information from facts to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Where are the systems?

This morning I was out on my daily run listening to Atomic Habits by James Clear. I am usually listening to books or podcasts as I run since it gives me the space to let new ideas bounce around my head. This morning the information was more thought provoking than usual. James Clear was introducing... Continue Reading →

How?

We are tackling social contract theory through the framework of eduScrum. It took quiet sometime to try to map this idea out for myself never mind figure out how to make it digestible for 8th grade students. I created the driving questions, the task statement and the celebration criteria. I made a template for the... Continue Reading →

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