In today's classroom, the education we provide has to relevant to the lives of our students. We need them to learn to apply what they have learned. This can be done in a number of ways: websites, videos, but a main one that tends to get over looked is MUSIC. All of our students, when permitted, would love to put their headphone in all day and listen to their favorite music as they work (some kiddos are by far more productive while listening to music). We need to use this passion of theirs to reinforce the content that we are covering in class. Low and behold, studying just became relevant and assessments can be done in a way that kids look forward to showing you what they know. Here is an example of what I mean:
If we begin to bring their world into our classrooms, we will become more effective
This is a fantastic organization. If you teach Feudalism or the Middle Ages, you need to have this group come to your school. The will show you fighting techniques used during the middle ages. They come dressed in full medieval attire. They have a vast knowledge of the Middle Ages and put on a great show. You do need to book them early because it is a volunteer organization. They are a national organization, so make certain to go to their website (http://www.sca.org) and see who you need to contact to get them out to your school. This is a FREE demo for your students.
In April 2011, HISTORY® and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War by inviting all high school students in the U.S to participate in a national academic competition - the National Civil War Student Challenge. HISTORY and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be awarding over $30,000 in college scholarships to top scoring students. The National Civil War Challenge gives students the opportunity to learn more about this pivotal chapter in American history and showcase their knowledge through the online contest. The Challenge takes place online from April 7th-9th; students can register today and will receive a reminder email before the Challenge starts on April 7th, 2011.
Visit us online at http://www.civilwarchallenge.com to learn more--registration for students is now open
The National Civil War Student Challenge website also includes:
• An overview of the Challenge, key dates, and prize details
• Educator Resources including posters to display in your school
• Learn about incentives--teachers can receive free resources if your student is a finalist
• Civil War resources and links--a study guide will be available March 21st!
Encourage your students to register today and play the practice game at http://www.civilwarchallenge.com!
Click on the picture below to be take to the video that talks about the Civil War Challenge.
Thanks, Mrs. Hames, for submitting this!!!