I reflected recently on my students voting results for the 2016 election. They self reported in their personal blogs who they would vote for after having watched at least two of the presidential debates in the fall of 2016. My biggest surprise was the 13 abstentions.
Interesting article from Teaching Tolerance about interpretations of history after conflicts arising from the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
I am still pondering this NPR article “Taking Notes by Hand” and the effects of using technology instead of pen and paper. What are your thoughts? I think I like the idea of using technology for generative notetaking. I am not sure the tech is ready yet but that wil be my point of entry.
The debate about student grit is now veering toward and over empahsis. Subjectively, it seems logical that kids with grit generally tend to be more successful because they are simply resilient when confronted with challenges. Here are some articles I will be digging into on the subject
Students taking AP US or Comparative Government & Politics should bookmark the following sites for regular access and ease next school year.
1. Class website: (I will update the calendar over the summer)
2. You Tube playlists
EMHSgoppel [Twitter is not required but I use it to share info]
AP US Gov – If you are going to be busy at the first of the year with school activities like band, football, softball, or volleyball, you might consider reading and taking notes over the following readings and or videos to get a head start on class before school starts. You will not have work to turn in but you will have quizzes and tests over the standards so prepare in a way that will help you master the material for assessment.
AP Comparative – If you are taking AP Comp Gov we will spend the minimum time on Financial Literacy in order to give us maximum time to fit Financial Literacy, US Gov, and Comparative Gov in the school year. You will have readings and videos to watch every night. You should consider doing the work ahead of time, especially if you will have work or school activities. You will not have work to turn in but you will have quizzes and tests over the standards so prepare in a way that will help you master the material for assessment.
3. Readings and PowerPoints [Oklahoma State Dept of Education]
—-Focus on main concepts and vocabulary. The assessments are often based from these materials.
4. Better Money Habits Videos [Khan Academy and Bank of America]
—-There are four categories to choose from at the top of the page.
Why should you care about the recent highly contested presidential election in Nigeria?
- Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa!
- Nigeria recently surpassed South Africa with the African continent’s largest economy!
- Nigeria is a major producer of oil and natural gas with large reserves, too!
- Nigeria is an ally of the United States!
Nigeria’s sitting president just lost the election. The first sitting to president to lose an election. We will see how the nation responds to change in presidents and parties. Hopefully this will be a silent revolution with no more bloodshed than has already occurred. Keep an eye on Nigeria.