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This isn't your grandparents' world history class...

Take a minute to ask your grandparents how they learned history when they were in school. Go on, ask them. I'm willing to bet there was a lot of:

*reading chapters from the textbook.
*defining the terms in bold.
*answering questions at the end of the chapter.
*a ton of memorization of dates, places, and events.



A DIFFERENT APPROACH

In this class, students will be pushed, pushed, pushed! I want my students to go way beyond memorization (as that is the lowest level of cognitive learning.) I want students to understand and apply what they are investigating in class. One thing all of my students and their parents should realize is that my class focuses on the process of learning (not just the grade.) This means that students might not receive straight A's or 100's--and that is ok! It is sometimes a challenge for students to adjust to focusing on the learning process moreso than the grade. 

In Mrs. Verner's class students will...

*use critical thinking.
*think like a historian.
*develop historical understanding based on primary & secondary source evidence.
*learn to question and evaluate sources.
*go beyond finding and reciting historical facts.
*evaluate historical sources.
*engage critical and historical thinking in Socratic seminars.
*explore and experiment with different methods of taking notes.
*connect today's world events to what we're studying.
*question historical actions and evaluate their consequences.
*annotate historical text.
*determine bias / author's purpose in historical text.
*participate in simulations that immerse students in historical scenarios.
*use 21st Century Skills known as the 4 C's: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, & communication

 

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