05.12.2014 Madison Southern High School TAH Teachers
For the past 4 years a majority of the Social Studies department at Madison Southern have been involved in the Teaching American History Grant. It is a federal grant designed to equip American History educators with the skills and resources to teach 21st century kids. Teachers (pictured above left to right), Deana Abbott, Courtney Nestor, Doug Martin, and Melissa Grant have all been involved in this project and received many free trainings and supplies to enhance their class room teaching. During the past four years they have participated in and attended workshops to employ activities such as gallery walks, class discussion, and document analyses. The project has been highlighted with a trip to New York City the first summer of the project, 2011, and will end with a trip to Washington D.C. this summer. Participants really credit Clabe Slone, project coordinator, with making it a great success. Deana Abbott stated “We are really going to miss the project, but we have received benefits that will impact our instruction for years to come.”
05.09.2014 TAH: A Teachers Perspective
As a teacher I am always looking for new ways to improve my teaching skills and to learn and experience new things. For the past two years I have been a participant in the TAH grant. TAH stands for Teaching American History. This grant has provided me with training on new perspectives in history, taught me how to use primary and secondary resources, and provided me with a number of resources and links on the computer. A big part of the training this year involved the use of Kagan, which teaches you how to use different strategies to teach in the classroom. I found that I was already using many of the strategies, but learned new ways to apply them to history. This grant also has allowed me to visit sites in New York City that I would never have been able to do and is taking us to Gettysburg, Mount Vernon and Washington DC.
I gained more knowledge, and got to visit important sites in history because of participating in this grant. Opportunities like this are very important to our teachers. The benefits of such are program are immense. We learn about new strategies, varying perspectives and get to revisit important historical events. This inspires us to be better teachers and to pass that inspiration on to our students. This is my last year teaching, and I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity. I hope they continue to offer such opportunities in the future to our dedicated teachers.
Casey County High School
Liberty, Ky. 42539
04.11.2014 National History Day Judging @ MSU
TAH Teachers traveled to Morehead State University on April 5, 2014 and participated in the Regional National History Day as Judges for the Kentucky Historical Society. The event held right under 500 students who displayed their projects. These included website designs, poster boards, performances, and student interviews. It was a great event with many wonderful ideas on historical themes and awesome student work! We were blown away by the details that many of these young students displayed. Judging the student work was not an easy task, however, many of us learned the value of how projects such as these, can engage all students. More importantly, we have also learned how National History Day can be incorporated with the C3 Framework, the platform that the Kentucky Department of Education is using to create the new anticipated Social Studies Standards.
The Kentucky Historical Society will be presenting at our Teaching American History Network Summit on June 17/18, at Eastern Kentucky University. More information can be discussed with KHS or Cheryl Caskey who coordinates these events state wide every year. The State event for the National History Day is set for April 26, 2014 at the University of Louisville. State winners will then proceed to the National Level. We wish all students the very best of luck!
03.26.2014 Dr. Kathy Swan | C3 Framework - Breaking Bad Social Studies!!
03.22.2014 TAH Grant Oscar Style!
The Oscars have nothing on this TAH Group!
On March 14, 2014 our Teaching American History Grant held
its last cadre meeting with our FLAG teachers for the 2013-2014 school
year. Dr. Resor was on hand to give the
group her last presentation at the cadre level. The group decided to end the day in Oscar fashion and made a statement
with an Oscar Style photo!
TAH teachers have enjoyed all of the experiences and stories
from Dr. Resor with in depth discussions on historical content that they have
been able to take back to their classrooms. Dr. Resor will be back, along with
Dr. Eubank from Campbellsville University, at our Teaching American History
Network Summit on June 17 and 18 at the Perkins Building at Eastern Kentucky
University. All teachers are welcome to
attend this two day event at no cost. Register at www.tahnetwork.webs.com
This group has reached excellence in the classroom on several occasions this year. Recently, three of our TAH teachers received the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award. Andrea Lawler (pictured on top) from Campbellsville High School, Kasey Bardin (middle) from Meece Middle School, and Rachael Yaden (bottom) from Lincoln County Middle School always demonstrate a true cooperative learning model in the classroom, promote student engagement, and hold all students to high expectations. The TAH Grant is very proud of these teachers and their recognition and achievements. Their effort goes beyond the classroom, from teacher leaders at their school to leaders of their Social Studies Leadership Networks promoted by KDE. The sustainability of TAH will be reaching more teachers and schools going into the near of future.
02.26.2014 Teaching American History Network
TAH teachers have been participating with our FLAG cadres, Social Studies Networks, Leadership events, and leading the classroom with solid examples within new C3 Framework. This framework will be the platform for the new Social Studies State Standards that KDE hopes to unveil in the near future. TAH is also excited to announce a full one day workshop with Dr. Kathy Swan from the University of Kentucky on April 24, 2014 about the C3. More information and registration can be found at www.tahnetwork.webs.com.
During classroom observations, TAH teachers are providing many powerful resources and strategies for their students. Documentation from numerous visits include Kagan Cooperative Learning, iPad Apps such as Socrative, Show Me, and Educreations, History Alive, National History Day projects, Prezi, Document Based Questioning, and use of primary and secondary sources with ACT Quality Core concepts.
Recently, our TAH teachers also had the honor hearing from Paul Sears, a P.O.W. WW II Veteran, who later on became a distinguished professor and administrator at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Sears told his story with many details and historical events that gave everyone a true perspective of being a P.O.W. He also provided several primary sources and artifacts for our teachers to explore. His story will somewhat be relived in a new HBO television series based on the book “Masters of the Air.”