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The Social Studies Teacher

(The title is an allusion to one of my favorite poems, “The History Teacher”, by Billy Collins.) Last week, I met with a professor from Sacred Heart University to discuss the role of inquiry in teaching social studies. After a … Continue reading

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Modern Day Muckrakers

A few years back, a colleague and I had the idea to explore local issues through the lens of history. The plan was to comb through Greenwich archives and offer insight into the major issues facing the town by bringing … Continue reading

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Light Bulbs

“Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is … Continue reading

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National History Day, Part Two

Yesterday in class, students presented their National History Day projects to Tony Andrade, the Fairfield County Coordinator for National History Day. The idea was to replicate the actual judging process students will experience at the competition on March 19th. Putting … Continue reading

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National History Day

Yesterday, Tony Andrade, the National History Day Regional Coordinator for Fairfield County, visited Humanities. National History Day is a nationwide competition that asks students to complete original research, create an argument, and then produce either a documentary, performance, museum exhibit, … Continue reading

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The Power of Passion

During my first year at GHS, I wore many hats. As an intern, I was asked to be a substitute teacher for social studies classes, a warm body for the occasional science and math lesson, and, every so often, the … Continue reading

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The Things You Can’t Teach

In the back of Room 500, the old GHS Language Lab now serving as the central hub of Innovation Lab, the whiteboard from our old office hangs in the back left corner. Like an artifact on display in a museum, … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Classrooms, Curriculum, and Collaboration

This week, the Innovation Lab team met with a representative from W.B. Mason to discuss designs for our classrooms. During our Trailblazers event, we asked students to submit their own designs for the space next year. Their designs contained a … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap Up: Project Showcases

It’s been another marathon week of planning and curriculum design in Innovation Lab. It’s interesting to see all of our ideas come together in the different projects we’ve created. At the beginning of the year, the process felt a bit … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-up: Takeaways from High Tech High

It’s taken a snowstorm, a changed flight and the honor of writing a weekly wrap-up to get me to write a post under five-hundred words. So I promise I’ll be brief. On the last day of the conference, Rob Riordan, … Continue reading

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