Integrated Unit Plan

I decided to do my unit the stock market.  This was not what I had originally planned, but I remembered a civics teacher mention during my student teaching and they were playing this game called the “Stock Market Game.  I really liked the idea of the game and the teacher said that the students were very engaged in the game.  So I decided to use it in my lessons.


My Flipped Lesson

I decided to do my flipped lesson on the 1920’s and more specifically the Prohibition era. I was originally planning on doing something on WWII but I changed my mind at the last minute. I thought that creating the flipped lesson was pretty fun. I could potentially see myself doing this in the classroom so that I could dedicate more time to in class to projects and activities.


Here is the link to the quiz at the end of my flipped lesson.

The History of World in 18 Minutes

As a person who enjoys history, I was immediately drawn to the title of this video.  When I chose to watch this video I was expecting to hear a lecture on world history.  I thought the speaker, David Christian, was going to discuss events of world history like Middle Ages and World War II.  My expectations were way off.

I did not realize that this video was about history of the universe and how it came to be.  It was a much more scientific lecture than I had anticipated.  I was impressed at how David Christian was able to give a complete history of the universe in less than 18 minutes.  However, because the whole history of the universe was described in less than 18 minutes, I found myself lost and confused throughout the lecture. 

I think Mr. Christian did a good job of using illustrations, charts, and other visuals during his lecture which kept my attention more than his lecturing.  When there were no visuals and it was just Mr. Christian speaking, I had a difficult time following along.  I felt like he could have shown more enthusiasm when he spoke because his tone of voice didn’t really change during the whole lecture.  Overall I thought it was a decent lecture, but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.


Eduwin Weekly: Engaging Students


Personally I don’t listen to podcasts, so this was something new for me.  The podcast that I chose to listen to was about engaging students. The podcast started off with the three hosts sharing their EduWin’s of the week which were their favorite social media posts dealing with education.

Next the podcast centered around an interview with a man named David Harms who is a social studies instructor at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio.  The hosts asked David a serious of questions related to the topic of engaging students in the classroom.  David talked about how he used a flipped environment outside of class and a project-based environment inside the classroom.  He talked about a project that the students do at the beginning of the school year to introduce themselves to the rest of the class because they all come from different middle schools.  With this project the students make a hometown movie about where they come from and they share it with the class.

David talked about how the students at Penta Career Center use Ipads.  He mentioned that if a student doesn’t do well on a particular project then he will bring in a technology specialist to help help that student out.  David also talked about turning his classroom into a paperless classroom.  He found that when students missed classes they would ask about missed assignments.  To solve this problem, David put all of the assignments online so that students and parents could have access to them.

After reading the article on podcasts, I could see myself trying out the history radio broadcasts.  Besides that though I’m not sure how much I would implement podcasting into my classroom.


The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con


I was drawn to this particular blog because when I watched the video clip on the Flipped Classroom, I immediately started weighing the pros and cons in my head.  I could see there being both advantages and roadblocks to using the Flipped Classroom approach.  I liked reading the blog post because it specifically states the pros and cons of the Flipped Classroom.

The blog discusses the benefits of the Flipped Classroom such as allowing the students to move at their own pace and freeing up the teacher to work one-on-one with those students who need more support.  The blog also brought up the great point that the Flipped Classroom allows students to catch up on missed lessons.  I think that is particularly beneficial for both student and teacher because the student doesn’t have to ask the teacher what he/she missed and the responsibility for making up work falls on the student and not the teacher.

I also thought that there were some disadvantages or roadblocks to using the Flipped Classroom which this blog reiterated.  One of my first concerns when watching the Flipped Classroom video was student accessibility to the flipped lessons.  Not all students will have the same access to the flipped lessons and some students may have no access at all.  Then what do you do?  The blog brought up another valid concern about the Flipped Classroom and that was the fact that students would be sitting in front of a screen for hours every night as they watch the required videos.  This may not be the learning style that best fits every student.

I guess the question with the Flipped Classroom becomes, do the pros outweigh the cons?

The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching

All I can say is, what a cool project.  I would have loved to have done something this cool when I was in high school.  I remember doing group work and group projects in school, but I never did anything that required such collaboration and responsibility.  I also don’t remember doing a group project that lasted more than a few classes.

I like the idea of creating a class museum and I think that it would be something that I could implement in my future social studies classes.  I think that there are times when it is difficult for the students to relate the social studies content and students don’t feel like the content has any relevance to them.  By doing a class project like the Holocaust museum, I think it would make the content a lot more relevant and relateable.

I also like the idea of the teacher stepping back and putting the responsibility of learning on the students.  I think students become more involved and more active when they know that they are responsible for their learning.  Also, since I’ve just been introduced to the greatness that is Google Docs, I think it is a very useful addition to this project.