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  1. Teaching About Colorado: Applying Content in Our Classrooms

  2. Studying History “History is not tidy. It contains conflicting narratives. Not all of the answers are known. Understanding requires active thinking. This is the brand of history that students want to inquire about, discover, and make their own.” “History: Uncovering the Past Through Inquiry,” Kathleen Anderson Steeves.

  3. Learning Cycle • Before Learning • Introduction to the week/ hook with the intro • Have an activity that engages students and piques their interest or use an anticipation guide/KWL • During Learning/Building Background Knowledge • Background knowledge lectures and skills sessions • Cementing Knowledge • Application in the classroom and relating to their own life • Bio poems, rafts, technology activities (Glogster or Animoto as one example )

  4. Big Ideas: • What do you want students to know, be able to do, and understand? • Colorado State Standards Printouts • How much of this can we cover in our limited time and with limited resources? • Teacher Delivery vs Student Inquiry • Best practice shows that inquiry leads to lasting understandings and applications in the classroom and outside of the classroom. • How to we ensure that students have grasped key concepts?

  5. Group Activity Instructions: • Using the primary sources given to you, arrange yourself in groups according to a theme or topic of study. • How did you come to a conclusion about your group/putting yourselves together? • How would you complete this with students at your teaching level? • What are other ways could you use these primary sources as an introduction or conclusion activity in the classroom?

  6. Chipeta “Quray’s Squaw” or “Queen of Utes”

  7. Competing Interpretations • http://museumtrail.org/chipeta.asp • http://theautry.org/explore/exhibits/lodo/chipeta.htm • http://chipeta.wordpress.com/

  8. Foldable Activity • Select a primary source • Women in an apothecary on 21st and Larimer Street, 1891 • Fold the primary source to illuminate what you feel is most important to look at in the source itself • Tape the source up on the wall • Large group debrief

  9. Building Knowledge • What did you find most surprising about this primary source? • How did you change the nature of the primary source by folding it? • What other questions does this bring to life about Denver during this time period?

  10. Philosophical Considerations • The Nature of Bias • Values • The Nature of History • Two steps: • Selection of events • Significance • What is critical thinking anyway? • Multiple perspectives • Understanding does not mean agreement

  11. Building Knowledge Phases Empathetic Writing Formats • Poetic response templates Where I Come From I Am Poem Bio poem • RAFT - Role, Audience, Format, Topic

  12. Cementing Knowledge • Technology Applications: http://psi21.pbworks.com • Glogster http://teachpreservation.glogster.com/Colorado-Preserve-America/ http://hulstrommiddle.edu.glogster.com/eileen-j-london-reporter/ http://teachpreservation.glogster.com/media-application-tps-national-program/ • Animoto http://animoto.com/play/oTlqcfR0OYyW50oLblbEfw

  13. Ideas for assessing knowledge • Create a FACEBOOK or MY Space profile • Twitter your character for a week • Make a calendar for a week in the life of your character • Fill in the personality head for a biographical figure • Design a Monument or a Stamp • Write a Eulogy or Epitaph • Venn Diagram

  14. Resources for Educators Denver Photos West Collection: http://history.denverlibrary.org/ Molly Brown Wiki: https://mollybrownteacherresources.pbworks.com Psi21wiki: https://psi21.pbworks.com Glogster Tips and Tricks: http://teachertravel.wordpress.com/about/

  15. Strategies for Learning in the Classroom • Before Learning : • Primary Source Activity : Foldable • Chipeta Activity • Building Background • Empathetic Writing : I Am Poem , Bio Poem • Cementing Knowledge : • RAFT • Technology Components • Mojo

  16. Keeping the Mojo Alive • Evaluation • Mojo Colorado • TPS Listserve: Sign Up Sheet • Contact us for more questions and resources! • Sally.purath@gmail.com • Michelle.l.pearson@adams12.org