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Could BASEBALL transform my classroom? Aubrey Brammar

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  1. Could BASEBALL transform my classroom? Aubrey Brammar

  2. My Goal: • To meet my United States History students were they were in terms of interest in history • Final product: • How did baseball impact America, and how did America impact baseball? • Due: April 29,2011 • Task: You are to come up with your own project that answers the question, “how did baseball impact America, and how did America impact baseball?” • Time period: 1900-2011 • You must include: • Presidents • Music • Wars • Natural disasters • Five most impactful inventions • Top 10 greatest moments in America • 15 greatest baseball events • *Remember your project must show America through the eyes of baseball. Your project should be creative and unique. You may not make a poster.

  3. How was I going to get my students to this point? • 2 current events ( all of our current events relate the past to what is currently going on) • 1 field trip to Turner Field History Museum • 1 timeline test connecting baseball with post civil war history • 1 essay on the history of baseball and the effects of the Civil War • Recorded interviews with Great Depression survivors • 2 cyber hunts • 2 quizzes • 2 films (Eight Men Out and The Jackie Robinson Story • 1 documentary (Red White Black& Blue) • 1 encyclopedia workday • 3 internet research workdays • 4 surveys along the way

  4. How was I going to get to the place to be able to teach my students about a sport I really didn’t know that much about? • Step 1: Inform parents about your new adventure • Step 2:Research articles, books, websites, timelines, encyclopedias • *Helpful books & Articles: • Browne, R. B. (2007). Baseball in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching the National Pastime by Edward J. Rielly, Editor. Journal of American Culture, 30(3), 335. doi:10.1111/j.1542-734X.2007.00563.x • Cooper, B., & Walker, D. E. (1990). Baseball, popular music and twentieth-century American history. (Cover story). Social Studies, 81(3), 120. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. • Edgington, W. D., & Hyman, W. (2005). Using Baseball in Social Studies Instruction: Addressing the Five Fundamental Themes of Geography. Social Studies, 96(3), 113-117. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. • Fischer, D. (2007). The Ultimate Question and Answer Book, Baseball. Irvington: Hydra Publishing. • McElmeel, S. L., & Holbrook, B. (2000). Baseball--In Every Corner of the Classroom. Library Talk, 13(3), 30. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. • Tope, J. (2008). Fighting the Second World War in Paradise with a Bat and Glove: Major League Baseball Comes to Hawai'i. Hawaiian Journal of History, 42265-276. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. • White, R. (1999). Jackie Robinson and History in the Classroom. BLACFAX, 9(37), 4. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. • Step 3: You do not have to recreate the wheel. Borrow, borrow, borrow. • Step 4: give the students ownership to discover some of the information on their own. • Step 5: Have students design their own work • Step 6: Let students find baseball connections to history because they have already been taught to research, connect ideas, and critically think. • Step 6: Learn as you go!

  5. Comments on the teaching of history through baseball work in my classroom • Our baseball unit started on March 14 and ended on April 29. (Next time I will make it a shorter time period) • Originally I taught baseball concepts first and then the history lessons, after our first quiz grade I switched to teaching history first and adding baseball anecdotes. • Often times, the students I was trying to reach loved baseball and therefore thought they didn’t need to study for our first test. • My students turned in the best current events they had ever done. • My students seemed very interested during the research process for the final project. ( Topics being studied: drug use, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, stadium development, city growth and many more) • Our field trip was the most interesting one had been in our current school year.