In a related discussion to Jenny’s post “Are you taking a history family field trip?”, I’m wondering if anyone has participated in a workshop, been to a museum, or read something fantastic that you plan to incorporate into your classroom or that has changed your thinking about a topic for next year. We hosted two workshops in June on teaching with the museum’s resources, and our participants came away with lots of ways they plan to use what they learned in their classes—one that stands out is a teacher who decided that she will take the museum’s Time Trial theater program (in which a controversial historical figure is put on “trial” with the audience determining their legacy, how history should remember that person. So far we’ve offered the Time Trial of John Brown and Benedict Arnold) model and apply that to explorers. She plans to have students debate the historical legacy of Columbus and others. We also shared what we're reading this summer on our blog, including books we are using to inform our work.
Personally, on a visit to New York City to see my sister a few weeks ago, I stopped by the Museum of the City of New York and saw a wonderful presentation called Timescapes, which gave an overview of the history of the city in 22 minutes, using images, maps, and visualized demographic data. I don’t yet know how I might apply this to my work, but it’s tucked into my “good ideas” folder for some future use!
This summer I went to the Planetarium at the Air and Space Museum. I learned that there are millions of stars for different planets. I currently do not teach science, but I would like to incorporate science articles and books for our Independent Reading Journals.