We had a person portraying Cap'n Brown visit with us online. We still don't quite know how to feel about his place in history although he conveyed his motivations powerfully and succinctly! I loved the "feel" of talking to someone in history that had great influence on even current lives.
I am such a history buff myself, its been a real treat to get to see these resources online that I never knew were there before! We did a webcast with John Brown in real time and it was remarkable! I definitely plan on using the resources on the website to give my students a tangible experience when we discussing these issues, events, and the people that played pivitol roles in them. I also plan on getting in touch with the Oklahoma History Center and utilizing the resources they have available. What a wonderful experience!
You have shown us energizing techniques to engage even the students who don't display enough interest even to look bored. I KNOW that I can get them to sit up and take notice of the lessons now because I will have them up moving around or legally touching objects to keep guessing at the source and application in real life. Thanks so much for infusing me with your creativity! You and Matt ROCK!
I like the idea of having primary source documents. These will help my students by first reading them and then understand what they mean. Further I want to assign my students a paper where they have to take a stand and then use quotes from the document to support their ideas.