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Celebrate Constitution Day with iCivics

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:37

Constitution SignaturesThis is my eleventh year of teaching and my principal always makes sure that all the social studies teachers at my school cover something about the Constitution on September 17th.

The Pursuit of Civic Classroom Happiness

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:01

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Thomas Jefferson

Fighting For Our Future Citizens

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:57

"If men expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what never was and never will be."  Thomas Jefferson.  These immortal words by the inspired writer of the Declaration of Independence set the tone for civic involvement in the newly created United States of America.  And for many years, commitment to public service was practiced with zeal and sacrifice for the betterment of a society that had disconnected itself from the Old World to begin a new adventure in citizen participation.

Keeping High School Seniors Focused with Gaming

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:00

There is a phenomenon with my afternoon classes.  Although class demographics are the same as in the morning, high school seniors who take Government in the afternoon tend to be less motivated, have lower grades, and don’t learn the material as well.  In addition to normal classroom challenges, we also fight food comas, exhaustion, and the ever-present and always fun "Senioritis".  Maybe not completely their fault, but these  students seem a bit disinterested in learning.


iCivics Teacher Council: More Than Expected

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:59

Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon returning from iCivics training, I’ve realized the true highlight was being able to meet and collaborate with twenty-two other motivated, creative, intelligent teachers who are the iCivics Teachers Council.