New YouTube Channel!

A colleague and I are SUPER EXCITED to announce our very first vlog, i.nspiration e.ducation. The link to our first post is below in which we take you on a journey with nine high school students and one very large waterfall! We also discuss the rationale behind i.nspiration e.ducation.

Our goal is to publish one informal, but research-based, video on our channel each week, highlighting best practices in education and inspiration for teachers of life-long learning. We hope you enjoy getting to know us and subscribe to watch upcoming posts.

A Semester-Long Project by “DJ Justin”

This year I decided to try something new (no shock there) with my US History students. As I have done in the past, I wanted to create a semester-long project with multiple check points – in “teacher speak” we call these formative assessments – rather than a standard, summative assessment. What I changed was the creativity options – teachers call this differentiated learning – for this project. This year, I offered my students a wide range of artistic options to show their understanding of the historical content covered in class.

“DJ Justin,” an amazing international student, took my artistic challenge and ran with it. I am so excited to show you his three checkpoint submissions: songs he wrote that discuss his personal interpretation of the content from our second-semester units. Go Justin!

Johny Johny (lyrics in PDF form)

Enjoy these final two submissions, which were provided in audio format.

Struggle (lyrics in PDF form)

A Dream (lyrics in PDF form)

WWII Presentations

For a deeper understanding of WWII, students were asked to create a Google Slide presentation on a WWII topic of choice and then relate that topic to America’s role in this global war. Here are a selection of stellar presentations!

These are examples of the slides you’ll find within the presentations listed above. A presentation of three to five minutes to the class was required, but every student had so much to tell their peers after their research that their presentation time wound up at least doubling for them all! I am so proud of their depth of learning.