Calendar 2002 - 2003 > April 29, 2003

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Oakland High School Library
1023 McArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94610
4:00 -6:00 PM

The Teaching American History grant is midway through its three years. To help us understand what we’ve done, and what we might do in the future, we want to discuss the following question at our meeting on April 29th.

In what ways, if any, has participating in this project changed the teaching and learning of American History in your classroom? Consider the areas of historical content, historical thinking or inquiry, and instruction.

In order to begin to answer such a broad question, please consider the following specific questions prior to the meeting. You will have time during the session to write about and discuss these questions.

  1. One of the goals of the grant is to introduce you to issues/questions/topics related to democracy that may enhance your ability to create a bridge between your sophisticated understanding of history and the students’ less sophisticated conceptions. Please identify the activity—i.e., presentation by a scholar, an element of lesson study, small group discussions at TAH Grant meetings, etc.—that has provided you with a new way of approaching an “old” topic; that is, a topic that you have covered and will continue to cover every year with your classes. What questions about democracy do you want your students to grapple with?

  2. Is the there a lesson or topic that you have taught differently as a result of your participation in the project? What change(s) did you make and why? Please provide an example.

  3. What new topics or lessons have you taught as a result of your participation in the project? Why did you choose to address these topics and lessons?

  4. What unanticipated challenges and possibilities have been presented to you as a result of your participation in the project?

We hope all of you are well and we look forward to seeing you on the 29th. Please call if you have any questions.