I'm about to leave for Taiwan, but I wanted to say Happy Holidays! And hope everyone has a GREAT break! Reminder: APUSH - Read and summarize Chapters 20,21, and 22. Due January 6th. Oklahoma History - Finish all 18 TTCU Modules by January 3rd!
A little while ago in my US Government classes we covered Amendments to our Constitution. I always think this is one reason why our government has lasted so long! Our Founding Fathers have made it possible to change the constitution and change and adapt with the times. The constitution explains the process in Article 5. It is a long process to change the Constitution. It takes years, but it should! We really need to make sure the amendment is needed!
There are so many different amendments. I always ask the students which one is the most important? I always get the same response! The 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech! Then I had them write an amendment. I asked them to think about what does this country need? Here are the topics they came up with:
Can you believe it? We get another Snow Day! I can't! But I just want to encourage you to be taking advantage of this time. We are at the end of the semester, and Finals are next week! I hope everyone is studying and working! A note to the parents - all of my students have been given their study guide for the final!
We get another SNOW day! I hope you guys take advantage of it and study! Now is the time to work hard, and then enjoy Winter Break! So do what you need to do to prepare for Finals! You'll be so glad you did! I'm taking advantage of these snow days! I am getting so much grading done! Hopefully by tomorrow I will be all caught up! Hope to see you guys soon!
I hope everyone is enjoying their snow day and staying safe! Don't forget to use the weekend's time wisely! Finals Week is coming up soon - all of my classes have been given their study guide for the final!
Yesterday at the age of 95 Nelson Mandela passed away! The world has just lost someone special! Mandela is a GREAT example to all on how to live your life. Especially in leadership - he was such a great and compassionate leader! Nelson Mandela will be missed!
I'm sure all weekend there will be specials on his life! Watch some if you can!
Coming out this month - I'm sure it will be a huge hit!
This last week we concluded the Trail of Tears and Indian Removal. This subject is very personal to me. My family was on the Trail of Tears. We actually have the journal that was kept on the Trail of Tears still in the family.I know being in Oklahoma a lot of my students might also have a family connection to the Trail of Tears. I want them to know what happened there, so we can prevent it from happening ever again!
I had my students write a poem about Indian Removal. I was blown away! They got the lesson! As I read them this weekend I wept. I had to share some with you!
The Trail of Tears hurts my heart
Just thinking about all the Indians that lost their lives
This week we are starting Jacksonian Democracy. President Jackson and what he did for the Executive Branch is always on the test. There will always be questions on the multiple choice section, and most likely there will be an essay question or two. Jackson is a favorite topic! So Chapter 13 is important - READ IT!!!
A great book about his political biography is American Lion! This is worth the read! You will get a behind the scenes tour of his presidency, and insight into his decisions! A great book for you to read, and you will get a ton of outside knowledge on this significant time period!
One thing you need to know about is Jeffersonian Democracy! It is always on the APUSH Exam. This book follows Thomas Jefferson and his politics. You will get an inside look to Jefferson and his ideals. Fantastic read!
Here is a great website about Jeffersonian Democracy and a passage from it: "Our final assessment of Jeffersonian Democracy rests on a profound
contradiction. Jefferson was the single most powerful individual leading the
struggle to enhance the rights of ordinary people in the early republic.
Furthermore, his Declaration of Independence had eloquently expressed America's
statement of purpose "that all men are created equal." Still, he owned slaves
all his life and, unlike Washington, never set them free. For all his greatness, Jefferson did not transcend the pervasive racism of
This is a great biography about one of our founding fathers. John Adams was a patriot and a president. Through the story of his life we can learn so much about the fight for and start of this country. This is a great book to get information on the revolutionary period! The link below is a great summary and review of this book!
A GREAT book about the Revolutionary War is, 1776. This is a fantastic account of the Revolutionary Period. This book will give you a lot of great outside knowledge and detail. I encourage you to read books outside of class because you never know where it is going to help you. This could be your DBQ!
One thing that will really help you pass the APUSH Exam in May is outside knowledge! When writing your essays the AP Readers will be looking to see if you have outside knowledge.
One way to get this besides reading your book is reading books about specific topics! There are not a lot of books for colonial America, but we are hitting the gold mine of great books about US History! So I will try to highlight great ones to read in your spare time!
This first one is about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This book gives you so much great detail about the whole experience! Read the Review below:
This week in US Government we discussed the principles of the US Constitution. I want my students to know the Constitution. What it says and explains. Our constitution says what our Government can and cannot do. It is so important to know this and know our rights! Angelina Jolie has tattooed on her neck - "Know Your Rights." This is why US Government as a class is so important! We have to know our Rights! The principles we discuss are:
Separation of Powers
Checks and Balances
Popular Sovereignty is the Rule of People! That is what a Democracy is all about! "We the People." The people hold the power, and we use that power by participating in our Government! We do that by voting, and paying attention! We need to know who are politicians are, and what they believe! This principle was brought to life by Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address. When he said "....a government of the people, by the people, and for the people." Here is the speech:
Sorry I did not get the Blog updated this weekend. By tonight it should be! This weekend I got 95% of the work graded! I decided that is more important - hopefully in 2 days the grades should be completely updated!
This is perfect! I always say racism will go away when it is not taught at home. I truly believe it is our responsibility to teach love and tolerance in our homes!
This last week we looked at Empathy. I want my students to have historical empathy. If they don't love history that is fine, but you have to respect it! It has taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get where we are today. I want my students to understand historical people and events.
So we looked at historical empathy through the Civil Rights Movement and the Children's Crusade. I wanted them to get it, really get it. So my students read an article describing the world of Jim Crow South. They were shocked! Most students did not know how bad it really was! So when I showed them this documentary they got it on a much deeper level:
Not the documentary we watched. I couldn't find it, but this was just has good.
Again the whole point was Empathy, and I asked them could they do this? Could they imagine themselves doing it? Some did say yes, but most said no. I include myself in the no. I really don't think I could. Knowing about the dogs and hoses. It makes me think what issue is so important to me that I would put my life in danger? I really don't know.
Hoses turned on Children during the Children's Crusade. The water pressure was so strong it would rip the clothes from your body and cut your skin!
The Children's Crusade was a success. Many people we're hesitant because they didn't want to put the children of Birmingham in danger. But it woke the nation up to the cruelty of segregation. Bolstered by the courage of the Children JFK took on the cause.
We ended with this poem/song. What many said to me is if we did not read the article about segregation, watch the documentary, and have our discussions they would not get this poem on the level they did get it. It meant so much more!
I wanted to do a post about tolerance for all - especially Islam. It really angers me that people assume all Muslims are terrorists. Islam is a beautiful religion, and if you have studied anything about it - you would not say that! The KKK claim to be a Christian organization. Are we going to judge all Christians on the KKK?
So below are some images and videos that spoke to me! We should be tolerant of all!
I saw this image, and wanted to cry! This is how it should be! Looking out for each other, and respecting our different beliefs! BRAVO to these Christians and Muslims!
This PSA will give you goose bumps! I don't want to say anything, but the first time I saw it I cried! Just please watch it!
This was a brilliant idea! Muslim Americans say what they want people to know. What you will find out is we are more alike than different!
Remember you must review and study outside the classroom if you intend to pass the APUSH Exam in May! This website will help you in many ways. Here is a list of things they provide:
1. Description about the test: This is great because knowing all you can about the actual test itself will help. They are looking for specific things, and understanding how the test works will help you!
2. Documents: They provide a list of documents from US History. I encourage you to read this, and understand them because you will see them on the Exam. We will also read documents in class, but knowing extra will always help! And if you can refer to them - even better!
3. APUSH Notecards: They have a notecard over every topic in US History. It would be great if you could print these off, and then you would have your own review flashcards!
4. U.S. History Outlines: They have an outline over every major period in APUSH. This would be great to review and make sure you know all the major topics in the outline.
5. And Much More: They have more - the above just higout now!
hlights the big things. Go check it now!
Do not feel like this! Prevent it by being prepared! Study and Review all year!
If you want to pass the APUSH Exam in May you have to study and work outside the classroom! A great website to check out is historyteacher.net! It is amazing all that she has on there! As a teacher I don't know how she created this amazing website and taught! But I'm so glad she did, and shares her great wealth of knowledge! It is worth your time to check it out! I just spent 30 minutes myself clicking on everything!
She has a lot of history courses on there so make sure you click on AHAP (American History AP). Here is the link directly there:
1. AP Review Quizzes: She has a few quizzes for every major time period A great way to test your knowledge!
2. APUSH DBQs: She has a link to APUSH DBQs from the 1700s to modern times. It is great she has the question and a finished essay for you to see.
3, APUSH Links: She has a lot of links to sites about US History. This would be a great way to acquire outside knowledge. When you write those essays on the Exam - they will be looking at how much outside knowledge you included.
4. APUSH PowerPoints: On the main page she has a link called "PowerPoint Palooza". On there she has a lot of PowerPoint's about US History. That could be helpful to review!
To be successful on the AP Exam - you must study and review outside of the classroom! If you just come to class and listen in class that is not enough! You must work outside of the classroom! Here is a great website that will help you prepare for the Exam in May - hippocampus.org.
Once you get there = you must find AP US History. They have many subjects they offer help in - so just in case here is the link to the History page:
On there they have every topic imagined from Colonial History to Modern History. What is great is they have a video that is just a brief overview, but the text is also included. So if you need to review anything - this is a great place to start!
This is a fascinating video about how things came to be in the world! I loved his approach on complexity, and he takes us on a journey to when the first stars appeared in the universe to humans linking up globally. Sit down and watch - you'll be glad you did!
Today I'm leaving for my Grandparent's house! I'm so excited, and thought ironic since I just did that post about my grandparents! I just wanted to let you guys know because I don't know if I'll be able to post while there. See you Tuesday!
My sister graduated from college in early May, and all four grandparents came! I know I am so blessed to have all four grandparents alive at the age of 31. I don't know what will happen when I lose the first one. I don't want to even think about it!
I just want to encourage everyone to know their grandparents and family history. Grandparents are a real jewel! I love my grandparents so much! Why it took becoming an adult, but I call them at least once a month just to say hi. See how things are going, and they love it! They want to talk to you!
As a history teacher I also encourage you to talk to your grandparents about historical events that have happened in their lifetime. They know they've lived it! My grandparents were children during the Great Depression, and were teenagers during WWII. I remember the first time I saw my grandmother cry was talking about the JFK assassination. It was so real to her, and emotional she was crying 50 years later.
Grandparents are awesome! My grandfather just turned 85, and I asked him what is the secret to a long life? Here is what he said:
Tony Robbins is an inspiring guy who can move mountains when people are at their lowest. He gets in there, and knows where to look. Here is his TED Talk entitled "Why we do what we do." Tony goes deep and looks at how we make the invisible visible. How do we achieve and fulfill? It is a great talk that I encourage you to watch!
Today is a Great day to make this post about Honor Flight on the 69th anniversary of D - day! I have had GREAT privilege of participating in Honor Flight three times! I hope I get to participate every semester! Honor Flight is a great organization that takes WWII Vets to Washington D.C. to see the WWII Memorial free of charge! Such a worthy cause! When I first heard about Honor Flight I cried because all I could think is how wonderful! No one deserves it more! Here is a great video about Honor Flight and their significance!
BTW has participated by writing "Thank You" letters. Each Vet gets a few on the plane ride, and I heard from Honor Flight that BTW writes the best letters! That made my heart smile! That is my requirement to the students is to be heartfelt! These men have been through the worse and they deserve a worthy "Thank You." To get them in the right mood I play this song. It is a true story of one family darning WWII:
The letters are always amazing! The Best part of Honor Flight is going to the airport to welcome the Vets home! It is the most patriotic feeling I have ever had! To see those men come home is such an exciting feeling! They are now old men, but when I see them I always think what did they look like when they were in the War? Then they are always so humble, and so grateful! I shook one of their hands, and he thanked me! I wanted to say no thank you! I couldn't believe they were thanking me! Here are some pics from the last Honor Flight in Tulsa:
Sons of the American Revolution were there dressed up! Had to get my photo with them!
Me and Mrs. Moffitt about to welcome the Vets home!
Everyone there to welcome the Vets home!
They had a band there to play patriotic music!
Last night I met a WWII Vet at Walgreens. I took the opportunity to Thank him! He also told me he was 95. I asked what the secret was to living a long life? He said to enjoy life! I thought that was a great response! So if you ever get a chance to tell a veteran thank you - please do!
Here is the next TED Talk! I just saw this one a little while ago, and it was enlightening. It is all about food and the power of what you put in your body. He also talks about schools and what they provide in their cafeterias. I have always had a problem with my weight. I love food! I could never get a grip, and it took me getting a disease to get a grip. Don't let it get bad before you can get a grip. The one thing that we can control is the food we put in our body!
I finally can upload pictures from my Paris trip in March. I had the BEST time. The way I'm describing it is MAGICAL. I really can't believe I went to Paris again! This was my 11th time, but I seriously thought I would never go back after getting sick.
I will be honest there were some concerns about going. Could I do it? Could I keep up? You walk everywhere! Those were just some of the thoughts going through my head! I'm happy to report I could do it! And I kept up with everyone! One of the things that I was most proud of was walking all the way to the top of Notre Dame de Paris. There are no elevators - it was just a winding staircase that went on forever. But when I got to the top it was such a great feeling! A feeling of true accomplishment!
I have to tell you why I got the amazing opportunity to go. It is not a good reason. When I was in the hospital I was so sick! I almost died twice in the hospital. My mom says she was desperate. I cannot imagine what my family was going through! So in a moment of desperation she said to me in the hospital that if I survive this she will take me to Paris! Well that promise became a reality! Just so you can get an idea of how sick I was here is a picture of me when I was at my worst!
Summer of 2011 - I was unable to stand, walk, or move my body!
That picture always freaks me out! But I want you guys to see the stark difference of then and now! I took over 800 pictures, but here are some of my favorite that I took!
My favorite picture taken - moment of triumph!
This is what I ate for dessert every time! Sorbet! I'm eating very healthy for my MS!
This was the view from the street where we stayed! It was perfect! That is Notre Dame in the background! I can't believe I walked to the top!
When we arrived it was snowing! I've never seen Paris in the snow! We were walking down the street, and turned the corner and this is what we saw! I had to stop and take a photo of people ice skating in Paris!
This is so Paris - had to take a photo!
This stopped us in our track! They were selling this! And apparently this is very chic in Paris - American University sweatshirts!
The history teacher in me never leaves! One morning we went to the French Revolution Prison Museum! This was actually a blade they used during the revolution!
Saint-Chapelle. All the french kings worshipped here!
Musee D'Orsay. The impressionist museum in an old train station.
In this beautiful restaurant in the Musee D'Orsay with our waiter!
Me and my Mom. I love this woman!
The second week we went to Nice, and this was the apartment we stayed in! I looked at my Mom and said I don't have to go anywhere - the apartment was enough! I loved it!
This was the sign above the door of my favorite restaurant in Nice!
I had scallops for almost every meal in Nice - they were so good!
I'm most proud of this photo!
Best sorbet - lemon sorbet served in a frozen hollowed out lemon!
The Mediterranean - spent a lot of time at the beach