Thinking Outside the Box
The following video remains my favorite example of the best kind of learning experience. You can hear me (with a sore throat from a cold), but I am on the side serving in the role of chronicler and coach, recording the teaching of one of my “students” who has reversed roles to use calculus to somehow teach the concept of the world-system. To this day I have no idea what she is talking about, but the peers she is instructing do, and that’s what matters.
Peer to peer instruction, grounded in inquiry, invisible technology integration, authentic work products for an authentic audience, innovation, thinking outside the box, clear demonstration of subject and content through skills-based learning.
This is the kind of learning experience I try to design the space for learners to create.
Please scroll down and explore other learning experiences I have enjoyed with my students, including a video of my participation in the climax and review of “One The Edge of the World System,”one of my favorite activities for AP World History. For developing this lesson I received the Dr. Mark Welter Challenge Award for Innovative Pedagogical Activities from the World History Association in 2012.
I. Tweets of blended, gamified, inquiry-driven learning at IS Beijing
II. History Film Projects
IB History of the Americas: Film Project on the Cold War in the Americas
The Fog of Democracy: 5 Lessons from the Life of Joseph McCarthy
(Mockumentary based on Errol Morris’s The Fog of War)
IB 20th Century World History: Film Project on the Cold War
Keeping Up With the Kold War
(Mockumentary of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” focusing on the Cuban Missile Crisis)
III. Student-Created History Websites (click to navigate to the site)
IB History of the Americas: Satirical News Site on US Foreign Relations
IB 20th Century World History: War in Afghanistan in a Historical Context
IV. Learning Together: Miscellaneous Classroom Activities
World History 9: Students participating in the final day activity of “On The Edge of the World System” which was awarded the Mark Welter Challenge Award for Innovative Pedagogical Activities from the World History Association in 2012.
IB World History of the 20th Century: Using the iPad app Explain Everything to record a flipped quiz review
World History 10: The Infamous Chinese Dynasty Song
iTunes U Course on Civil Rights in the Americas