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ERIC Number: EJ902191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
Becoming a "History Person" or, If Sally Says It's Possible, It Must Be
Rowland, Nancy
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n2 p97 2010
In this article, the author shares how Sally Smith, founder of The Lab School of Washington, was right about her being a "history person" when she was assigned to teach Democracy at the Lab School. The author was hired to teach Democracy in 1996, after working in the Junior High for a year as an assistant teacher. Smith explained to the author what her plans were for her--"You will use your Drama background to teach Democracy." The author was stunned, because in her mind she never was a "history person" and, therefore, never imagined herself actually teaching it. However, she could not help thinking that if Smith says it's possible, it must be. The author went through a task analysis of getting across the concept of "Democracy." She thought about Smith's methods of experiential learning. As the Democracy teacher at The Lab School of Washington for 12 years, the author has developed a fresh and exciting social studies curriculum for the 8th grade. One of the most successful lessons she created and developed was the Autocracy Game, a simulated dictatorship, which encourages students to work together and use their critical thinking skills to solve problems experientially. So, it turns out Smith was right--the author was a "history person" after all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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