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Kids don't come with an instruction manual. Many parents did not have the oppurtunity to go to college for one reason or another so they do their best. This blog is for parents most educators get this information in credentailing classes. So parents welcome. As a teacher I must figure out early in September what kinds of learners my students are because this information makes my job easier. There are 7 major types of learners as follows: Visual/Spatical, Auditory/Linguistic, Tactile/Kinesthetic, Logical/Mathematical, Music/Rhythmic, Interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Each of these groups learn in different ways. Knowing what kind of learner your child is can help you to make learning an enjoyable activity for your child. Let's go through them one at a time. Visual / Spatial learners learn by seeing examples. They can learn by watching how things are done. Movies that show how to do things are good with these learners. These types of learniners make good engineers, Inventors,... read more

For many of us remembering back to high school History classes can be painful. The material was presented in a dry manner having students remember dates and places. This has always been a problem with teaching History because students are given the similar information year after year. So how do we address this problem? For a History teacher who wants to engage their students it means a lot of extra work. Using resources outside of the textbook is imperative. For instance when discussing the "Gold Rush" Sam Brannon is discussed even though you won't find him in most textbooks. We will also discuss why Johann Sutter whose land the first gold was found on may not have wanted outsiders to know of the find. We also explore if "Gold Rush" is an appropriate name considering that the gold was know about since the 1600's. We also use more primary sources than most classes because we investigate the writings of primary people involved in the events we are studying like reading... read more

One of the big questions students have is why do people follow controversial leaders? By using the concept of a "Hero or a Villain" we can make history easy to understand for our students. With this concept students have an opportunity to the actions of leaders from both their supporters and opponents view points. In this way students gain a well rounded and knowledgeable basis for judging historical events and people. Let me give you an example. Let's take the case of George Washington and his colleagues To us as American's they are definately hero's because of the many freedoms we enjoy today. To the British at this time period they would be considered villains or what we call today terrorists because they were trying to overthrow the government. This will lead to a discussion of when is someone who is fighting the government a "freedom fighter" and when are they "rebels". These kinds of opinion driven discussion keep students engaged and interested... read more

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