Teaching American History
I have been fortunate to be a part of the TAH Grant for the past 5 years. The TAH Grant funds are used to provide professional development programs for K-12 teachers in American history topics, spanning from the discovery of the new world up to current events. The grant presents a wonderul opportunity to provide new, innovative training programs for differentiating instruction for all students.
The most memorable parts of this experience were the trips to Washington D.C. and Boston. We will head back to the D.C. area, along with Gettysburg and Monticello, this coming summer (June 2014). I have attended 3 summer summit sessions that gave me more valuable professional development than I have ever had in my 12 years of teaching. Training was utilized in multiple content areas. With Kagen strategies, use of History Alive, and collaboration with the Kentucky Historical Society, great ideas have been incorporated in many of my lesson plans, not to mention all the free resources that were given to me during this time. Books such as "Teach Like a Champion" and historical reference materials are used on a regular basis and shared with other faculty members in my school.
I completed a research project onThe Grand Theater, in Lancaster, Kentucky, and had the honor of being one of the judges at Morehead State University on April 4th for the National History Day district contest. The winning students will advance on to Louisville for state honors and then hopefully on to the Nationals in Maryland in June.
Overall, this has been a great experience for me, and it will continue to positively impact my teaching.