Sunday, October 30, 2016

Global Education Conference

Please refer to this LiveBinder for the discussion on global resources.  The link to the recording of the session is HERE!


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Classroom 2.0

Welcome to the Classroom 2.0 participants to the September 17th webinar "Global Literacy & Geography Resources."  

A link to the webcast will be added to this page after the session.  However, the following LiveBinder may be helpful to follow along. Click here to open this binder in a new window.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mystic Seaport Teachers of the Year Summer Institute

Museums utilize their collections to tell a story about the past.
How can you have students develop inquiry using museum collections?
How would one even start? 


 For an example, the Smithsonian explains the collaboration behind developing an exhibit, and the evidence they will curate from the collection to support a claim. 

 Think about how you may be able to do something similar with your own students while at the Seaport.

 

For our purposes, digital copies of handouts and an inquiry template is curated into a shared Google drive.  NEW LINK TO GOOGLE DRIVE. Please feel free to download anything you need here, but please do not remove items from the drive.  A folder-within-a-folder has been set up to store your work and to collaborate with your peers. For the purpose of the Mystic Seaport for Educators site, we would ideally want as many inquiries as possible to be published.


Inquiry & Connections to the CT Core Standards


The link to the CT Social Studies Framework has more specific information by grade level, but here is the overarching connection to the CCSS and C3.
The Next Generation Science Standards are inherently inquiry-based, but if you are not sure how to start and connect to the Seaport, choose parameters in the drop-down menus first, and see what pops up. The choices are then narrowed down, which should make it easier to connect. 

In CT Core Standards, the Speaking & Listening strand easily fits in with student-centered and collaborative learning.


Our Goals

Teachers are looking for student-centered inquiry lessons to engage students with local and global resources. The Mystic Seaport wants to meet teachers' needs by providing high-quality examples of inquiries tied to their collection. While at the Seaport, there will be many opportunities to explore the collection and think about bringing it into your classroom. We have incorporated time to collaborate and contemplate how to develop an inquiry. The completed inquiries will be published on educators.mysticseaport.org.


For those of you interested in finding out how a whale was harvested, you may wish to see the following video:






Saturday, June 18, 2016

TeachIT Inquiry-Writing Workshop (Thursday Session)

TeachItct.org              Off-Site Workshop -- Directions to CT Historical Society 

Contact information from Museum Partners:

Becca Gavin, Connecticut Historical Society, rebecca_gavin@chs.org
Krystal Rose, Mystic Seaport, krystal.rose@mysticseaport.org
Chris Graveau, CT Digital Newspapers Project, Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov
Amy Durbin, New Haven Museum, ADurbin@newhavenmuseum.org 

TeachIT Shared Folder & Partner Links: https://goo.gl/qDOxES



6-12 Geography Presentation: http://goo.gl/TpNFbq


Middle Grades Presentation:  https://goo.gl/D9wAtF




Elementary Geography Session: http://goo.gl/Pafcfx


  • This LiveBinder contains geographic & global resources that may be used in the social studies classroom.
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Connecticut Social Studies Conference

TeachIT Inquiry-Writing Workshop (Thursday Session)

TeachItct.org              Off-Site Workshop -- Directions to CT Historical Society  



LOCATION: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

TIME:    8:30 a.m. - 3:00

WHO:   Connecticut Humanities TeachIt Staff

GRADES: K-12+

TeachIT (TeachITCT.org) is an online resource that allows educators to bring Connecticut history into the classroom through the use of inquiry-based activities that reinforce the learning principles found in the Connecticut State Social Studies Frameworks. On this off-site field trip, you will have the opportunity to see the inquiry activities TeachIt offers, and you will have a chance to create inquiries of your own! Working with the Connecticut Humanities TeachIT staff, the Connecticut Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, the New Haven Museum, the Connecticut State Libraries' Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, and other partners, the day will be filled with hands-on inquiry opportunities using Connecticut sources. In addition, since TeachIt is a crowd-sourced project for Connecticut teachers, you have the opportunity to work with TeachIt staff to have your own inquiry activities published on TeachItCT.org.
The day will be off-site at the Connecticut Historical Society at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. Our museum and historical society partners will join us there. You may wish to bring your own computer to take notes and to create your inquiry activity. Lunch will be provided. If you have questions about the day, please see Laura Krenicki during the earlier days of the summer institute, or email her at lkrenicki@cthumanities.org.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 - 9:00     Sign-in/Goals for the day/Refreshments

9:00 - 9:45      Introduction to TEACHIT

9:45 - 11:00    Partners share artifacts, documents, and objects. Participants choose objects.

11:00 - 12:00      Lunch & Tour of Center

12:00 - 3:00       Development of Inquiry Activities for the TeachITCT.org website

TeachIT Shared Folder: https://goo.gl/qDOxES


6-12 Geography Presentation: http://goo.gl/TpNFbq


Middle Grades Presentation:  https://goo.gl/D9wAtF




Elementary Geography Session: http://goo.gl/Pafcfx


  • This LiveBinder contains geographic & global resources that may be used in the social studies classroom.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

TeachITCT.org

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The goal of Teach It is to help Connecticut’s teachers bring Connecticut history into the classroom through a series of inquiry-based activities that reinforce the principles found in the new social studies frameworks. In these pages you will find activities that link local events to national events so students can understand our state’s contributions that shaped our community, history, and heritage.

Do you have a Connecticut primary (or secondary) source you already use in your classroom? Consider writing an inquiry activity to share with other teachers!  Start HERE by using a template to get your inquiry in order before starting the submission form on TeachITCT.org.  The source you use must be digitized for publication on the website. Many are already available (see below) but photographs or high quality scans may also work.

If you are thinking of developing an inquiry that connects to your grade level, look at the CT Social Studies Frameworks and find some guiding compelling questions or themes that you will cover.  For example, if looking at economics, consider how Connecticut plays a role in the international economy. What primary sources would connect CT to the world? Your local town historical society may have some resources (think about how your town contributes to a global economy), but if not, think about other ways the Connecticut "story" is a global one. For example, resources from Mystic Seaport, Colt, Windham Mills, etc. connect both to our story and global economies.


If you are looking for primary and secondary digital sources...




ConnecticutHistory.org is a project of the Connecticut Humanities and the site for stories and sources about people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of Connecticut.  There is new content on ConnecticutHistory.org every week, and the materials relate to items in towns and museums, but also to things in the collection.  You may find historical places of importance to the Nutmeg State, including primary source images, documents, and objects.



For a list of Connecticut museums and historical societies, please CLICK HERE for an interactive PDF of connections. These may be helpful if you are looking for specific sources or grade-level inquiry activities.



If you have questions about the project, or want to find materials to base inquires on, please feel free to contact me directly at lkrenicki@gmail.com or lkrenicki@cthumanities.org.




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WAC Global Challenges & Innovations Workshop Series: Climate Change

These resources are compiled for the World Affairs Council Global Challenges and Innovations Workshop Series: Climate Change 2016

Fund for Teachers.org

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/explorers-project/141016-explorers-stuart 

Link to Tracy Butterick's Unit.


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