The title of this blog comes from a sports related analogy. Much like basketball players who hang around a gym all the time are called gym rats, my entire life has been spent hanging around history. Whether it be books, educational films, board games, toy soldiers, or historical sites, I am a history rat.
My credentials -
I teach 8th grade US history in a small town in northern Illinois and have done so for almost 20 years at my current school. My students participate in the History Fair (National History Day) program yearly. I feel it is a worthy program for all students as they learn how to investigate history hands-on. I try to design lessons that use a variety of primary sources and make students think about using evidence to establish a point of view or to examine multiple points of view about an event or person in history.
I designed a teaching model using primary documents which I have spoken about at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference as well as the Illinois Council for the Social Studies and Northern Illinois University.
In July 2012, I completed my doctoral dissertation about how students search for and evaluate online primary sources for use in their history fair projects.
The summer of 2014 will find me spending most of my days in Geneva watching the Kane County Cougars and writing for my other blog: http://cubdom.wordpress.com/.
To contact me, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my buddy Zeus, my ten year old terrier.