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.
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This is my buddy Zeus, my nine year old terrier.