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Friday, July 13

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    Year Three Post-Test (to take during Summer Institute)
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    Syllabus: History Connected School Year 2011-2012
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Monday, July 2

  1. page SummerInstituteYearThree edited ... The U.S. and the World: Expressions of Power, Past and Present Five Day Summer Institute with…
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    The U.S. and the World: Expressions of Power, Past and Present
    Five Day Summer Institute with an Online Orientation
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    Online Orientation TBAJune 4 - July 9, 2012
    Location: Reading Memorial High School, Distance Learning Lab Room 413 and Field Trip TBD
    What constitutes power on an international stage? How is power extended and maintained, how is it challenged, and what erodes it? With an emphasis on 1898 to the present, this course will examine America’s rise to world power, looking beyond war making and formal diplomacy to the broader cultural, political and economic dimensions of foreign relations. Exporting consumer goods and political ideals, “winning hearts and minds” through foreign aid, waging “wars” on poverty, terrorism and drugs, and protecting American prestige and influence have all been expressions of U.S. power abroad. We’ll investigate how these themes played out in particular regions (for example, Mexico and the Caribbean; the Middle East), looking back to earlier historical precedents and forward to present situations. Finally, we’ll ask if the U.S. is in decline as a world power today, and consider whether our current global commitments are an extension of or departure from historical trends.
    Welcome Note with Important Course Information:
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    Moodle Access and Instructions:
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Wednesday, June 13

  1. msg Follow-Up Discussion Prompt message posted Follow-Up Discussion Prompt I teach the Cold War to my freshman World History class. I have not as yet found the time to give t…
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    I teach the Cold War to my freshman World History class. I have not as yet found the time to give time to Kennedy’s Inauguration Speech, but I did appreciate the strategy. Once every cycle we have a 72 minute block and I may have to incorporate this into my Cold War lessons, as I found it very effective.
    Enjoyed the visit to the library and the seminar as well.
    3:25 pm

Friday, May 25

  1. msg Follow-Up Discussion Prompt message posted Follow-Up Discussion Prompt One content thematic emphasis that I would focus on would be how the U.S. uses propaganda throughou…
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    One content thematic emphasis that I would focus on would be how the U.S. uses propaganda throughout the world (especially during the cold war)to stress its core values of democracy even when it does not necessary practice them at home. I loved the class excercise that we did in which we became different characters from the book and had to answer for "our actions". Great way to delve into the book and in reality go back into the book to gain a broader perspective as to what the U.S. was trying to do and how those "players" within the game performed at executing that strategy.
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  2. msg Follow-Up Discussion Prompt message posted Follow-Up Discussion Prompt I loved Nina Tish's group discussion work on JFK's inauguration speech. Especially how it could be …
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    I loved Nina Tish's group discussion work on JFK's inauguration speech. Especially how it could be broken down into segments of the population and how those segments might have responded to his speech. I thought it was a great way to really delve into what the president was saying and to do some research as to what was going on in the U.S. and world at that time.

    The excercise got me thinking as to what I could do in class and what came to mind for me was to create a press conference in class where the students would be seperated into various different groups. One group would be the press core representing the different t.v. stations. They would be responsible for researching various different topics that would have been major issues during this time and prepare questions for the president to answer. Another group of students would be workers within the White House press core/communications room where they would have to prepare statements for the president to answer for his press conference. The groups then could come together in a mock press conference with a white house press secretary and even the president speaking. It would be a great way to get students to engage in the JFK website and its vast amount of information it has to offer. It would be also a great way for students to actively engage themselves with issues that they may not have known a lot about because of the fact that JFK and his presidency is always gotten to at the end of the year. Either way it is something I will be working on for my end of the year project and look forward to see how it comes out.
    12:49 pm

Monday, May 21

  1. msg Follow-Up Discussion Prompt message posted Follow-Up Discussion Prompt I was entirely unaware of how much information about Wilson and certain conditions around his polit…
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    I was entirely unaware of how much information about Wilson and certain conditions around his politics that I did not know. I felt that the morning lecture provided significant factors surrounding President Wilson and the experience at the Paris Peace Talks. I will be able to integrate a number of facts about this international meeting in the post-World War I world. I would also like to integrate the professor's conceptual visual involving the major players and their positions regarding revolutionary or conservative politics. I felt this was a remarkable way to illustrate the different approaches of world leaders and it can be applied to so many areas of American history. In addition, I would also like to make use of the seating chart at the Paris Peace Conference in order to take a more effective look at the relationships and status between the nations there.
    As for the afternoon session, there is immeasurable value in teaching the art of discussion and, when necessary, debate. My favorite aspect of the classroom seminar was the Opening Question and the sharing/expanation of those. Not only did this portion of the activity involve verbalization, it involved the processing of abstract concepts. I believe this is a dominant way to bring the concepts to the students' level and enhance understanding.
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