Mrs. Merri Gardnergardnerm@tesd.net(610) 240-2439 2013-2014 Conestoga High School -Accelerated US History -Honors US Government
Children born in mid 1990s • E-mail and cell phones have always been a part of the world • George H.W. Bush is as distant to them as Warren G. Harding • Have always known soda to be in plastic bottles • Have likely never used a rotary phone or electric typewriter, or even realize the origin of the “QWERTY” system • Haven’t seen the cinematic treasure, The Goonies! What a crime • Probably do not remember TV less than 65 channels let alone 13, 3, or black and white • Were so young in 2001 that they likely do not remember pre 9/11 • Have never experienced the anxiety of the Cold War nuclear threat • Have always known a unified Germany • Are more likely to know the Beatles from Rock Band than from records or even tapes and CDs
Education and Previous Experience West Chester University -BSED History Penn State University -Masters in Education (current) Classes Taught Previously in PA State U.S. History, European History, Global Studies Coaching Tennis, Rugby, Track, and Football (yes football)
Goals • Explore major themes and key moments in history/govt and its impact on today’s world (political/social/economic/intellectual) • Develop and enhance essential thinking skills/analytical reasoning • Depth of content at honors/accelerated level • Appreciation beyond assessment
Expectations • Active participation • Essential Thinking Skills • To seek continual self improvement • Balance breadth and depth (pace) • Engage in a variety of ways • Ask questions • Ownership of course
Grading • Weighted • Unit tests/Research Paper – 40% • Classwork/Homework/Reading Quizzes – 40% • Class participation – 20% *Goal of each assignment – improving student outcomes
Upcoming • Progressives – Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson • Imperialism • World War I • Roaring Twenties • Great Depression • WWII
Thank You! *If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year…… Please do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org I am looking forward to a rewarding and successful year with our students!