Teaching in a Time of Coronavirus Anxiety

Every day I cover at least one current event topic with my sophomore Global History and Geography classes.  Recently, only one issue dominates the coronavirus.  We began our discussions a month ago by looking at China and predicting the impact on the economy.  As the days progressed, we viewed pictures taken by NASA showing diminishing [...]

Teach Hard History. We All Need It

I am a social studies educator.  Emblazoned on the wall of my classroom is a sign proclaiming “I Teach Hard History.”  Earlier this year my students looked at vivid, graphic, and unfiltered views of the Middle Passage that brought enslaved Africans to the New World.  I’ve challenged students to think about whether or not the [...]

Reflections on my 3rd Black History Month Celebration…

I have been teaching social studies for twenty-five years, eight of which I focused on United States History, but February 11, 2020, was my third celebration of black history. Although I am a veteran educator, I am a novice historian. I am a rookie at social justice, and my students are my mentors.  My third [...]

Mrs. Brown, is this World War 3?

After the holiday break, my students entered the classroom well-rested and eager to discuss current events.   I had jokingly declared that we would start a war after the break, with the understanding before the events of the assassination of the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, that the war we would "start" would be world war one. [...]

Why Chick-fil-A Matters in my Classroom.

It was Christmas dinner 2017, and the talk was of a new (and only) Chick-fil-A opening in our central New York area. My family endorsed the taste of their remarkable chicken and delicious drinks. Discussions of their charity and fundraisers abounded. As I listened to the conversations, I felt myself grow smaller. It was like [...]