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Mark J Biberg
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Where do you live?
St. Cloud, MN 0n the Mississippi River just up from the Twin Cities.
Are you a student or a teacher?
I am a teacher, a history teacher, social studies teacher, English teacher, but in rural Alaska often just a teacher. (and hope to finish a master's in counseling soon)
What is your favorite subject in Social Studies?
WW2 and the Cold War, But I like many others a lot as well including Alaska history and south American history, and the older I get a study of the self (existentialism)
Why do you want to join our forum?
am interested in adding to the conversation about finding new ways to teach American history that encourages inquiry, uses primary sources, enhances citizenship, and leads to lifelong learning and study of history. (and to reflect on how much classroom teaching has changed in the last decade or so)
What do you do for fun?
read history and philosophy, listen to history lectures on CD, download, or on (I like to stop and smell the roses and reflect on the meaning of life)

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I still have a dream (and will return one day to manifest that dream)

Teaching and Learning in Tuluksak (dreaming dreams of being on the river and things being right)

As a classroom teacher in Tuluksak (2004-2009, 2016-17) , dealing with the complexities and variables that go into teaching and learning in rural Alaska can often be challenging, frustrating,...and at times daunting. 

But, knowledge and communication can be powerful tools in the effort to make these variables and…


Posted on August 9, 2017 at 4:22am

An assessment story

The essay is from an essay called: All the Fish in the River: An Essay on Assessment.

"More than a quarter century of experiences in the classroom has taught me not to be too sure of where I am going, and that often the best way to measure learning won't occur to me until my students and I are in the midst of the learning itself. "I've come to think of myself as like a fishing guide on a wonderful wild river, where the current is swift and difficult to negotiate, into which I…


Posted on January 17, 2017 at 5:04pm

Thinking of the past and those who influenced me

Here's to the Auntie's out there who were often, in loco parentis, and did a good job when called upon. Some are quiet, simple, and prepare good lunches. Others are loving, giving, and may take you to a circus. One Auntie I know will talk your ear off. Another is stern, wise, yet hospitable. One auntie, is a…


Posted on December 20, 2016 at 9:56am

Now is the time for the citizen to stand up and vote

I am looking forward to the debate next week. Not so much in a political junkie sense (although I am one in many senses)

but rather with the hope the the time has come for the unmasking, the time when the curtain is drawn and the vampire is led to the light.

In short I hope the debate (s) provides the much needed forum that does not allow Trump to lie and evade, or if he does, the sane voter, the caring…


Posted on September 24, 2016 at 4:41pm

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At 9:06am on November 16, 2010, Rwany Sibaja said…
I would recommend JH Elliott's Empires of the Atlantic World as a good book to ask this question about the English and the Spanish styles of colonization. Certainly, a lot of the negative perceptions of Spanish rule, known as the Black Legend, were perpetrated by the English themselves to elevate their own society and demonize their competitor. Lost in this, I think, are some of the strengths of Spanish rule. In both situations, Native Americans lost out...but history, as always, is not quite black and white.
At 1:38pm on November 10, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
Don't stew. Just start asking questions that you truly don't know the answer to. Your entry sounded like you were thinking of your completed LCP. This isn't a package that you wrap up neatly with a bow, it's a package that you start unwrapping and you don't know what's inside until you do it! :-)
At 9:22pm on October 28, 2010, Crystal Nelson said…
It's good to hear from you. I have started working on my LCP and posted more info on my blog today. Most of my time teaching is spent with my Pre-K through 3rd grade students, so teaching history is extremely flexible for me. I also spend about an hour a day with my Middle and High school students. I have found that none of my students have a very good understanding of native people in Alaska, so I keep finding myself drawn to teaching them about Alaska. I am not sure if I am following the LCP properly, but I am developing my first project around native story telling. It is interesting and fun. Let me know what direction you head in. I am curious about what other students in our class are working on. My husband, Ryan, is also in this class, but he has been swamped with work and may not work on this first project.
Good Luck!
At 3:02pm on October 14, 2010, John Trampush said…
Semper Historia, Mark!!! I'm glad to know that you appreciate the community of practice that we're trying to develop, and very glad that your energy is part of it...
At 2:45pm on October 12, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
That is EXACTLY what I believe: geography is a perspective. It is what makes you you-----unless you are military and then you have no real sense of place. Can I go so far as saying that military people have less of a sense of the earth and the environment because of moving all the time? Hmmmm. That might be a stretch.
At 1:52pm on October 12, 2010, Teri Schneider said…
Hi Mark,
Yes, I know Lindsey! She actually babysat my kids long ago...taught her younger sister, our parents worked together, and now she is my middle child's language arts teacher and Kodiak High School...doing well, I might add! Thanks for making that connection! Teri
At 7:49pm on September 29, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
What school are you at Mark?

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