After reading the David J. Voelker's article, "Assessing Student Understanding in Introductory Courses: A Sample Strategy," I began to reflect on some of the assignments I've given this third quarter. Voelker argues against the "fact first" coverage model, that is, that students need to learn the facts and chronology of history before we can begin to have them think critically and analyze events. "That before we can learn to think, we must first absorb a large body of facts." Sample…Continue
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By Mark J Biberg
One of the highlights of my undergraduate education at Bemidji State University was having the chance to take part in an overseas study experience in England.
Europsring is the name of the program and it included 8 weeks of study at Oxford University in Oxford, England follow by a 3 week tour of the continent.
As a teacher I could not have asked for a better experience. I believe in experiential learning and this was…
Today I am going to plug for my web site on Manifest Destiny a bit by introducing some of the artwork that was included on the site.
Manifest Destiny was the basic notion that the United States had a destiny, a divinely sanctioned destiny at that, and it was the responsibility of the leaders, both political and intellectual to make this destiny manifest, to make it real.
One of the strongest and most effective aspects of Manifest Destiny is the artwork that goes along with…
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How important is culture in education and in our everyday lives?
By Mark J Biberg
By culture I mean a lot of things: language, religions, celebrations, art, music, stories, laws, dress, among other things.
In this short essay I would like to examine the question of culture in education and how important it is to be "culturally inclusive" as teachers, students, and anybody else involved in education.
I think everybody's story, culture, traditions are…
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On Desert High School
By Mark J Biberg
Ten years ago, the 1999-2000 year, was my first year of teaching.
I left home in Minnesota and drove accross country to Edwards Air Force Base, where I had signed on to teach Senior High history.
To say the least this was a learning experience for me. It was not only a long way from home, my first year of teaching, but also a environment that was both hostile and unforgiving.
I did not enjoy living in…
compiled by Mark J Biberg (from Gerry Schnabel's lecture)
In a somewhat overheated editorial in July of 1845, John L. O'Sullivan, used in the Democratic Review a phrase that was to become the most potent phrase of the decade and a key word in Us History in general.
He coined the phrase Manifest Destinly to describe the ongoing expansionistic activities of the US in its first 70 years of existence.
The most basic definition of…
I would like to share an excerpt from an essay that I just read. The essay is called: All the Fish in the River: An Essay on Assessment.
As anybody who has been in education, the term assessment or assessment movement may bring back flashbacks.
This essay was a very valuable way for me to think about "what works" as far as assessment goes.
Below is the excerpt I would like to…Continue
by Mark J Biberg
When I was in high school, history seemed like a "go through the motions" class; that is, I went to class, took notes that went along with the textbook and every other week we took a multiple choice test. It was not hard to ace the test and required very little thinking.
I enjoy history and sensed that there must be more to it than the fairy tale approach as offered by the soon to…Continue
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I am learning a new language. It is going OK. I try to keep it simple: simple vocabulary, short phrases, etc. I also try to use cognates: words that have a common root or common usage that transcend languages.
My wife is from Peru and she teaches me a lot. One of the key things is immersion: a person has to spend a lot of time hearing the sounds of a language and you have to make an effort to use what you have learned. Obviously it is tougher to…Continue
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a take on what I study
by Mark J Biberg
In my field of History, a person must be on constant guard. Why! For folks who try to write history in a way that does not jive with the evidence. I do not have a problem with history changing, it happens all the time.
But there must be standards for that change; and one…
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Going to Old Minto
By Mark J Biberg
I am getting ready to go out to Old Minto for a culture camp. It will be a seven day camp, during which we spend time with the Athabaskan Elders learning about traditional ways of teaching and learning. My goal is to learn ways in which I can incorporate more meaning (context) into my teaching out in the village. I would also like to start a culture camp out in the village. So I will most likely write one more blog before I leave and then I…Continue
How we Teach?
By Mark J Biberg
I am starting to realize that the most important moment is now, today, or "the eternal present". (Carpe Diem)
The words experience, knowledge, teaching, and learning are part of my Philosophy of Education. To me as a teacher, education is about experience and knowledge.
Whether it be the collective knowledge of the human race, or the experience of individuals, teaching is about sharing what we have…Continue
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Many folks say: "I was not there" and " my family did not own slaves" and " I am not a racist and do not share responsibility for racism".
While those statements may be true on the surface, it does not speak to the depth of the problem.
Race relations and racism have been part of our history from the very start (1607/1619, Jamestown, first importation of west African slaves) and the economic and material success we all share today was build, at least…Continue
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One student told me about something on the History Channel.
Another student had rented The Aviator at RedBox.
The third had headphones in and was listen to A People Guide to American History from Audible .com, narrated by Matt Daman.
The next was sking for streaming video of primary source that supplemented her online class. I referred her to discoverylearning.com and told the best route to the video stream.
I was not using a text, lecturing, or just…Continue
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A Perspective on History.
We’re all born late. We’re born into history that is well under way. We’re born into cultures, nations and languages that we didn’t choose. On top of that, we’re born with certain brain chemicals and genetic predispositions that we can’t control. We’re thrust into social conditions that we detest. Often, we react in ways we regret even while we’re doing them. (david brooks NYtimes.com)
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It is hard to believe that I have been in Alaska for 10 years. I arrived from Minnesota on March 31st, 2001. I that I time I have been fortunate to travel over a fair portion of this Great State.
My first stop was Fairbanks where I met up with my cousin Paul. He was almost an old-timer by then, having been in Alaska for 15 years, built his own cabin, and experienced Alaska in many, many ways. Paul's great love was cross-country skiing and he had stories of skiing that took…Continue
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As I was editing my 2nd Inquiry Project, and checking to see if from out of the void anyone had actually looked at it and perhaps added a comment, I noticed John Trampush's uploads about teaching history along thematic lines. He stated that there were precious little resources out there. Currently I am teaching a class that is blended between the Academic Decathlon curriculum and our District's Level 9 Social Studies. Having coached academic decathlon as an extra-curricular activity in the…Continue
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