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The Nelson 6

I just want to let everyone know that the nickname we have for our family is the Nelson 6. Myself, my wife, and our four beautiful children. It's alot like the Jackson 5.....but we are white.....and we can't dance.

Added by Ryan Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

Sunny in PA

The weather forecast called for rain and clouds, but we had a sunny and beautiful day! It was Ryan's birthday, so he took one of our daughters kayaking! Great day!

Added by Crystal Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments

My 2nd Assignment

This is my wonderful test blog so I can learn about Nings and things!

Added by Sarah Heck on September 30, 2010 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

my Blog

Here it is

Added by cindee karns on September 30, 2010 at 4:59pm — No Comments

What is Greatest challenge when dealing with a diverse classroom?

I struggle with reaching my wide range of ability levels and on the cultural differences that seem to separate my students. Both are a concern of mine. Our school wide atmosphere has addressed these concerns and I have seen improvement, but would like to see my students be more active in the process.

Added by Sean Murphy on September 30, 2010 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Text book wars

I am so tired of retyping this. I don't know where it is going. The Week had an interesting article on text book wars in the State of Texas. The board of education met and decided to revise the history texts to establish that "the U.S. is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles" and formerly primary figures such as Thomas Jefferson would be relegated to the background and other figures would assume prominence--like President Ronald Reagan, emerging as a "national hero" during the… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on September 29, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

My First Blog

I have always wanted to do this. Someday I want to live for a whole year on only food I have grown and products I have made, and then blog about it. Maybe they would make a movie about me called Laurie and Thoreau, like Julie and Julia. Probably not, though. Doesn't have the same ring.

Added by Laurie Christiansen on September 29, 2010 at 8:48pm — 2 Comments

How does the geography of place affect who I am?

Imagining a New Channel

It seems just like last week that the river was swollen with the

moisture from the melting snow. I could sit on the river's edge and

watch the water flow right toward me---an eerie feeling. As the river

turned the corner it would take a small portion of the bank with it on

its journey to the sea. Each time I arrived at the river, I… Continue

Added by Cindee Karns on September 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Reading Notes #2-Battleground Or Meeting Ground?

Elizabeth Rawlins

MCD in American History

Reading Notes #2

Multiculturalism: Battleground or Meeting Ground?

In this article, Takaki discusses the debate over the multi-cultural history curriculum. On p. 110, C. Van Woodward has attacked Takaki’s work Iron Cages: Race and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. Woodward charged that Takaki was “guilty of reverse discrimination,” because he his characterization of whites in terms of rapacity, greed, and brutality constituted… Continue

Added by Liz Rawlins on June 2, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

Reading Notes #1-The Tempest In the Wilderness

Elizabeth Rawlins

MCD in American History

Reading Notes

The Tempest in the Wilderness

The major connection I made in this article, analyzing the Tempest and explaining the historical contexts within it, was how the treatment of the Indians at the time was later the very same treatment that we gave to the blacks here in the United States.

On page 893 of the article, the Irish(and later the Indians) were viewed as “savages,” a people living outside of “civilization.” In… Continue

Added by Liz Rawlins on June 2, 2010 at 8:20am — No Comments


Just back from a "retreat" out past Port McKenzie. Productivity kept us company, along with endurance, frustration, production and let's not forget processes and protocols! :-) I feel pretty good about our accomplishments including raising the yurt. Hopefully our retreat mentality continues: None of us has the whole picture/answer, but together, we're pretty darn good! :-)

Added by Cindee Karns on June 1, 2010 at 7:06am — No Comments

Thematic history

I'd like to invite everyone interested in how to structure history courses around enduring themes to share ideas here. By enduring themes I mean large topics that reoccur throughout U.S. and other national or regional histories. For example a U.S. history course could be structured around themes such as : the search for social justice, the search for national security, the search for economic opportunity, the changing nature of federalism, technology and society, and human environmental…


Added by G. Dale Greenawald on April 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments


The discussion last week was awesome. I was impressed with all the viewpoints and scholarship of the members of the class. I was feeling a bit insecure for not being able to read the immigration assignment on Nativism, but felt the class went beautifully in spite of that.

It's interesting that few of the history texts teachers use to teach U.S. or global history address the immigration and emigration subject so obliquely and trivially. Waves of different immigrants and emigrants have… Continue

Added by Rena Jane Witter on December 9, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

Leadership in our Professional Learning Network...

When "Leading By Example" is the motto and a focus of your learning organization, you can expect a lot of reflection upon the concepts and dynamics of group leadership. As I have had the privilege of being the primary designer as well as the first network coordinator for the ANUAH Project, I have spent many hours thinking about this and dealing with the realities of trying to develop such a geographically large and intellectually complex network of related projects. I'd like to… Continue

Added by John Trampush on April 7, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Complexity & Organization in a 21st Century Professional Development Network...

Complexity is shown in the intricacy and cohesion of interrelated ideas or processes within a system. Some professional development projects operate from very simple organizational models which are quite efficient for executing simple goal sets. Other P-D projects, especially those looking for a vibrant, sustaining, community of practice can be quite complex in design. As reflectivity and the products of reflectivity build up within a teaching & learning… Continue

Added by John Trampush on April 6, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Dynamic vs. Static Models for TAH Professional Development

Here's an essay I wrote that was published in the National History Education Clearinghouse encompassing some of my thoughts as I was developing our project,...

Let me know your thoughts on it!

" For educators privileged to help implement a TAH project, perhaps the most important question that we can continue to ask ourselves and each other is: how can we make our projects even… Continue

Added by John Trampush on July 23, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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