2009 OCSS Conference Presentation

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Presentation for the 2009 Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting and Conference.

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  • Introduce myself. Go over information in packet Ask about past experiences with History Day Why do I do this? I loved history growing up, but I didn’t want to teach in a traditional classroom setting so I majored in Public History, which means I took history in addition to Museum Studies, Archives, Historic Preservation and Local History. I got an M.A. in Museum Studies in Upstate NY, focusing on museum education. I interned with the New York State History Day Coordinator and took over that position while I was still in graduate school. In May 2006 I moved to Columbus to be the Ohio History Day Coordinator, so here I am. Trying to make history fun for students and teachers. I have a presentation prepared, but I am here to help you, so please stop and ask me lots of questions. My goal for this presentation is to help you understand effective methods of implementing the program into the classroom and to get you excited about this project’s potential.
  • 2009 OCSS Conference Presentation

    1. 1. History IS Exciting! Student Historians and National History Day Megan Wood, State Coordinator, National History Day in Ohio 2009 OCSS Conference www.slideshare.net/meganwood
    2. 2. What is History? Some students say- “ Old stuff” “ Stuff that happened in the past” “ Important events from the past” BUT- it can be more History is the study of the past or an interpretation or understanding of the past! History as an active field of study and inquiry.
    3. 3. How do we make it exciting? <ul><li>Interaction with primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Independent discovery </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul>
    4. 4. What about the standards? Grades 3-5: Social Studies Skills and Methods, Benchmark A: Obtain information from a variety of primary and secondary sources using the component parts of the source. Grades 6-8: Social Studies Skills and Methods, Benchmark C: Present a position and support it with evidence and citation of sources. Grades 9-10: Social Studies Skills and Methods, Benchmark A: Evaluate the reliability and credibility of sources.
    5. 5. National History Day <ul><li>Grades 4- 12 (4-5 exhibits only at State level!) </li></ul><ul><li>Research Project based on an annual theme </li></ul><ul><li>Create projects and attend local, state, and national competitions! </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is History Day? <ul><li>Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Performances </li></ul><ul><li>Documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites </li></ul>
    7. 7. Student Acquired Skills <ul><li>Reading- primary & secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Applying creative thinking to everyday problems </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis and interpretation </li></ul>
    8. 8. How do teachers do it? <ul><li>Required Class Project </li></ul><ul><li>Example Schedule (AP teacher from Dayton): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>November- Topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>December- Topics/Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>January- Research/Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February- Project </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. How do teachers do it? <ul><li>Required Class Project </li></ul><ul><li>Example Schedule (AP Teacher from Dayton): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Due Dates: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>December 15 th - 10 sources (5 primary, 5 secondary) in correct format with annotation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 3 rd - Essay due explaining project and research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 17 th - 20 sources (10 primary, 10 secondary) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 30 th - Process paper due </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>February 6 th - Finished project due </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. How do Teachers do it? <ul><li>Team Teach: </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts and Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies helps guide content and research </li></ul><ul><li>English helps with writing and thesis statement </li></ul>
    11. 11. How do Teachers do it? <ul><li>After School: </li></ul><ul><li>History Day Club </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller Group </li></ul>
    12. 12. Getting Started <ul><li>Pre Register with the NHD-OH office </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Resource CD </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Outreach Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Phone and email consultation </li></ul>
    13. 13. New Programming <ul><li>Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FREE Workshop in Cleveland May 9 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FREE Workshop in Columbus May 13 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Classroom Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with school districts </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Fall CDs </li></ul>
    14. 14. Stories from the field… <ul><li>Connection to historical figures </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to community </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to students </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to family </li></ul>
    15. 15. There’s still time to get involved! JUDGE Ohio History Day April 25 th at Columbus State Community College 8:00 am- 1:00 pm SIGN UP! See student historians in action.
    16. 16. Questions? Contact Information: Megan Wood Ohio Historical Society 1982 Velma Ave Columbus, OH 43202 614.297.2343 [email_address] www.ohiohistoryday.org/historyday My Space: Ohio History Day Expert Blog: historydayexpert.blogspot.com Power Point @ www.slideshare.net/meganwood

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