K-12 Classroom teachers

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Kira Duke and Dr. Stacey Graham continue guiding teachers through examining Primary Sources from the Library of Congress.

In this "Evaluating Sources" Activity, the teachers are divided into groups and given opposing views from Howard Zinn, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. Utilizing critical thinking and Primary Sources, teachers discover not only the political bias, but search to find commonality between views.

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Kira Duke and Dr. Stacey Graham guide teachers through examining Primary Sources from the Library of Congress. Teachers develop both open-ended and close-ended questions (based on Writing Prompts and Primary Sources) and discuss the advantages and challenges students may run into in a classroom learning environment.

Kira Duke and Dr. Stacey Graham continue guiding teachers through a workshop examining Primary Sources from the Library of Congress.

The "Research in Team" Activity shows teachers taking on individualized roles in groups examining Primary Sources. Each member scaffolds the research process - ending with group presentations.

Dr. Graham leads teachers through the re-designed Library of Congress website; showing teachers digital exhibits ready for use in the classroom and how Primary Resources can lead to other resources.
The day wraps up a discussion activity with questions students might have in the classroom and how to answer them.

Developing Sheltered Math Classes for ESL Students

Together with Project WET and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Education has developed and produced an educational activity booklet entitled Discover the Waters of Tennessee. The full-color, 16-page activity guide is correlated to the TN Standards and includes a variety of topics such as river uses through history, geology and some pollution solutions for protecting and conserving water resources. We will discuss how to work some of these topics into outdoor classrooms and how to find local partners and resources for your classroom.

Living quietly among us in every community are people who have taken part in events that changed our nation. This program, which features interviews with participants in the lunch counter sit-ins of the Civil Rights Era, will provide tips for conducting interviews and will share some of the primary sources available for your use at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and other repositories.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives, the state’s chief repository of history, has recently launched Tennessee Remembers: Vietnam Veterans. Our aim is to help veterans of the Vietnam War preserve THEIR HISTORY by collecting original documents and memorabilia related to their in-country experiences during the war. This session will explore ways in which resources gathered during this project can be used in the classroom.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives, the state’s chief repository of history, has recently launched Tennessee Remembers: Korean Veterans. Our aim is to help veterans of the Korean War preserve their story by collecting original documents and memorabilia related to their experiences during the war. This session will explore ways in which resources gathered during this project can be used in the classroom.

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial approaches, we hear many references to this critical period of our nation’s history. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is a treasure trove of first-hand information about the Civil War in Tennessee and nearby states. Join us for a look at diaries, letters, and other materials that can help students get “up close and personal” with people who lived through the war.

This program will explore several episodes of Civil War history that took place in our local area. Teachers will hear Civil War historians analyze the war in Tennessee; we will also discuss a number of valuable primary sources that can shed light on specific events of the war and its effect on our area. A highlight of the program will be a "virtual field trip" to important Civil War sites in Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Tim Odegard (MTSU Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies and MTSU Professor) begins the 2016 MTSU Dyslexia Conference with a basic question - “What is Dyslexia?”.

He addresses myths about Dyslexia and cognitive processes of reading.

The session outlines practices to identify characteristics of dyslexia using various sources of student information. This is followed by a practical discussion of instructional methods appropriate for students with characteristics of dyslexia. The session ends by reviewing common accommodations provided to aid students with dyslexia to demonstrate their potential in the classroom.

A group discussion of different progress monitoring tools and methods for English language proficiency.

In Part 1 of the ELL District Collaborative: SPED Procedures for ELL Students we learn how to identify a potential ELL student that is a SPED student as well, the support and resources that WIDA offers, and other FAQs regarding the subject. All this with a small group discussion following the presentation.

A whole group discussion on the topic with an emphasis on the following two questions:
1. Skills that students need to exit ELL and ways to document how they are progressing
2. Kinds of tests for students to determine if a student has special needs or if there is an English language barrier

Presented by Erin Phillips and Heather Knox of Hobgood Elemetary School in the Murfreesboro City School district, this workshop introduces participants to the Content Area Cycle method of teaching, with a special emphasis on ELL students. After explaining the cycle, the presenters use a unit on plants to demonstrate the cycle with the participants playing the role of students.

Erin Phillips and Heather Knox demonstrate two classroom activities that can be used with the Area Content Cycle.

Emancipation was a major step in the journey African Americans made from slavery toward freedom during and after the Civil War. This program models effective strategies for engaging students in the topic of emancipation and its impact on Tennessee history and culture. Classroom teachers will demonstrate strategies such as curriculum integration that help students understand emancipation and how the transition from slavery to freedom changed the idea of citizenship in America.

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