A blog following teacher Aaron Jura as he plans engaging, yet relevant English Language Arts content for High School students in New Orleans, LA.
As some of my students know I too have been engaging with learning and keeping up a growth mindset. I enrolled in a Masters of American History through Gilder Lehrman and Adams State University.
This term I have been studying Colonial North America and many of the things I have been learning have been eye opening to me and I am currently writing a unit on Colonial North America for Teachers Pay Teachers using primary source material to analyze history.
The most important reminder I have had from my professor John Fea has been related to the idea that history needs to be examined through a non-Whig prospective. This has really forced me to analyze sources from an outside view and has made me a better instructor.
I will post my essays here for you to peruse as well as a culminating lesson plan that you will be able to access at no cost and use in your classrooms. If you want some great resources for discussing Colonial North America in class there are two books I recommend that we have covered in the course:
Alan Taylor's American Colonies is what we are using in class as our secondary source. It is an amazing narrative view of life in colonial times. The other book is a collection of primary sources on the Stono rebellion that I pulled from my college years called STONO.
Mr. J is a high school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. J believes in the power of educators to help children and families achieve. Follow his blog for tips and techniques to keep engagement high and student achievement at the forefront.