Showcase

I started posting instructional material online back in the 1990's using Microsoft FrontPage. Over the years, I built many websites and taught scores of teachers and students to do the same.

I don't do much to update these sites, but there is useful information that continues to draw visitors. No apologies for dead links.

Teaching With Documents a guide to document-based instruction. Winner of Philadelphia Inquirer's "10 Best Educational Sites" Recommended by DistrictAdministration Magazine's Dr. Hotlist. Still worth a visit for samples of document based questions.

Read > Think > Write > Publish The power of publishing enables students to think like writers, to apply their learning strategies and to organize and express their learning.

Small Learning Communities that Work I'm proud to have been part of the creation of two small learning communities - the Ninth Grade Academy and the Summer Prep School. In each case we first, assembled a team of educators to forge a common vision of teaching and learning. Then schools were organized to accomplish this vision.

Content Reading Strategies that Work Literacy strategies for academic success. Boost student achievement with rigor, relevance and reading.

Designs for Rigor and Relevance - master rigor and relevance in your social studies classroom - lessons, activities, assessments and standards.

Technology Connections That Work forge students, teachers, administrators, and parents into effective educational partners. 

Summer Prep School a program that I developed and directed for academically at-risk students exiting grades 5-8.

Report Cards, Surveys and Inventories these report cards, surveys and inventories that I developed will help you to establish priority areas, identify specific benchmarks, and engage parents.

Abraham Rothberg has had a distinguished career as a journalist, university professor and author of seven published novels, two books of history, a collection of short stories, two children's books, and a volume of literary criticism. He's also a dear friend and mentor. Enjoy his work.

Itinerant Artist Project a portfolio and showcase for artist Jim Mott who traveled across the US, exchanging artwork for hospitality.

Sociology a good model of how you can use a website to support classroom instruction. Makes use of a variety of on-line resources.

Curriculum Mapping for Rigor and Relevance learn how to design rigor and relevance into your classroom, program or school.

Social Studies Standards I'm a former K-12 social studies coordinator - see how you can use the web to communicate with students, faculty, administrators and parents.

Professional Development That Works Strategies, Solutions and Innovations for Technology Leaders.

Block Scheduling Transition how to teach in the block - instructional ideas, activities, student and teacher interviews on block scheduling.

School-Business Project a site I designed to support the Monroe County School - Business Partnership.

Grading Policy Survey an online survey to gather information from school across the country.

International Youth Twinning a site used to partner a Canadian and American high school

Web Design for Teachers learn how to design educational websites - includes everything you need to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom. A FrontPage archive for you web history buffs!

Palm for Educators software, how-to tips and strategies for use of the Palm OS in the classroom. Palm- Does anyone still have one?

Sample Lessons in history, government, economics, civics, geography, inquiry and more ...

Congress and the Lobbyists - Does Congress represent the needs of its public constituency (the electorate) or its financial constituency (its contributors)?

Media Content Analysis -  investigate the content and structure of the media and its impact on society.

World Bank Lesson - You and your team have been contracted by the World Bank to assist in the analysis of the impact of selected global development projects

Survey Project - use quantitative methods to investigate patterns of social values and norms among different groups of people.

Gerrymander Exercise - try your hand at drawing political districts

The Detective Game an exercise in effective group discussion and problem solving

Decision Game - a group simulation of conflict and cooperation.

The Marbles Game - A Society Building Simulation - follow link to rules

Voter Analysis - research voter groups and the issues and positions that will gain their support

Economic Decision Making - a five step decision-making process.

Community Action - a personal or group effort to resolve a problem in the community.

Cultural Time Capsule - develop a PowerPoint "Cultural Time Capsule."

Best City Project - a research project to find the "best city for you."

Map of Europe - try your skills at European geography (you may want to download and run on your computer)

Renaissance: An 6th Grade unit integrating social studies, math, science, music, art and foreign language

Image credit flickr/Gonzalo Barrientos