Sunday, August 2, 2015
Monday, September 1, 2014
|Demetree Learning Commons at|
Bishop Kenny High School
Photo Credit: Mr. Tim Yocum
At the beginning of each new year, I ask students to complete an opening survey regarding their interest and knowledge of history. Here are the results:
|World War II always ranks as a favorite time period of students! I'm glad to see the American Revolution making a comeback.|
|I also ask students to name historic sites or places that they have visited recently. St. Augustine and Washington, DC top the list.|
This year also begins the new College Board Curriculum Framework for AP U.S. History. This new framework represents the largest change to "APUSH" in forty years and brings with it some notable controversy.
Some of the headlines:
- The College Board's Attack on American History (Brietbart)
- Response by College Board President David Coleman
- Newsweek Article regarding the controversy
- The National Association of Scholars Report on the new framework (very detailed!)
I look forward to the journey ahead with all of my students!
Monday, June 2, 2014
|Student presenting a Google Map from his|
iPad using AirServer
Looking back at this school year, I've noticed that students are much more engaged in their learning than ever before. I'm not sure all students fully realize how far they have come since August, but as a teacher, it is amazing to see how launching the iPad really has transformed the way we learn at BK. It is gratifying to watch students helping other students and students helping teachers learn new skills and develop new ways of interacting with academic subjects. I would like to share some examples from my own classroom this year and of course, take the opportunity to brag about the incredible 126 juniors that I had the distinct honor and privilege to teach and to learn from this year. Below are a few examples of activities we conducted using the iPad:
Bringing documents to life using DocsTeach from the National Archives:
Getting away from "PowerPoint" and finding new ways to collaborate and present historical information:
|RWT Timeline App|
- RWT Timeline App: Vietnam War Timeline
- ThingLink App: Slavery in the Early 1800s
- Prezi App: Prohibition (1920s)
- Pinterest Board for the Vietnam War
|Using Pinterest to present the Vietnam Era|
- Disney and History (created with iMovie for iPad)
- Evolution of the Television
- Music of the Decades
- 2000s Pop Music with connections to technology (created with iMovie for iPad)
- 20 People that made America great
- The Roaring 1920s
- Project Space (History of NASA)
- Pearl Harbor
- Manhattan Project and Nuclear Arms Race
- Kennedy Assassination
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Evolution of Women's Attire
- War on Terror
|Using Socrative to review for the AP Exam|
Sunday, April 20, 2014
With such a busy semester, it has been quite some time since my last blog post. However, an hour and a half flight from Washington to Jacksonville gives me an opportunity to share with you the most memorable teaching experience I have had in my career. This week, I had the privilege to take six students from our school to Washington, DC for a four-day tour of the capital and surrounding areas.
As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to inspire a passion for learning in all of my students and as a history teacher especially, to give my students an understanding and appreciation of the past and help form them into responsible citizens. While I strive to do this everyday in the classroom, this trip to Washington really gave me the chance to see that passion for learning come to life. Throughout a very packed four day tour, I had the opportunity to witness these six students be genuinely engaged in learning and take an interest in all the sites and exhibits we visited. They listened intently to all of the lessons given by our outstanding tour director, Monica Martucci. They stopped to read exhibits, to take a closer look at historical artifacts, to ask questions and really take in the sites. Of course, they also stopped to take multiple photos and selfies! Who can resist a selfie with George Washington or a perfectly posed shot holding up the White House? Nothing can be more exciting as a teacher than to see your students huddled around a historic document, carefully examining the text and reading all of the surrounding information.
This is what learning is all about - not memorization, not random facts, but real experiences that expand horizons and create lasting memories. I am thankful that these students had such a great trip and I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Washington with them.
I am thankful for EF Explore America and our consultant, Christine Moore, for expertly planning all of the logistics for this tour. I am also appreciative of the Bishop Kenny administration for allowing this venture and especially my wonderful wife for being so supportive of me and allowing me to be away from home for four days of Spring break.
Parents, thank you for making this opportunity possible for your children and most importantly, thank you Anna, Kelvy, Sarah, Emily, Caitlyn and Maribeth for an amazing adventure!
If interested, check out our pictures on Twitter or Instagram: @michaelbroach or #BKinDC
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Furthermore, with slavery now abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, how would former slaves be integrated into free society? What role would they play in this process? Would African-Americans receive the right to vote? These questions became more challenging to address as bitter political debates turned into vigilante violence in the South. Though Radical Republicans entered the Reconstruction process with the lofty goals of racial equality, when Reconstruction ended in the mid-1870s, race relations were worse, not better.
The effects of Reconstruction lingered on well into the twentieth century.
For this important topic, my students gathered as groups to write blog posts on various topics related to Reconstruction. I would like to feature a few of these as guest bloggers here.
- Mr. Michael Broach
The Vision of Radical Republicans at the End of the Civil War:
See this nicely formatted document, including a fake Facebook wall made for Radical Republicans linked here.
Guest Bloggers (E mod): Emily, Margaret, Julie, Reagan, Kathryn
Race Relations during Reconstruction:Guest Bloggers (C mod): Kayla, Elizabeth, Janel, Mariam, Kennedy; Primary Source Team: Victor, Danny, Reagan, Philip, Javier
By the mid-1870s, many moderates and average Americans in both the North and West were ready to give up on Reconstruction. Just as Lincoln faced opposition to emancipation during the war, many were tired of dealing with the costs, political debates and effects of Reconstruction by Grant's second term.
For this topic, a group of students in one class creatively made a Twitter account for Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic candidate for President in 1876. What would "Moderate Sam" tweet? Check out his Twitter profile here:
Guest Bloggers (B mod): Angela, Maddie and Blythe
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013