This is the fourth year in a row that I am teaching American History at the Science Leadership Academy. When I was hired in May of 2008, I made a conscious decision to shift my teaching of history to a fully thematic approach. In my previous years of teaching history I would try to blend the chronological with the thematic in some hybridized version of instruction. Switching to a fully thematic approach was the right move as I reflect upon the development of the curriculum.
One goal I have always tried to accomplish is to push out as much of my classroom as possible into the web so as to share, refine and grow. This year my goal is to account for each day of the year for both of my classes, which I have tried before and fallen short. With the start of a new year comes the motivation to try again. Plan to see unit by unit blogging as the year progresses with a daily breakout of activities, journals and links. I am hopeful that this is the year.