Writing your own textbook isn’t as scary as you think . . .

Doing Social Studies

Well, it’s a little scary . . . but the rewards outweigh the scariness, I promise!

ImageOur social studies department has been working for the past year to come up with a new curriculum that replaces textbooks from a publishing company. There has been a lot of discussion at PLC meetings and a lot of attending professional development workshops.

I first heard the term eBooks from Glenn Wiebe when he met with elementary and middle school social studies teachers to discuss the new state standards and strategies we can use in our classroom to go along with them. But it wasn’t until I attended the workshop “Creating Content with Apple’s “iBook Author” with Kendall Warkentine (Derby USD) at the KCSS No Citizen Left Behind conference last fall in Topeka that I really started processing the idea of creating my own content.

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Why study history? A 3rd day of school lesson….

Doing Social Studies

Blogs this time of the year are full of wonderful ideas for the first day of school. I would like to share with you a lesson that I do on the 3rd or 4th day of school after all procedural things are taken care of.

I start off by brainstorming with the kids – asking the question “What don’t you like about history?” We write their answers on a flip chart.

Then I show them this awesome YouTube video by jhayesteach.  It highlights a small little speck of the amazingly cool things about history!

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Summer Travel – Vegas!!

My next (and last) summer travel spot was Vegas!! My boyfriend and I love this magical place, we had a great time. Stayed at the Flamingo which is the perfect location on the strip, walked around, lost some $$, and ate hot dogs!

Click here to see my Vegas photos!


Summer Travel – San Francisco!

Finally, I have had a semi-relaxing summer! Between cheerleading camp and completing my masters, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco with a friend to visit another friend from our days at Kansas State University. Here are some pics of our beautiful weekend….excuse my awkwardness.



At Mumm’s in Napa!


My FAVORITE store!!! Yes I picked up some classroom supplies…..and was still able to stuff them into my suitcase for the trip home!


We purchased matching rings from Brandy Melville (http://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/)…because, well, we’re best buds.


Don’t mind me, just chillin’ at a castle


I’m terrible at selfies



Wonderful breakfast place in St. Helena on our way to the castle (http://www.themodelbakery.com/)


Sparkling wine at Mumms! We fancy


Yummy food at Gott’s! Yes we indulged in greasy cheeseburgers, fries, and chocolate shakes before we drank champagne….don’t judge. (http://gotts.com/)


My fave winery, Madrigal (http://www.madrigalfamilywinery.com/)


Reunited and it feels so good!

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