Hi everyone! This is going to have to be a quick post because my family and I are leaving in about an hour for Wyoming for the holiday weekend to do some mountain climbing and hiking. We plan to return on Sunday evening just in time for me to leave for NYC, so this will be my first and only blog entry before I see you at the Seminar on Monday. I have enjoyed sharing thoughts and ideas on the discussion board with all of you so far and look forward to sharing ideas and lesson plans, etc. next week. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!
From what I have read so far, I seem to have a somewhat unique educational background from most of you. I have spent my entire career (34 years) teaching and serving as an adminsitrator in private schools (Catholic schools specifically), so I know I will bring a definite perspective to the discussions which will hopefully be helpful and insightful. At the very least, it may spark some interesting slants to the materials. I currently teach Advanced Placement US History and Contemporary History courses to Juniors and Seniors in a rather large Catholic high school (1000 students) in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I have been for 24 years. I have also been deeply involved in the Nebraska Writing Project as Principal of this same school from 1997-2006, during which time, we required all of our teachers to take an Embedded Writing Institute sponsored by the NWP. As I mentioned in my introduction on the Discussion Board, my interest in the Holocaust goes back many years to some of my personal experiences and also the fact that I have found that my students find this topic to be very fascinating. I hope to be able to make my classroom presentations on the Holocaust more meaningful and to beg, borrow and steal ideas from others!!