Monday, May 4, 2009

Teaching with the Swine Flu

Okay that is a little misleading. I wanted to catch your attention. I do not have the Swine Flu but my school is closed until May 11th because of the swine flu. If I taught a different grade level I would not be stressing this little “flucation” but I teach 10th grade AP World History. The AP test is May 14th and we have been out of school since April 30th so my kids are missing valuable instruction and after-school review time.

Then one of my overachievers emailed my work account and I had to most awesome idea. Well it took a few emails for the idea to really click. She emailed wanting to know if the shutdown was true. I told her that it was and because of that she needed to be studying on her own for the test. This young charge of mine emails back with the OMG I forgot about the test what do I need to do? I kept my fingers from typing YOU STUDY! (I have to remind myself on many occasions that my students are 15 and 16 year olds depending on when their birthday is. They must be 5 by September 1st to start kindergarten.) I told her that most of my material was at school but if she gave me a couple of hours I could start to put study guides together for her and email them to her.

This brought about another email: Ms. PC can you email these people as well and that is when it hit me like a ton of bricks. They all have Myspace pages so instead of trying to make sure I have accurate emails for everyone and sending tons of attachments I used my unused Myspace page and started to post study guides in the blog section. I make one post and check comments on the post and it is easy-peasy as my kids would say.

I have now posted 4 study guides for my little darlings. No comments from them so I do hope that they are using them to get ready for the test. This is not a test that you lightly study for. In fact I will be really nice and give you a question that they might see on the test.
Contacts between Hindus and Muslims led to
a. the seclusion of Hindu women
b. constant warfare between the two groups
c. the absorption by the Muslims of many Hindu social practices
d. mass conversion of Hindus to Islam
e. decreased trade opportunities

Take a stab at the answer, this is one of the easier questions because it is a fact question the concept questions are even harder than this.


Felicia said...

No wonder you won teacher of the year. You know what, if you go to edit your blog on your myspace, it should tell you how many people have read your blog. Then you'd know if any of your kids have looked at it. And, um, I hated history, so I would be playing einey meiney miney mo on that question you asked....but, is it C??

PennyCandy said...

Felicia - you would be correct. Thanks for the tip on the blog for Myspace. You can tell I do not spend a whole lot of time there.

HeidiTri's said...

Well-I hate to admit it but my guess would have been wrong! Oh well. It's awesome that you're giving the students a way to study. It sort of reminds me of "Blackboard" for online classes.

PennyCandy said...

Yeah it is a lot like that. I didn't even think of that. I liked the blackboard when I was working on my Masters.