Reflection Of The EdCafe

May 29, 2013
by

0

Hello World! I learned a great deal about presenting in an informal situation; it is much more personal and for that quite obvious reason you need to engage your audience on a personal level. Each of the questions you ask need to be directed at a certain person or a similar experience the group has […]

Tagged:
Posted in: No Category

Andrea’s USHRS Ed Cafe Reflections

May 29, 2013
by

1

Initially I thought that I would do better in an informal setting because it would be a low stress environment, but the lack of structure opposed to that of a formal presentation stressed me out more. My first presentation was much worse than my second due to the stress of organizing correctly and the time […]

Tagged:
Posted in: Projects

Native American Boarding Schools, An EdCafe Discussion About.

May 29, 2013
by

0

Presenting in the small EdCafe format was a new experience for me, mostly because of its informal nature. Whereas in previous presentations I had been situated in front of everyone else, presenting my work in constant prose and showing my careful preparation, the EdCafe was much different. Because I only presented to 3 (or fewer) […]

Posted in: No Category

Learning From an EdCafe

May 29, 2013
by

1

This past week we had an EdCafe in our USHRS class.  During this time period we met in small groups and had informal discussions about the topics that we had individually researched.  This whole process was really interesting and it was fun being able to sit and talk with other students about each others topics […]

Tagged: ,
Posted in: No Category

Michael’s EdCafe Presentation Reflection

May 29, 2013
by

0

I very much enjoyed our week of EdCafe presentations.  As a more informal form of the final product of a project, it taught me a lot about myself as a presenter.  I learned that many skills have been developed through school around the more formal types of presentations and speeches.  The more informal bit was […]

Posted in: No Category

Vinay’s EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
by

0

Overall I really enjoyed the EdCafe experience. Both presenting and being a participant were rewarding as I learned a lot about history and about myself as a learner. I would definitely recommend doing this again because it allowed me to learn a lot of in depth information about history from my peers, and gave me […]

Tagged:
Posted in: No Category

Harrison’s EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
by

0

I’ve always done formal presentation where we had to memorize a speech and prepare a powerpoint, so doing this seemed a little awkward to me. However, I really enjoyed the EdCafe process. I learned that speaking to a small group informally allows more spontaneous conversation through questions and side notes that other people can add. […]

Posted in: No Category

Reflection: Rise and Fall of Plains Indian Horse Cultures

May 29, 2013
by

0

In terms of presenting, I feel I learned a lot about myself and others, as well as what works and what doesn’t in an informal situation. To begin with, I found time to be the biggest enemy, or at least was for me, in this sort of situation. We were given 20 minutes total to […]

Tagged:
Posted in: No Category

Politics: A Game of Indecision

January 21, 2013
by

0

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/assets_c/2011/11/elephant-donkey-angry-clash-cropped-proto-custom_28.jpg It seems everybody is arguing over political ideology today. Democrats and Republicans are at each other’s throats all the time, comparing liberal vs. conservative ideology on both fiscal and social issues. Furthermore, political pundits always seem to be citing evidence from the past as a reason why their ideology is superior. Given this, I […]

Posted in: No Category

Nobody’s Perfect (Not Even America!)

December 13, 2012
by

4

Editor’s Note: Sometimes we use our public reflection blog to showcase student projects. Clare’s post below is from our Democracy & Political Participation Project, in which she explores a key moment in American Civil Rights history. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will […]

Posted in: Projects

The Mock Election

November 12, 2012
by

2

Now that we are done with our first project, I am excited to see what the next project is going to be and what it is related to.  But before we start the second project, the entire junior class is going to be holding a mock election of the upcoming 2012 election for the whole […]

Posted in: No Category

On Being a Hyphenated-American

October 25, 2012
by

2

During out latest US History Research Seminar project, we explored what it means to be an American. The goal of this project was to answer these 3 essential questions: What defines an American as an American in 2012? What are the characteristics of an American and how were those fostered/developed? How do contemporary and historical […]

Posted in: No Category

The View of A Brasilian (Yes, It’s Spelled Right)

October 24, 2012
by

4

Project #1, find out how Americans identify themselves. As soon as I found out that this was our first project I thought to myself, “Oh no, not a project about Americans and their self importance.” America is a very powerful nation that I respect and that has aspects that I really love, but I’m not […]

Posted in: No Category

I Shouldn’t Be In This Class

October 24, 2012
by

4

I didn’t want to take this course. This course terrified me. This course seemed dangerous to my future. I am in “United States History Research Seminar” today because I know what I’m good at, and this is not something I’m good at. It is a concept that I’ve learned sometime during my thirteen years at […]

Posted in: Learning

The Benefits of Working On a Group Project

October 22, 2012
by

1

There are so many benefits of working on a group project. First off there is much less stress. Both people can split up the work and this makes it a lot easier for both parties. Secondly, people can cover each other’s weaknesses and make a stronger product than if one person just worked on something. […]

Posted in: Projects

Learning in the Social Media Era

October 22, 2012
by

3

 Firstly, it is a precious experience for me being in this research-based class since I can discover a lot of interesting facts about the history events. I found it both effective and good for me to learn by doing a lot of research for projects. I don’t feel stressful at all.  I like a lot […]

Posted in: Learning

A New Age of Learning

October 22, 2012
by

0

USHRS is the first research based class I have ever taken, and it happens to incorporate some methods of learning that are not exactly orthodox.  I am particularly excited about this class because unlike in the past, I will have the ability to study what I personally want to learn (to a certain extent).  In […]

Posted in: Learning

Learning Independently

October 21, 2012
by

0

The pupil can only educate himself.  Teachers are the custodians of apparatus upon which he himself must turn and twist to acquire the excellencies that distinguish the better from the poorer of God’s vessels. ~Martin H. Fischer In USHRS this year, I have started to truly appreciate the idea of an independent research class. Not […]

Posted in: Learning

The Pros and Cons of USHRS

October 17, 2012
by

1

Coming into my junior year, I didn’t know what to expect from USHRS. I had chosen the class because I think US history is interesting (some of it at least) and I was told that if I didn’t like to read, then I should not go to APUSH. I think that I made the right […]

Posted in: Learning

Being American

October 16, 2012
by

0

With the first class project being about finding what it means to be an American. I have learned from interviewing people that being an American allows for the opportunity to do whatever you wish and living in America allows it to be easy to make your dreams come true. I have also learned that from […]

Posted in: Learning