I had an amazing week at the workshop. I met some really great teachers, enjoyed the walking tours with the professors, and bounced some lesson plan ideas off of the master teacher assigned to our workshop. I struggled a little to align the Common Core standards with my lesson ideas. I also struggled to settle on a lesson plan. By Friday morning I had a lesson, it was pretty rough and I was a little embarrassed to present it. The master teacher gave us until the following Tuesday morning to put the lesson into the proper template (Note to self, take your laptop to workshops, NOT your iPad.) It also gave me a couple of days to make it better. Still I did not turn in my best lesson plan because it needs lessons to explain the circumstances around it.
This lesson plan has been sitting in my Google.docs waiting for me to make it more user friendly for my students. I decided it needs an upgrade. I am going to make it into a website with lessons that build up to it. It will sit in the middle of this website and students will look at the documents and activities and be able to see it as it should be--part of the big picture. This lesson will be getting an upgrade. I will resubmit it to Gilder Lehrman as something I can be proud of.
I saw this on Twitter today and thought it was appropriate to why I need to upgrade the lesson.