Molly Smith
  • Baltimore, MD
  • United States
Share Twitter

Molly Smith's Friends

  • Diana Laufenberg
  • Jeff Kohls
  • Michael Hutchison
  • Bill Chapman

Molly Smith's Groups

 

Molly Smith's Page

Latest Activity

Molly Smith replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Why Don't Students Like School? --Chapter 3 in the group Book Club
"I have been thinking a lot as I read this book. I am not sure I am rethinking anything in particular as a result of this chapter. I agree that relationships are important in student learning. I also believe that some underlying structure and…"
Jul 17, 2012
Molly Smith replied to Bill Chapman's discussion AOTD Discussion question #5 - Is Twitter the ultimate descendant of the telegraph? in the group Book Club
"This is interesting. I have been thinking a lot about the role social media play. I think that viewing things like Twitter and Facebook from an entertainment perspective is too simplistic. When I read the book, I found myself agreeing with Postman,…"
Aug 11, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Nate Everett's discussion What topic in history? in the group Lesson Study Project
"Sounds great. My house should be blessedly silent at that time of day. I brought this to my US history team yesterday in a summer work session, and they were really excited about it. I can either have my whole team do it, or simply go off on my own…"
Aug 10, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Nate Everett's discussion What topic in history? in the group Lesson Study Project
"Nate and Beth, I can make weekends work, although Saturdays tend to be better because my husband takes the kids to his mother's most weeks. On Sundays they are home with me while he works, which can mean interruptions. Once football season…"
Aug 8, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Nate Everett's discussion What topic in history? in the group Lesson Study Project
"I am very interested in this. We do not necessarily line up with standards at my school, but we have been talking about the big questions in American history, and American identity is one that comes up over and over. That is also a time when the…"
Aug 5, 2011
Molly Smith joined Nate Everett's group
Thumbnail

Lesson Study Project

We can collaborate together to build a lesson together, teach the same lesson in our classes, observe (with tech) the lesson being taught, and critique the lesson in order to make it better.  This is the basis for lesson study.
Aug 5, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Bill Chapman's discussion AOTD Discussion question #3 - Should we bar the televising of news, politics & other "serious" subjects? in the group Book Club
"I am torn by this question a bit. While I buy into what Postman says about news being packaged as entertainment on television, I also think that those stories, even brief and superficial can spark an awareness that can lead people to take action and…"
Aug 4, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Bill Chapman's discussion AOTD Discussion question #2 - Does the history of newspapers in the US support Postman's argument? in the group Book Club
"These two images point out the vast cultural differences in the time periods as well as the impact of mass culture. I think that students can see the superficiality of USA Today and other like sources, if we guide them. I had a student whose initial…"
Aug 1, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Bill Chapman's discussion AOTD Discussion question #1 - Is it possible to train students to think typographically in the age of entertainment? in the group Book Club
"This is a really interesting question. I agree with the notion that in teaching history we must teach students how to analyze documents in as close to original context as possible, getting them to recognize their presentism. We do need to teach them…"
Aug 1, 2011
Molly Smith joined David Wallace's group
Thumbnail

Google+

Another way for us to connect, using Google+ if you would please leave your name as well as your twitter handle so that we are sure to look up the right people!
Jul 8, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Bill Chapman's discussion How far along are you in reading Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death? in the group Book Club
"I am about a third of the way through. I expect to finish it this weekend. I read it years ago, so the reread is going quickly. I do feel like I am reading it in a different context, with new technology beyond television to consider."
Jul 8, 2011
Molly Smith added a discussion to the group Games in Social Studies
Thumbnail

Preview, Follow-up and Debrief

I love using games, and I see how they connect to the curriculum but I am not always great at helping kids see the connections and take their learning beyond the specific activity. How do others manage that?
Jul 1, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Chris Potter's discussion What are you doing differently for next year?
"That is really interesting. I like the idea of listing what students are expected to do and how well they do it, rather than a generic name. I am wondering how that works for a more complex assessment like an essay, where content and form are being…"
Jul 1, 2011
Molly Smith replied to Chris Potter's discussion What are you doing differently for next year?
"I will be working to create more of a partnership with students. I want them to share their work more publicly, not just with me. I also want to talk more about different types of writing for different audiences. My personal goal is to provide more…"
Jul 1, 2011
Molly Smith commented on Jeff Kohls's group Games in Social Studies
"I forgot to add the URL for ActiveHistory - www.activehistory.co.uk. Also, there is a free game for WWI that works like "Life in the Trenches"  called "Would you have made a good officer?" - http://bit.ly/kqx6KW. "
Jul 1, 2011
Molly Smith commented on Jeff Kohls's group Games in Social Studies
"There are some great games on ActiveHistory. One of my favorites is "Life in the Trenches." It requires a subscription, but some of the games are free."
Jul 1, 2011

Profile Information

Work / School Affiliation:
Friends School of Baltimore
About Me:
I teach high school history at Friends, both world history and US history. I am looking for ways to connect with other teachers and to get my students communicating with people beyond our classroom. I'm a mom and an avid sports fan, too.
Blog:
http://historyfriend.edublogs.org/
Twitter Account:
historyfriend

Molly Smith's Blog

Free Friday

After reading Daniel Pink’s book Drive I began to think about the idea behind companies that allow workers to direct their own work on specific days, pursuing whatever projects interest them. Couple those insights about the power of autonomy with the persistent, nagging acknowledgment that there is simply too much history that I want to include in my limited course time. The result was what I called “Free Friday.”

I gave students a class period to research anything in history…

Continue

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 6:05am — 5 Comments

Comment Wall

You need to be a member of Social Studies Chat to add comments!

Join Social Studies Chat

  • No comments yet!
 
 
 

Like us on Facebook!

© 2014   Created by Angela Cunningham.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service