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I am a teacher influencer interested in growing my consulting brand. I want to help teachers teach history & social studies better. I am an expert in engagment (check out History in the Kitchen & my podcast!), nonfiction reading strategies, classroom management, building and refining social studies & history courses, and diversifying social studies & history curriculum to tell a greater, more whole story. I would love to help market brands that could help teachers do their jobs more efficintly. Self-care for teachers is also something I believe in and push, as you can't pour from an empty cup!

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REPOST! Jersey! Let's use this holiday to contribute to the native Ramapough Lenape Turtle Clan, the original caretakers of the land. Before 1492 colonialism they were here, with knowledge indigenous to the Jersey land, and a culture based on connection to the Earth. Their Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm incubates this knowledge and transmits this culture. Food sovereignty means you are not dependent on others for food, and food is life, so it's a spiritual battle. Organic and fresh food sovereignty is life, so Seeds are life- the @meaningoftheseed put out an amazing documentary AND book (slide 2) about the Three Sisters Farm in Jersey that is "producing hemp, as a traditional medicine, and many CBD products are starting to roll out." (Slide 1, 4) It is their culture that allowed them to survive events, including the more recent crisis of Ford Motor Co. dumping lead paint in their waterways in Ringwood, starting in the late 1960s, leading to disease and symptoms from memory loss to ear infections to testicular cancer to overall shortened lifespan. Chief Mann of the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape laments that this has robbed them of a whole generation of elders. According to Chief Mann, "The Turtle Clan has endured untold deaths from cancers, and live with a plethora of health ailments as well as loss of culture due to the lack of clean land in which to farm, hunt, fish, and gather upon." According to the Creation Story, Sky Woman fell from the air and into the oceanic abyss, landing, thankfully, on the back of a turtle (New Jersey was once referred to as Turtle Island). She was not resourceless, she had a pouch with three seeds representing the Three Sisters the farm is named after. (Slide 7) Pease follow @meaningoftheseed and, on FB or on instagram, the farm @munsee_threesisters DM to volunteer, buy book as a way to donate in bio. . . #historyteacher #teachersofinstagram #historymatters

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m so very grateful for my friends & family (that includes you!!), for having such a loving school community, and for all the blessings and opportunities I have personally and professionally. Pictured above is me on a beautiful fall night in Colonial Williamsburg. I’m so thankful to be able to travel with students again. Don’t forget to tell people you love them and you’re thankful for them- today and every day. #teacherlife #thanksgiving #historyteacher #middleschoolteacher #teachersofig

The holidays are quickly approaching! Why not grab a history tee for your favorite historian or history teacher (including yourself!) I've made each design myself and hope the person you are gifting loves them as much as I do! Link in bio or visit https://amzn.to/3mYWbfn! Want a tee that you don't see? Let me know! #holidays #holidaygifts #blackfriday #christmaspresent #hanukkahgift #historytee #historyteacher #historyteachersofig #instateacher #teacherstyle #teachertee #socialstudiesteacher #middleschool #elementaryschool #highschool

This is me in my most favorite place, @colonialwmsburg . I recently got to take 85 of my 8th grade besties to this beautiful place to experience the power of place- the beauty, the wonder, the hard history, and everything in between. It’s one thing to read about something in a book, it’s another to be where it happened and see it through your eyes and through the eyes of the many people of the past. Why do I look so tired? Because I took 85 of my 8th grade besties on a 4-day excursion! But it was well worth the exhaustion. . . . #americanhistory #ushistory #historyteacher #socialstudiesteacher #socialstudies #iteach #middleschool #highschool #elementaryschool #learn #historymatters #teachersofinstagram #knowledgeispower #teachingideas #educationconsultant #teachingresources #motivation #education #powerofplace #fieldtrip

Hi everyone! 👋 ❤️Sorry I’ve been missing for awhile. Teacher life got overwhelming. But now I’m back. And I can’t wait to clue you in. First, I bring you my new status as pie eating champion 🏅🏆 With a winning strategy, I ate the most pumpkin pie at school assembly. I bask in this glory. How have you been? I’ve missed you! .⁣ #classroom #education #history #iteach #school #teach #teacher #teacherblogger #teachergram #teacherlife #teacherofinstagram #teachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teachersofinstagram #teachersofthegram #teacherstuff #teachertips #teaching

Starting research for my next book. Can you guess the topic?? 🇮🇹 🇺🇸 #author #yaauthor #yabooks #historyteachersofinstagram

❤️love first, then content. #teachersodig #instateacher #hiatoryteacher #middleschoolteacher #elementaryteacher

Today was our school’s all-school gathering. We are one school on three campuses, and once a year we get together all on one campus. IT IS THE BEST! I get to see all my colleagues, former students, younger siblings of current and former students, and our students perform. They are so so talented! At this year’s gathering my husband joined the fun because I was presented with a school sweater for winning our Founders Cup award. It was extra exciting and I love my sweater. Thank you, MKA! 💙💚🐾

I love the smell of books. My friend Ruddy saw this and thought of me. The librarians get me! #librariansrock #historyteacher #booksmell #teachersofinstagram

New episode today! In this one I address my reflection on teaching Indigenous history and how I integrate it into my American history class (and how you can, too!) . . 🎧listen wherever you get podcasts or link in bio! ⭐️like what you hear? Please leave a review! . . #ushistory #podcast #podcaster #americanhistory #historyteacher #socialstudiesteacher #socialstudies #iteach #middleschool #highschool #elementaryschool #learn #historymatters #teachersofinstagram #knowledgeispower #teachingideas #educationconsultant #teachingresources #representationmatters #indigenoushistorymonth

Here I am. In a cornfield. Took my family pumpkin picking today and couldn’t help but rewind the history in my head alll the way back to where it all started: maize and the indigenous people of central Mexico. I taught about the cultural hearth Oaxaca this week and will move into the Zapotec later this year. Indigenous history is all around us. You don’t even have to look hard, you just have to be willing to be aware. 🌽 If you can, teach the students outside. Or bring an ear of corn to school. Loop them in with that adorable it’s corn kid. There’s power here to engage and inform! . . . #historyteacher #itscorn #teachersofinstagram #fallvibes #iteachsocialstudies #iteachhistory #iteachmiddleschool #iteachfifth

Have a great weekend! Get some rest! . #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #historyteacher #teacherlife #weekend

I started a history club. And kids joined! My budding historians and I enjoyed hot chocolate and brownies and determined topics we want to study this trimester. The list includes dinosaurs 🦖, radium girls ☢️ , the history of television 📺, Sesame Street, Princess Diana 👑, the moon landing 🌙, plague 🦠, and the Titanic 🚢. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but I CANNOT WAIT. They warmed my historian heart with their curiosity. . . . #thekidsarealright #history #historian #historyclub #historyteacher #historyteachers #historyteachersfollowloop #teachersofig #snacks #hungryhistorians

Tea was central to the British colonial economy and to the culture. So much about America’s past (through the European lens) can be learned from studying tea. When we teach about tea as part of the causes of the American Revolution, it’s just as important that we teach our students how deeply ingrained this drink was in people’s everyday lives so that they understand what the big deal about tea is. Over the years I’ve collected tea sets and I have “afternoon tea” as a lesson with students so they can get into the shoes of a person in 18th century British North America. It’s a fun way to teach them without them realizing they’re learning! ☕️ 🫖 I also didn’t recognize what a tea snob I am until I opened my cupboard today and saw what a variety I have! Today’s tea is a Washington favorite, cacao infused! I smell a lesson on South American indigenous peoples coming with this particular tea! . . . . . . #americanhistoryteacher #socialstudiesteacher #ushistoryfacts #ushistoryteachers #ushistorymiddleschool #ushistoryclassroom #ushistoryclass #ushistoryteacher #socialstudiesteachers #teachersofinstagram #tea #teachertea #afternoontea #studentengagement

Whose Independence (Updated and digital!)

Last year I decided it was high time to use other sources in addition to the Declaration of Independence to explore what the Declaration has meant to different people at different periods of time. What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and the Declaration of Sentiments against the Declaration of Independence, and it was an eye-opening experience for students to see that there were numerous, varied responses to the Declaration over time. all men are created equal” didn’t apply to everyone, but reading real people’s responses and starting to empathize with their hurt and frustration helps them see this concept in a new way. This year, I also included a Declaration of Independence written by the Freedom School students of St. John’s Methodist Church in Palmer’s Crossing Mississippi in 1964.

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