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The Newtown Tragedy

Quintus_T_Cicero Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 6:33 PM
Just because the lessons are approved for use doesn't mean that the District will mandate them. I teach in Texas, and as long as I follow the U.S HISTORY TEKS, I can pretty much use whatever lessons I want to or make my own.
Quintus_T_Cicero Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 6:46 PM
Whether bor not the lessons are actually used in the classrom is up to the teacher. My district has a Curriculum Planner on line. It has many good lessos an presentations, but ultimately I and my fellow teachers decide what is used and how it is used in the classroom. As an example, beginningnext semester I will be teaching WW II> Most of my lessons come from the National World War II Museum,and only a few from my planner. The WW II Museum Lesson Plans are actually better for what I teach and the way I teach. Teaching style and TEKS determine lesson planning.

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