Friday, October 01, 2004

Teaching about the U.S. Presidency

Teaching about the U.S. Presidency. I think all of us are teaching our students one way or the other about the Presidency as the election draws closer. This essay has some good ideas for teaching about the hardest job in the world.

From the site:

Many consider the U.S. presidency to be the most powerful office in the world. What are its constitutional foundations? How has the role of the chief executive changed through the years? What World Wide Web resources are available for teaching about the U.S. presidency?


The delegates to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, who framed the U.S. Constitution, brought with them various conceptions of executive power. Three questions dominated the framers' consideration of the role the executive would play in the new government. First, the delegates discussed whether the executive should be a single individual or whether multiple persons should share the office. Second, they considered at length the amount of power the executive should wield. And third, they debated the best means by which to elect the executive. Generally, deliberations on these questions involved the balance of power in the new government.

The framers feared that a powerful executive could usurp legislative authority and engage in tyrannical actions. The weak executives created by the state constitutions, however, proved unable to prevent state legislatures from trampling on the people's rights. The founding fathers sought to create a government in which, as James Madison explained in FEDERALIST 51, "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition." Madison deemed a balance of power necessary, and he called for a governmental arrangement in which it would be in the best interest of all citizens to resist executive encroachment.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Weather Here and There

Weather Here and There. Six lessons geared for students in grades four through six that cover everything from characteristics of the Earth's atmosphere to forecasting the weather.

From the site:

WEATHER HERE AND THERE is an integrated weather unit which incorporates interaction with the Internet and hands-on collaborative, problem solving activites for students in grades four through six. This unit is divided into six lessons. The lessons integrate math, science, geography, and language arts in the process of teaching and learning about weather phenomena. Students will become involved in collaborative problem solving using e-mail as well as through joining projects offered via the Internet. The Global Education Project will help students see the relevance of science by interacting with scientists and other students across the world, as they collaborate in the study of weather in their environment.

The first three lessons focus on learning basic meteorological concepts about weather elements, how to take measurements using appropriate weather instruments, and recognizing basic weather trends and patterns.

The last three lessons focus on studying weather maps and applying the knowledge and experience about weather to associate weather trends and patterns in the process of making accurate forecasts. The unit culminates with a weather broadcast of a twenty-four hour forecast presented by students and focusing on a network of weather stations in the United States created by the students

Monday, September 27, 2004

Joeant: Education > Resources > Teachers

Joeant: Education > Resources > Teachers. I found this nice list of sites which resources for teachers at the Joeant directory. Joeant sure is a funky name for a web directory.