Submission by Angie Hillman
Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District
For several years I taught bits and pieces of the Holocaust in my high school literature classes. However, it was not until I began teaching my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade learning disabled students these lessons in history through my project based learning unit that I created at an Intel class that my life and theirs began to change. Through my Intel unit my enthusiasm for teaching has been reborn. In this day and age with all the state testing and other things weighing heavy on educators I had lost my focus on how to make learning fun. Through the creation of my Intel unit I have been able to bring that fun back into my classroom with the highest level of instruction possible for my students.
At times my students have struggled to enjoy school and to feel like a real part of the school itself. My Intel unit entitled “The Strength of the Human Spirit” has made it possible for them to attend amazing Holocaust survivor events, travel to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, do service work in the community, be featured in the newspaper, and become leaders among their peers as Holocaust educators themselves. My students and I hosted a two-day ‘Days of Remembrance’ event last year. During our day and evening activities over 750 students and community members attended.
The PPT was created by students.