Maine Historical Society hosted teacher workshops on August 4 in Portland and August 6 in Bangor as part of a grant from the Library of Congress to create lesson plans pairing Maine Memory Network primary sources with items on the LOC’s digital museum, American Memory. The workshops, which were open to a total of 50 teachers, were completely reserved out. The Portland session was held at MHS, and the Bangor session was graciously hosted by the William S. Cohen Middle School.
In addition to presentations by MHS Manager of Education Kathleen Neumann, each group heard from a veteran Maine Memory teacher on the benefits of using primary sources in the classroom, as well from Maine Department of Education Social Studies Specialist Kristie Littlefield.
Nearly 40 of the 50 attendees have responded to a survey, offering high marks and glowing comments about the content-rich day and the practical application for the classroom. One teacher wrote, “Thank you for your time and effort in planning today’s workshop. I can’t wait to start delving into [this] in greater detail. I’m so excited. I’ve emailed the History department head to put me on the beginning of school agenda to share what I’ve learned.”
Five case study teachers will be chosen via a competitive application process to develop their own lesson plans and be observed throughout the academic year by Kathleen. Those plans will eventually end up on Maine Memory.