Summer Institute: Upstate, 2008
These are some of the comments received from the twenty-two teachers who just completed the Upstate region Summer Institute July 7-17, 2008. This year’s group of teachers visited seven different cultural institutions ranging from the battlefields of Cowpens to the Hanover house at Clemson University.
"Helped me come up with connecting concepts as well as creating historical perspective"
"I have learned so much-thanks for your hard work and inventive methods to make learning fun-A+"
Each day, Dr. Paul Anderdson of Clemson University led the participants through a series of lectures and book discussions focusing on American history up to 1865 while Master Teacher Amanda Davidson conducted training sessions on methods for teaching with primary source materials and using methods on how to better engage your students.
By the last day of the Summer Institute, each participant had completed an outline of the lesson plan they intend to continue working on throughout the school year and a good number of resources to put to use in the classroom.
Although everyone was eager to return home, there were some who were sad that the course was ending. Many exchanged email addresses and phone numbers in the hope of helping each other throughout the school year. From this exchange came one of the nicest comments the staff of TAHSC could hope to hear, “The institute was great! Everything was well organized and lots of fun. I learned a lot!"