Heather Pang

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Heather Pang

Castilleja School, United States - 8th grade history teacher at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA


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Challenges, Constraints, Competition?

by on June 21, 2017 11:56 pm
Stick with me, this is a bit of a long story to get to some things I am thinking about in terms of making in the classroom. I can now check one thing off that bucket list, I won a blue ribbon at the San Mateo County Fair. (What, that is not on your bucket… Read more Challenges, Constraints, Competition?

Thinking about 3d Geographical Representations

by on November 28, 2016 12:10 am
As a history teacher, I work with maps. I work with students to see how maps can help them understand events. I work with students to read maps. And I work with students to help them make maps.  As we look toward one of the big projects of the 8th grade year, National History Day,… Read more Thinking about 3d Geographical Representations

Not the End of year reflections: A year of history and making

by on September 26, 2016 9:28 pm
I started this post in May. I worked on it a bit in June. Then I abandoned it, lonely on my computer, until I stumbled on it this morning.  So I finished it off (just a little proofreading) and I share it now, even though we are far from the end of the year, and… Read more Not the End of year reflections: A year of history and making

Silhouettes – Old and New Technology of Portraits

by on September 18, 2015 1:44 am
In August, while I was thinking about for a simpler laser cut project to teach Inkscape and the laser cutter in my 8th grade history class this year, I happened upon two things at about the same time. One was a blog post by Sylvia Martinez about starting the year with making (http://sylviamartinez.com/back-to-school-start/) and the… Read more Silhouettes – Old and New Technology of Portraits

What does making in the classroom look like?

by on May 12, 2015 8:44 pm
The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows cohort is a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their… Read more What does making in the classroom look like?

Telegraph Project in History

by on May 1, 2015 8:38 pm
I posted a while ago about the line between instructions and letting students figure it all out, and I said I would report back after I taught the telegraph lesson. I started with a design meeting with our lab director and our tinkerer in residence (yes, I know, it is so cool that I work… Read more Telegraph Project in History

Making and National History Day

by on May 1, 2015 8:27 pm
In some ways, National History Day (NHD) is rather “old school,” a science fair style research competition for history. I started requiring my students to participate in NHD because I saw the potential for deep research and thought, a good match with our department history “habits of mind” and a great opportunity for students to… Read more Making and National History Day

Just in Time Teacher Learning

by on January 31, 2015 11:04 pm
One of the things I like about letting students decide what they need to make for their projects is how much learning takes place between the moment they say “I want to make a model of the Taj Mahal to show how the architecture reflects the way Shah Jahan wanted to memorialize his wife” and… Read more Just in Time Teacher Learning

A little holiday historic making

by on December 15, 2014 8:48 pm
I have some trouble thinking about the 1970s as far back in history, but the White House History twitter feed gave us this gem last week: Betty Ford’s holiday card from 1975 included a pattern for a home made holiday orniment, the Clothespin Cardinal. So, as a historian and a fan of making, I sewed… Read more A little holiday historic making

Where is the line?

by on December 4, 2014 8:35 pm
Every teacher in every classroom contemplating a project plan faces the question of how much guidance, how many constraints, how much help to give students. I have been thinking about this problem in particular for history projects where the content is specific, for example the invention of the telegraph and its effects on American society. … Read more Where is the line?

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