Thanks for the Memories . . .

Midlands teachers at Historic BrattonsvilleLowcountry Teachers at the Charleston MuseumPee Dee teachers researching at the Darlington County Historical Commission

The 2005 Summer Institutes have come to a close and what a summer it was!  A total of 62 teachers from across South Carolina participated in the three regional institutes. Participating teachers learned historical content, discussed innovative teaching methods, and expanded their understanding of local resources.  The combined talents of Master Scholar Marty Matthews and Master Teachers Wardie Sanders, Mike Kreft, Tim Hicks, and Marc Turner, along with the engaging staff of 25 SC cultural institutions helped to make the summer institutes memorable events. 

Pee Dee Teachers at ThorntreeMidlands Teachers at the State Archives

As the group toured historic sites, watched reenactments, and researched at local archives they generated ideas on how to make history come alive. 

With the Institutes behind them the participants can now implement what they learned over the summer in their classrooms.  Over the next few months, teachers will work with TAHSC Graduate Assistants to develop primary source based lesson plans that demonstrate cultural institution collaboration.  In February 2006, the group will come together again to share their work and reflect on their professional growth.

For more information on the individual institutes see the Pee Dee, Lowcountry, and Midlands articles.