Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 Teacher Workshop

The 2011 NH Project Archaeology Teacher Workshop took place May 13th at the Nashua Historical Society in Nashua, NH. Presented by the NH Division of Historical Resources, the NH State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program and the Nashua Historical Society, this teacher workshop offered interdisciplinary lessons in social studies, math, science, art, communication and language arts. It provided a means to increase environmental awareness, higher-level thinking skills, stewardship values and multi-cultural appreciation.

Ten educators from New Hampshire plus two educators from Massachusetts spent the day at the Nashua Historical Society doing hands-on activities from the Project Archaeology Teacher's Activity Guide. The activities covered fundamental concepts in archaeology with lessons such as, "Why is the Past Important?", "Culture Everywhere", and "It’s in the Garbage". During the workshop guest speaker Edna Feighner, NH Division of Historical Resources archaeologist presented on “The Archaeology of Place – 14,000 Years of History in 60 Minutes”.

The participants left with a wealth of information on how to properly introduce students to archaeology and left with everything they needed to start implementing this interdisciplinary and interactive subject into their classrooms. Workshop leaders were Sheila Charles, Archaeologist and Educator, and Tanya Krajcik, Archaeologist for the NH Division of Historical Resources.

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