This team's Lesson Plan and their Comments
|Chris Langley||Sandy Langley|
Lone Pine, CA
Lone Pine, CA
I have spent most of my adult life in education, first teaching
in the Peace Corps in Iran and for the last twenty-six years in
a small rural school where I can see Mt. Whitney out my window.
I am presently teaching middle school. I have a language arts-history
class of 6-7th grade students, a sixth grade math class, and
multi-age groups in a writing class, drama, and AVID, a study
skills, motivational class. I fully came to understand the power
of primary sources working at UCLA as a Fellow in their California
History-Social Studies Project. Being a "severely" rural
school with an innovative culture, we began exploring the potential
of online resources several years ago. People ask what you do
in a small town. I am president of the Lone Pine Film Festival.
(More than 250 films have been made here since 1920). Spent a
day with Mel Gibson and Richard Donner while they worked on Maverick
and got to work with Gregory Peck this past festival. I am president
of the local Lion's Club and am involved in several of their
service projects. I have two wonderful sons and have taught them
both. In fact I was my older son's sixth grade teacher, Sunday
school teacher and scout master the same year. We took Saturdays
off. I am excited about traveling east this summer as I grew
up in New York, graduated from Dartmouth.
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I have lived and taught in this tiny, rural community for twenty
six years. After graduation from Sonoma State University, I began
my teaching career in Peace Corps, in Iran. From there, I taught
for three years in a mining camp in Northern California. In my
tenure here in Lone Pine, I have taught all levels from Kindergarten
to Twelfth Grade. I currently teach a 6/7 multi-age Language
Arts/Social Studies Core Block, an 8th grade American History/Language
Arts Core Block, AVID class, and elective; including such subjects
as Children's Literature and Drama.
I am a Native Californian. My father's family is from Sonoma
County, and we are into the fifth generation there, but my mother's
family is from Oklahoma, which accounts for my Creek ancestry.
I grew up in a small town on California's Mendocino Coast. I
like to say that I have never lived anywhere that isn't scenic.
We have raised two fine sons, one of whom is a First Grade Teacher
in Sonoma County, as is his wife. Our other son is a musician.
When my husband read of the American Memory Institute and the
requirements, he said, "That's us. They just don't know it
yet." We are History and Geography Fellows at UCLA and have
spent the last two years building a small but good collection
of primary sources for our students to work with. We have been
working with the internet at our school for the last three years.
I am excited about meeting teachers with the same interests and
learning how to better use internet resources.
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