On Friday October 23rd, I was privileged to introduce the National Postal Museum's new website, Moving the Mail West at Teachers' Night 2009 held at the Natural History Museum this year. It was my first time participating, and I had a blast from start to finish! (Even though I had to leave a little early because I almost lost my voice from talking so much that night.) I never saw so many teachers in one place. And, I was amazed at their willingness to come to an event on a Friday night, especially after a long week at work. The energy and enthusiasm of the teachers was invigorating, and I will remember my experience fondly for years to come. Check out the photo below, NPM staff and volunteers at Teachers' Night.
It was indeed a night to remember. I say this for several reasons. First, Teachers' Night was the public venue for sharing an exciting project that I had worked on with numerous talented NPM staffers for nine months. Second, it was my opportunity to provide middle school teachers and students with interactive resources that I helped to develop to make history fun to learn. (Yes, I believe it's possible!) Third, it's a project that I am proud of because it can help teachers "teach" and students "learn" by using web-based technology and traditional teaching methods to facilitate a deeper understanding of history. Fourth, it's a website that can be used by teachers, students (public, private, and homeschooled), and other educators in facilitating the study of 19th century American history, postal history, and the American West.
With myriad primary and secondary sources, downloadable lesson plans (intregrating SOL standards and skills) and accompanying worksheets, classroom and web-based activites that includes an interactive Pony Express game, I am confident that teachers and students alike will find themselves engaged with this website. Based on some of the feedback I received that night, teachers are just as excited about this site as I am. In fact, I even had two different teachers tell me, "I love you. This is exactly what I have been waiting for!" What better PR is that? Well, this is where "you" come in...
Please check out Moving the Mail West at: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/mmw, and get the word out to others about this great teaching and learning resource. I look forward to your comments, especially any teachers that attended Teachers' Night 2009 and came to the National Postal Museum's table!