Christine Lamson-Olson

Social Studies Teacher

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Ms. Lamson’s Philosophy of Teaching History:

History is like chocolate cake; history has a solid foundation and whether bitter or sweet it offers a rich palette. Real life tales can be more fascinating than fiction. These stories can be found in thousand page manuscripts, in newspaper clippings, old letters, an article of clothing, or a single photograph. Good historical writing is engaging and well-crafted with each word carefully selected to maximize expression. Historical study applies the who, what, where, and when of solid journalism or a night time crime show. More so, historical study seeks the why. History seeks answers to motivation, outcomes and why historical narratives matter at all. As we learn about history we become critical thinkers, we analyze text, and express our ideas carefully and concisely. We learn about our place in the march of time, but also about ourselves. History is a rich subject.

Every history class begins with content. Content is shared through channels such as lectures, power points, text books, discussions and film. Content provides the floor from which class may launch. Primary documents, such as letters, speeches, diaries, advertisements, music, and photographs, provide richness to the historical lens through which the student learns to think critically and analyze people, events and historical concepts. Incorporating historiography, the study of history, allows students to consider a variety of interpretations of the same events as they change over time or with changing perspectives. Research allows students the opportunity to learn independently, access and assess information, analyze and prioritize data, and form and support conclusions. Research allows students to ask far reaching questions and seek out answers. Projects, research papers, writing assignments and Socratic Seminars allow students to collaborate with peers and communicate effectively in written and oral forms. Understanding of historical content deepens as students discuss, present and write about events, moving beyond a linear presentation of facts into understanding the motivation of historical figures and far reaching outcomes. History is story telling at its best.

Courses Taught

  • United States History II Advanced & Honors
  • United States History I Honors
  • Historical Topics Seminar
  • Women’s History
  • American History through Music
  • Public Speaking
  • Contemporary Issues
  • US Government and Politics
  • World History II

Advisor

  • Drama Guild (Club, Producer, Photographer, Website and Social Media)
  • International Thespian Society
  • Destination Imagination
  • Class of 2007