Darlington School: Curriculum Spotlight: Upper School History
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Curriculum Spotlight: Upper School History

Jennifer Collins | October 16, 2020 | 243 views

Darlington's curriculum emphasizes the pursuit of individual excellence in conjunction with the skills necessary for success in the future: collaboration, problem solving, synthesis, conflict resolution, leadership, digital fluency and global citizenship. The Curriculum Spotlight series highlights unique classroom activities and connects them to the overarching curriculum map which aligns specific skills to classes and grade levels for students in pre-K to 12. 

Darlington's teachers have always embraced new teaching tools. Leigh Hadaway, Upper School history teacher, has been using Jamboard to collaborate with her students as they learn about Revolutionary America. Essentially, Jamboard is a whiteboard app where users can quickly pull in images from a Google search, organize save work to the cloud automatically, use the easy-to-read handwriting and shape recognition tool, and draw with a stylus but erase with their finger – just like a whiteboard. It's a great tool for engaging students in the learning process, whether working together in a traditional classroom or through distance learning. 

"We loved using Jamboard to collaborate and rank the Bill of Rights," said Hadaway. "We had lots of good discussion and debate and the online students were equally engaged."

Curriculum Map Connection: 

Unit 2: Revolutionary America

Essential Questions: 

  • What events led to the American Revolution? 
  • How did Americans and the British view the colonies and representation? 
  • Once free, how did America govern itself? 


  • Intelligent expression – both oral and written communication about certain prompts or ideas. 
  • Critical Reading and Analysis – the process of digesting a primary or secondary source and analyzing its intention and meaning. Also, being able to understand a document's place/impact in society.
  • Collaboration – the ability to work together towards a common goal. This includes the ability to offer constructive feedback and troubleshoot problematic group dynamics.
  • Creativity – The ability to think “outside-the-box” when analyzing and problem solving.
  • Making Historical Connections – comparison, contextualization and synthesis