We are enthused by the potential of the Civil Rights chartwheels for our middle and high school Facing History programs. They are excitingly manipulative and, in this age of on-line everything, having a learning tool in your hands that doesn’t have to be downloaded or powered on is refreshing and effective. For our work, as we endeavor to bring the drama and lessons of the Movement to classrooms, this is the perfect complement for teaching and connecting the transformative events of the period. Your Civil Rights chartwheel provides a spine to hang the narrative body on.
– Peter Nelson, Director – NY Office, Facing History And Ourselves
The Civil Rights chartwheel has proven to be an excellent tool. I used it in conjunction with an assessment I do on Civil Rights legislation. The back of the chartwheel helped the students determine which Civil Rights act was violated in various scenarios acted out by students in small groups. Presently, I am using the American Presidents chartwheel as we review for our AP exam next week. I have the samples up on my whiteboard with magnetic clips. Few kids have been able to resist investigating this new tool, and many have offered suggestions as to how we can use them.
– M. Harris, Central High School
I just wanted to let you know that the American Presidents wheel was a great asset in my classroom! …. The students had to answer a question about a president, and were having a hard time using the information on the transparency. I gave them the wheel to help them locate the answer. Using the wheel, they were able to narrow the answer down to 2 choices out of 14. From there they were able to answer the question. They then began to just use the wheel to explore the other presidents listed on the transparency. I had a HARD time getting them (the wheels) back….This was a wonder tool that my students were able to manipulate and use to work together to solve a problem. It grabbed their attention and actually held their interest!
– Rashenah Walker – Teacher, Exceptional Students, Atlanta, GA
Educational ChartWheels are excellent learning tools for students at all levels, from elementary through high school. The wheels instantly capture the attention of students and provide them with immediate feedback. They are engaged in a multi-sensory approach that encourages and prompts them to continue their research online or through traditional hardcopy resources. ChartWheels help make the learning process meaningful and fun. Getting students to truly engage in the subject matter is one of the highest goals teachers strive for in the classroom. This interactive and uniquely flexible learning tool helps teachers achieve that goal.
– A. DeLuca – Former Director of Special Services, Bergen County, NJ
“My students were delighted with the American Presidents Wheel. Here’s how I used the wheels: I distributed the wheels–to squeals of glee–and asked each student to pick a number between 1 and 43. I then explained that each student was assigned to the corresponding President. (I used the wheels to generate a research assignment using our library resources.) I then told them to research in detail the event featured on the wheel. After gathering the information, they presented their findings in an oral presentation. The wheels provided an engaging, fun impetus for their projects.”
– B. Jaccarino – Brooklyn, NY