George Washington and Mount Vernon
To prepare for my 2018 Washington at War summer residency
at George Washington's Mount Vernon,
I read books and made reflections
concerning his, and others', experiences
from being a soldier to becoming commander in chief.
This page is a collection of all of those things in one place.*
For the summer residency, scroll to the lower half of the page.
If you are interested in applying to a place-based teacher institute, read my thoughts here:
Application, Acceptance, and Anticipation
Below is the process of applying for the teacher institute (summer residency) at Mount Vernon.
This is a series of reflections inspired by Edward G. Lendel's book, General George Washington.
A Soldier's Memoirs
At the age of 70, Joseph Plumb Martin finally recorded his memories of eight years in the Revolutionary War. My thoughts:
Integrated Activity Planning
My activity sets, including video support, crafts, and integration with other areas of study, are below.*
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S RULES OF CIVILITY ANALOGIZED WITH HOGGATTEER PROCEDURES & EXPECTATIONS
When George Washington was about 16 years old, he set about to copy 110 Rules of Civility from a school book. The exercise was intended to improve his penmanship while at the same time develop his character. While some of the Rules are obsolete, a few of them are quite relevant today.
2018 Teachers Institute Residential Program
I photographed these two original pieces of art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art during a separate teacher residency there during the same summer (2018).
The artwork (right) was hung over the fireplace in Harry Truman's Oval Office at the White House. This reproduction hangs in the Oval Office replica at the Truman Library and Museum.
*Of course, George Washington is only part of the Revolutionary story.
He'll show up in other activity sets on the Cultivating America page, as well.
In the weeks and months to follow the Teachers Institute, each participant is to make professional presentations at home. One of my first duties was to thank members of the PTA for their support. I made that presentation, with a slide show, at the first meeting of the 2018/9 school year.
To continue building my own knowledge base, I continue to read about the founding era:
I finally get the opportunity to present Professional Development in our school before hopefully making a statewide presentation next summer: George Washington Pooped
In September 2018, I was invited to participate in the fifth anniversary celebration for the Washington Library at Mount Vernon. Representatives traveled to the Harry Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, to broaden the celebration.
With such a spirit of excitement, I was eager to return for a second dose of the George Washington Teacher Institute at Mount Vernon. That meant repeating the application process. I was not accepted, this time, but I've placed my essays here for future consideration.