This year's Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute will include a variety of activities for the participants. The second day's schedule is going to wear us out with all kinds of captivating activities and presentations.
I'm really anticipating getting to see some significantly historical sites on the tours for Tuesday, while at the same time meeting other teachers from around the country, sharing some professional tales, and getting plenty of exercise.
7–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:10 a.m. Walk to Historic Area
9:30–10:35 a.m. Eighteenth-Century Agriculture Tobacco was the lifeblood of Virginia’s colonial economy. Investigate how this 13-month crop was cultivated and transported, as well as the role of enslaved Virginians working in the cultivation of this “green gold.”
10:35–11:00 a.m. Break and Travel
11–11:45 a.m. History Mystery Use objects and other primary sources to determine how this mystery site was originally used, who may have been here, how it connected to the larger Williamsburg and Virginia communities, and how its economy could be impacted by the American Revolution.
12–12:45 p.m. Capitol Tour Tour the seat of government in Virginia during the colony’s transition to a commonwealth. Learn about the founding principles of our government and your rights and responsibilities as citizens of the Republic.
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:45–3:30 p.m. American Indian Experience During the eighteenth century, Cherokee delegations traveled to Williamsburg to negotiate trade agreements and alliances. Members of local tribes, such as the Nottoway and Pamunkey, also came to Williamsburg as students, peddlers of wares, and enlistees for Virginia forces in times of conflict. View colonial Virginia through American Indian eyes as you experience how their delegations represented an abundance of distinct cultures, languages, religions, and unique world views. Learn how American Indians’ world was impacted by the British Virginians and the impact they had on the lives of the colonists.
3:30 p.m. Break and Travel
4:00 p.m. Freedom’s Paradox Tour Examine the evolution of slavery and how patriots like Peyton Randolph relied on it to build a city, a colony, and eventually a nation. Explore the paradox of the institution of slavery and the movement for independence by looking at the experiences of the free and enslaved members of the Randolph household.
5:00–5:10 p.m. Watch the Fife and Drum Corps
5:30 p.m. Master Teacher Application Session Your Master Teacher shares strategies for bringing history to life in the classroom using the experiences and materials gained from participating in the Teacher Institute.
6:15 p.m. Dinner on Own