Howdy!!! Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!
My name is Chad Thomas Hannon and I teach STEM 7th Grade Texas History at Grapevine Middle School! This is my 9th year at Grapevine Middle School and my 12th year teaching overall.Check out my twitter @ChadAdvice I usually tweet about Texas History or #teachingTexas
My Email is Chad.Hannon@gcisd.net
School Phone # 817-251-5660 3rd Period Conference 9:50a-10:30aRemind username @Channo
About me: I previously taught at Austin Academy (Eagles Soar!!! )in Garland, Texas. I graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2002. I live in Bedford with my wife Candace and soon to be (9/21) daughter, Emerson Ruth Hannon
I won an award!!! I won the 2011-12 Teacher of the Year award presented by the Captain Molly Corbin chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution! I am so honored to be given this award by such an outstanding organization!!! Thank you!
I was mentioned in the Star-telegram!!!! http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/09/08/3348989/dfw-schools-teach-lessons-on-9.htmlAgain! Another article I'm in! http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/01/3777476/texas-educators-work-to-make-state.html
DFW schools teach lessons on 9-11 to kids too young to remember (From 9/11/11)
Texas standards call for fifth-grade social studies to include some aspects of 9-11 beginning this school year. Eighth-graders and high-school students also are revisiting the subject, but in more depth.
How students learn about the sensitive subject is usually left up to individual teachers' discretion, letting them decide what their students need to learn about 9-11.
Chad Hannon, a history teacher at Grapevine Middle School, has discovered that many of his students have only a visual record of that fateful day. That is what they remember, not the details. His eighth-graders have been interviewing adults about 9-11 and their reactions.
"They have no idea what was going through people's heads," said Hannon, who was in college when the attacks happened. "The main thing they've realized is how confusing it all was.
"I wanted them to get the idea that history is remembered in memory, not just as an event in film and textbooks."
Texas educators work to make state history relevant for today's students (From 3/2/12)
In Grapevine, Hannon uses music as well as visuals as teaching tools. He had his students do video projects on the Alamo and is marking each day of the siege with a classroom narrative to set the scene.
Seventh-grade standards cover Texas' past so thoroughly that even without the pressures of accountability testing, teachers can struggle to get it all in.
"It runs from the beginning of time to modern day," Hannon said. "That is, in my opinion, an impossible task to teach, but we really try."
Right now, classes are studying Texas' revolutionary period. Hannon said they must move on to the Civil War after spring break, then study oil and cattle and end on modern Texas politics and the shift from Democratic to Republican dominance.
"A lot of things have happened from Cabeza de Vaca to Spindletop," Hannon said.