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Mr. Matthew Cummings
United States History & World History

Bridgeway Island K-8
(916) 375-7778



SBAC Time!

Unless you live under a rock, you know that we'll soon be knee-deep in SBACs. This once-a-year slice of heaven is important to prep for, so make sure you 1) Get plenty of sleep, 2) Communicate with your teachers about your experiences, and 3) Keep a lot of heavy home projects off the table. It's all about testing now, so bring your schedules every day and make us proud with your efforts!


It's about that time, so here's a link to my CLASSROOM SUPPLY LIST as well as my updated SYLLABUS. Also, don't forget to grab yourself an EDMODO account. See you next week!


We're on TWITTER and EDMODO!

A quick reminder that TheMattHatters.com is now on Twitter and Edmodo!  We'll be using social media in the classroom this year, so click to join in.  I'll be sending Investigative Questions through these accounts, and you can respond right from your cell phone.  Click below to follow me on Twitter, and use the code 7wv9y6 to join Edmodo for World. 

Teaching you is the most important thing I will ever do.

It is a privilege to work with you every day, and I consider each of you to be unique and full of promise. We live in a world where people move fast and news moves even faster. As your teacher, I am committed to helping you understand how we got here, and where we're going. I approach teaching in a unique way - history is a story, complete with comedy and tragedy, love and hate, and real lessons that can help us live better lives. We'll enforce the many skills needed to be successful in the class, from investigating and questioning a primary source, to participating in a variety of teacher-driven activities.
Understanding history is sometimes like looking into a fishbowl: you can see everything, but miss the smallest details and you miss the point! My job is not only to educate, but to inspire you to become better than you were yesterday. Our quote below by Benjamin Franklin speaks volumes about how I approach my class.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.
Like everything in life, this website is constantly growing - your input into website links, assignments, etc are critical to my site's success. Check back here often, and tell me what I can do to improve. Afterall, the worthy journey is never easy! I'm glad you're accompanying me down this road of history - may your day tomorrow be better than the one lived today.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." 
- Thomas Jefferson
"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn." 
- Benjamin Franklin

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