Mrs. D. B. Lane .....aka ....The Lane Train
Hecla Pond turn of the century train
I grew up in Honeoye (pronounced Hun-e-oy), N.Y. is just outside of Canandaigua, a town not unlike Westmoreland. After high school, I attended and received my Bachelors degree in Physical Education, 1989 and later my Masters in Education for Reading, 1995 from S.U.N.Y. at Cortland. I initially took history and political science classes because of my love of history and for enjoyment, I was able to gain a minor in history in addition to my PE major. My love of teaching and my dual certification brought me to Westmoreland in 1992. Early in my career I taught High School Physical Education and 8th and 9th grade social studies. Over the years I have become strictly a Social Studies Teacher, but kept my hand in sports through coaching soccer, volleyball, track and softball. My husband, and I moved to Westmoreland in 1994, and started our family here. It was important to us to be a part of the community, and raise our two children in a small town, near family and with access to an excellent education. We have come to love our adopted hometown.
I am a history teacher but also a life long learner, it is important to "keep up with the times" and even push the envelope sometimes. That is why I love teaching here at Westmoreland, because it is never stale. I most recently participated in a 3 year program through Syracuse University, Adapted Project History. Twenty five area Social Studies teachers grades 4-12 met and attended lectures from S.U. and LeMoyne College faculty, traveled to various historic sites such as Seneca Falls Women's Hall of Fame, Fort Stanwix and Seward Home in Auburn as well as to significant historic cites: Boston, Philadelphia, NYC & Washington DC. The focus of the presentations and field trips was to immerse ourselves in American History, share insight and develop our skills as historians and teachers. In addition we were also given instruction on how to integrate 21st century technology into our classroom instruction. I am pleased to share that many of those classes took place in the Westmoreland High School Library because of the excellent and available level of technology. All participants developed Webquests, PowerPoint presentations to be placed on listserv granting us access to each other's work. The collaborative efforts went beyond lessons, and we were able to create a strong bond among us that remains despite the end of the class. We still are able to share ideas, encouragement, lessons, and other valuable resources among our network of classmates.
Project History at Paul Revere's House in Boston, 2012
England and Ireland were AWESOME... lovely spring weather and wonderful sites and people, the London views of old and new architecture really gave me the tourist a sense of the history, struggles and artistry of the place. We used the London Underground each day in London, it was wild to think that many people in London owed their very lives to the "tube", it became the public bomb shelters during the German air raids of WWII. The Nottingham market was teeming with all sorts of goods, the tea sets were very vibrant. St. Paul's of Salisbury was amazing architecture, gorgeous stained glass and splendid carvings & tombs.
Stonehenge - Magnificent The Ring of Kerry in Ireland - Eerily beautiful
Sheep were plentiful in both England & Ireland
The view from the Eye of London is panoramic
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." Socrates
Currently I am the Social Studies Department Chair and teacher of Global Studies 10, US History and Government 11 and A.P. U.S. History 11.
Along the left margin are tabs specific to each course and I encourage you to visit them for classroom updates, Syllabi, reading schedules, upload-able handouts, recommended movies, books and internet resource links and more.
Social Studies is the integrated study of history, economics, politics, sociology culture, belief systems, intellectual developments and contemporary issues.
Why we study history....
- ....to acquire and develop habits of mind, basic understanding of the influences of how society impacts our lives
- .... to develop and polish relevant skills such as reading comprehension, research, writing, analysis and synthesis of information, critical thinking skills as well as fundamental awareness of the world around us
- ....to gain a greater understanding of ourselves, our role in life as well as our personal history
- ...to help us develop judgment in worldly affairs; The study of history is a societal laboratory and provides us with necessary evidence to figure out how and why people act in various settings. If we do not consult history then we make decisions without all the facts
- .... to help us understand change, if we remain ignorant of the experiences of others we cannot hope to understand why people or nations behave the in the manner they do or how they make decisions that could impact all of us
- ... to develop good citizenship, we are not born rulers, we must be educated in order to govern ourselves and others fairly. The fundamental basis of a democracy is an informed citizen.
- ....for inspiration, history has shown that a single individual with great convictions or a committed group can CHANGE the world
-adapted from Peter Stearns
“It is from numberless acts of courage that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an
ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny
ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression
Robert F. Kennedy (adapted)
Benjamin Franklin, American Renaissance man & Founding Father
Photo by D. Lane, Boston 2012
Social Studies Requirements for a Diploma:
New York State requires all students take:
Global Studies I & II (Grade 9 & 10) or the AP equivalent
U.S. History and Government (Grade 11) or the AP equivalent
& pass the N.Y. regents exam for each
*Both exams consist of 50 multiple choice questions
*Document based essay question accompanied by several documents
and 13 short answer questions
Each exam is a minimum of 2 hours long with a maximum time allowed of 3 hours. Regents exams are ONLY given in January, June and August under secure conditions and tight timetables.
Students must achieve 65 or higher on these exams and pass the course in order to qualify for graduation.
Honors Global (introduction to AP Global Grade 9 elective)
* Advanced Placement Global History (Grade 10 elective)
*Advanced Placement United States History (Grade 11 elective)
*All AP students are still required to take the Regents exams in addition to the AP May exams
Government and Economics Required (Grade 12)
Psychology - Elective
Sociology - Elective
MVCC Economics - Elective