Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the most crucial issue that their generation will inherit is the environment. In fact, despite what students hear from many political [...]

Teaching English with Technology

As a 17-year veteran English teacher, I have seen many improvements and changes in the way that technology is incorporated into the classroom.  Gone are the days of using the overhead projector, of rolling an outdated television set into the classroom, and of feverishly rewinding an old video cassette.   Surprisingly, the days of grading papers [...]

Teachers, National History Day Needs Your Help

This past week, the National History Day program announced that it lost one of its biggest benefactors. Though National History Day (NHD) doesn't announce the benefactor's name, it does reveal how much it's going to hurt the program -- a total net loss of $800,000, annually. If you don't know what the National History Day [...]

Six Books for Secondary Teachers on Teaching Students to Read

Teaching how to read used to be considered the job of elementary teachers. They would teach the students to read; secondary teachers would teach students literature assuming students know how to read it. However, it has become clear that teaching students how to read doesn't end when students enter junior high school. In fact, since 50% of [...]

Ways To Discover if ‘Fake News’ is Actually Fake News

Journalists are vital in making sure that a democratic country stays democratic. They are tasked at keeping the establishment accountable for the people in order to avoid a corrupt government, and for the people to make logical and rational political decisions. There is no other profession mentioned in the United States Constitution because the Founders [...]