Archive for the ‘Social Studies’ Category

  • Teaching Strategy: Adding Primary Sources to Elementary Social Studies

    on Nov 10, 14 • in Common Core, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies • with Comments

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    I don’t care which television news channel you select – I hate them all. Why? There are a variety of reasons. For one, they are all emotion, little fact. They focus on sound bites instead of the whole speech. They care way too much about celebrity and not about the common person. Most of all, they completely feel like they have to do the thinking for you. Teaching social studies can’t be the same as television news. We have to ensure that we are training students to question and comment on what is actually happening. Instead,

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  • 21st Century Classroom Management is… Fun?

    on Nov 6, 14 • in Management, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    Recently a veteran colleague and a teacher in training posed questions concerning classroom management and power struggles with students. Years ago the approach to dealing with students who test the boundaries of rules was quick and strict reprimand.  Students were graded on neatness, orderly and timely manners, for being quiet unless called upon. While there is value in forming these habits most current grading practices tend towards skills and content mastery only. Educators know that students do not necessarily sit still to learn. Research, experience and parents would that teachers spend more time teaching and

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  • Teaching Columbus and the Truth of History

    on Oct 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies • with Comments

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    Once again, Columbus Day has rolled around and teachers, especially History teachers, have an opportunity to set the record straight. A great article by TER’s Mike Dunn today talks about how to teach Columbus and is rich with ideas and resources. I am writing today not about how to teach it, but why it is important that we teachers be at the forefront of telling the truth of history. You have probably seen the news the last few weeks about the Colorado Board of Education and its attempts to “exceptionalize” AP US History and other history

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  • Reconsidering Columbus: A day worthy of an alternative

    on Oct 13, 14 • in Educational Reform, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy, Social Studies • with Comments

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    For decades, students in elementary school classes have admired portraits and sang songs telling the tale of America’s hero, Christopher Columbus. In his well-documented 1492 journey, Columbus — enroute to India — stumbled upon what would become the Americas; Hispaniola to be exact. The rest of his journey is…history. Somewhere in the depths of our history books, we overlooked a slew of key facts surrounding Columbus’ journey, actions, and subsequent celebration. We failed to note the abundance of native people already inhabiting the island — Tainos, Arawaks, and Lucayans whose modern kin barely exist. We

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  • Latest and Greatest Apps: Green Screen & Open Gallery

    on Oct 1, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    Year 2 of 1:1 iPad classroom is in full swing. Students have their Apple I.D.s, their workhorse apps and access to the Haiku Learning Management Platform for online class resources. It has been a slow to transition back into work flow even though they are excited to game or text chat any moment a teacher leaves them with out direction.  I decided to manage a balance  of incentives with a high bar for product and performance. I want students to want to explore learning with as much interest in the text about as they are have in who is dating who

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