Archive for the ‘Social Studies’ Category

  • News Storytelling of Lincoln’s Assassination Will Engage Students

    on Apr 17, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies • with Comments


    News stories are generally written in what is commonly known as the inverted pyramid style, in which the opening paragraph features the “5 Ws” of journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The reason for this style is so that the reader gets the most important information up front. Given the amount of time readers have today to read the amount of news generated in a 24 hour news cycle, the inverted pyramid makes sense. In contrast, 150 years ago a dispatch by the Associated Press took a storytelling approach  when President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

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  • Lincoln’s Assassination, 150 Year Later

    on Apr 14, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Social Studies • with Comments


    The Shot & The Plot: Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Assassination It was 150 years ago this month when a single gunshot from a Derringer pistol changed the course of American history. On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth interrupted a performance of “My American Cousin” to assassinate the President of the United States. The actor and Confederate sympathizer then leapt over the second-story balcony and broke his foot and America’s heart. The body of President Abraham Lincoln, now slumped forward, became almost instantly lifeless. The man who had guided the nation through its most trying time,

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  • Teacher Collaboration: Scaffolding by Grade Levels

    on Apr 6, 15 • in 10 Ways to Fix Education, Common Core, Educator Professionalism, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages, Literacy, Opinion, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

    Teacher Collaboration Starts with

    Is your department communicating? It seems like common sense, however, too many times teachers in the same subjects are not communicating from one level to the next. Students shouldn’t have to fill in gaps when they progress within a subject.  Teachers need to move beyond the possessive view of students and begin to collaborate across levels to help students succeed.  How do we avoid a disjointed department or grade level? 1. Communication. Departments and grade levels have to meet at least monthly. Set a department goal. For example, student learning goals, yearly and by graduation.  We

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  • Do you Speed Date?

    on Mar 9, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Languages, Literacy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

    DO YOU

    No, this is not an article on helping your dating life, though if you are a teacher and are dating, my heart goes out to you. Speed dating is a strategy to “spice” up your classroom. The concept is to have two rows of students each with a concept or person to teach. Put a timer on and give them each a minute to talk about their person or concept, then switch. Then one side moves down a seat, easy right? Here are some ideas on how to use this in your own class.

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  • Dr. Seuss: It’s For Big Kids Too

    on Mar 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    Theodor Seuss Geisel is known in classrooms, libraries and by elementary age children for his fun and crazy books. There is a special language he developed, perfected and used to engage children in reading.  From his first book, “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street” to his ever popular “Cat in the Hat” children everywhere can quote Dr. Seuss. This week his birthday, March 2, 1904, will be celebrated in lower elementary classrooms around the country.  The books being read will bring smiles and love of the written word to students ages seven

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