Archive for the ‘Social Studies’ Category

  • Resolutions for a 1:1 iPad Pioneer

    on Jan 12, 15 • in Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Just before the December recess a senior stopped me in the hall enthusiastic over his acceptance into college. He impressed upon me sincere gratitude for the letter of recommendation I had written. We exchanged compliments and I was given to reflection on two years we shared in history studies. In the recommendation I had highlighted his impassioned argument and subsequent research into the results of the use of the atomic bomb as evidence of academic excellence. Why had this student, usually overlooked for his average participation, risen to write an essay on par with our most advanced? I recall two factors

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  • Differentiation in Science and Social Studies: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

    on Jan 7, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    A common occurrence across the country is taking students and grouping them by abilities in order to better meet their needs. It is a perfect sounding theory. But once those students are grouped by ability, are they all exactly the same? Absolutely not. So, exactly how do you differentiate for those students within a similar population? Here are 3 things that I have learned over the years. -Learning Styles: Remember that wonderful Dr. Howard Gardner that we all read about in college? He had a theory that every person has what are called multiple intelligences. These

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  • STEAM Ahead- Social Studies Lesson- Part 2

    on Jan 6, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    It is two days before the winter holiday break as I wind down with students and their LED light projects. I entered this study with no experience in circuit design or understanding of how lights operate, I given up the security of time tested lessons for STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math). There was no need for change. Except there was.  Students had asked me why we couldn’t use more class time to make things. Why is research always about writing? That was my impetus. For the first time ever I deliberately fashioned a traditional social studies lesson around transformational

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  • Avoiding Round Robin in All Subject Areas

    on Dec 15, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, English Language Learners, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    I am always amazed that Round Robin reading still exists. The empirical evidence has shown that it is an ineffective teaching method. Just being an observant teacher would make you realize the kids are bored and off task. Worst of all, it brings humiliation to students who struggle with reading or English. So how do we engage children in material that is new? How can we share text with a group? How do we build structure that encourages participation in the reading process? There are two areas that seem to fall into the Round Robin

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  • STEAM Inspired Spin on Social Studies

    on Dec 8, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects joined forces with Art (Design) to become STEAM, the acronym which stands for education that deliberately promotes 21st century transformations in thinking. Social studies is not included as a focus and I like to think it’s because it is at the root of of the original STEM.  As a social studies educator I’m struggling to make that more apparent so I attended the November, Vermont State Technology Conference hosted by  The makerspaces and new tools were exciting and innovative but I wanted something that would not change

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