The Sensibilities of Mind Mapping

I was in attendance at a social studies department meeting reviewing how current curricula addresses Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR). A disagreement occurred over the requirement of mental mapping as a performance indicator.  Teachers accustomed to multiple choice and essay writing for common assessment could not discern what constituted a mental map. The recall of Venn diagrams, illustrated maps with inset boxes and character [...]

Haunting Film about Ellis Island

In 14 minutes, social studies and ELA educators can take advantage of a haunting new titled  Ellis about the buildings on the island between New York and New Jersey. Ellis Island served  as a United States immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The  2015 film is now available on Youtube and stars Robert De Niro. The setting [...]

20 More Weeks of Blizzards: A Groundhog's Day Pred-Election

Today marks the 129th year that Punxsutawney Phil (well, maybe the 30th version of him) will come out of his burrow to either see his shadow or not, declaring whether winter will be extended by 6 weeks, or whether spring is pending. However, after today, there's still 20 more weeks of blizzards to endure. They [...]

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Pioneering Nearpod

The 1:1 digital classroom is no different from any classroom in terms of management challenges. The excitement of technological change and student attention span tends to wane at the same speed and undivided attentions seek distractions if a system of motivation and inquiry is not put in place. This is true for all teaching because I remember [...]

The Challenger Disaster: Revisiting a Lost Teacher, 30 Years Later

Teacher & Astronaut Christa McAuliffe For many of us teachers, January 28, 1986 was a tough day. Why? We lost one of our own. Christa McAuliffe, social studies teacher at Bristol High School in New Hampshire, perished in the Challenger disaster. In late 1985, McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 teachers to venture [...]