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Women's History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March.

"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

Common Core in Action: Examining 2 Texts in the Social Studies Classroom

An iPad lets students consume and interact with content, a fun and efficient way of meeting the Common Core standards for integrating and analyzing information.

The Story of Claudette Colvin: Students as Historians

"Studying history" isn't enough -- students should "do history" by actively immersing themselves in gathering information, interpreting sources, and developing original ideas.


Banned Books, Censorship - and PBL?

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War Stories: The Uncomfortable Truth

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How to Help Your Students Observe the 9/11 Anniversary

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Banned Books, Censorship - and PBL?

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Summer Learning Through Film

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Kahlil Gibran: Humanity Through Poetry

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Teach Empathy With Digital Immigration Stories

Create empathic moments in the classroom with a safe, welcoming environment for students to tell their family's immigration stories through the modalities of digital storytelling.

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Integrated Learning: Broadcasting and Social Studies
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Integrated Learning: Broadcasting and Social Studies

Engage history students with the challenge of creating and producing their own radio program to share their knowledge and ideas with a wide audience.

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Finding the Gold Within

Through a mentoring program that includes empathy, drumming, and myths, young African American men identify and refine the raw materials of their humanity and potential.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

Memorial Day is right around the corner! For teachers looking to incorporate the holiday into lessons, blogger Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources from around the web.

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A PBL Unit: Critiquing the Value of Daylight Saving Time

Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.

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A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

A documentary series examining human trafficking and youth empowerment can raise students' awareness of national and global humanitarian crises, inspiring them to engage and act.

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Women's History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March.

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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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Visual Art as Critical Thinking

Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.

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How to Teach with Technology: Social Studies

Students fire off ideas for using digital tools to teach history and current events.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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How to Help Your Students Observe the 9/11 Anniversary

A variety of online resources are available to assist educators when teaching students about Sept 11.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

History teacher, curriculum coordinator and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

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