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Social Studies/History

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  • A Simple Strategy to Encourage Student Reflection and Improvement

    Middle school teachers can guide students to analyze a learning experience by asking about what went well and what could be improved.
    Christine Boatman
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  • Using a Cooking Project to Enhance a World Language Class

    After studying the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a Latin class, students’ curiosity about what the people of Pompeii ate led to an unusual project.
  • 3 Ways to Enhance Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Middle and high school teachers can cultivate student agency to facilitate conversations about difficult subjects in history class.
    488
  • Incorporating Students’ Native Languages to Enhance Their Learning

    Teachers don’t have to speak students’ first languages to make room for these languages in middle and high school classrooms.
    411
  • 3 Strategies to Support English Language Learners in Social Studies

    Scaffolding such as visual guides and templates can make it easier for ELLs to grasp material in courses with complicated vocabulary.
    782
  • Using Inquiry to Channel the Natural Curiosity of All Students

    Elementary school social studies classes are a good time to guide students to ask important questions about the world.
    311
  • 3 Strategies to Boost Civics Education

    Teachers across the curriculum can promote civil discourse and share digital tools that help high school students develop the skills needed for citizenship.
    262
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
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  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
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  • Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Daily discussions and team-building activities meet the physical, social and emotional, and spiritual needs of students.
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  • Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Experiential learning—like making incense sticks in factory conditions—teaches kids about real social issues.
    9.6k
  • Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
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  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
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  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
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  • How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
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