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    4 Ways to Incorporate More Asian American Perspectives Into the Curriculum

    If all students learn is how Chinese workers built the railroads and how Japanese Americans were interned in World War II, they’re missing a lot.
    Don Vu
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  • Culturally Responsive Inquiry Learning

    A look at one way middle and high school teachers can equip their students with the skills to become independent thinkers.
    548
  • Combining Social Studies and STEM in a Project-Based Learning Unit

    High school students can apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math classes to a local issue they’re interested in.
    403
  • A Crafting Project to Boost Engagement in History

    Having middle or high school students do historical research and show their learning on a 3D representation can spark deep interest.
    345
  • Books about the Partition of India

    How to Teach Students About the Partition of India and Pakistan

    Books, videos, and other resources teachers can use with students in grades 3 to 12 to examine one of the largest mass migrations in history.
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  • Tried-and-True Resources to Teach Teens About Empathy

    With powerful online tools, teachers can build their students’ historical literacy and cultivate empathy.
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  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    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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    A Month-to-Month Guide to Interdisciplinary Instruction

    Teacher collaboration across disciplines provides middle school students with work that reinforces learning and develops their research and writing skills.
    360
  • Teacher working with group of high school students on project

    Engaging Students With Community-Based Projects

    Having high school students research their town, including the history and local issues, can help them see ways to contribute to their community.
    157
  • Teacher speaking with group of middle school students in classroom

    How Math and English Teachers Encourage Civic Engagement

    There are appealing, thought-provoking opportunities outside of social studies for teaching students how to be involved citizens.
    185
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    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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    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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  • Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    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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    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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  • Silhouette of young teen girl sitting on floor

    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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