social studies

Why Chick-fil-A Matters in my Classroom. – Education Article

It was Christmas dinner 2017, and the talk was of a new (and only) Chick-fil-A opening in our central New York area. My family endorsed the taste of their remarkable chicken and delicious drinks. Discussions of their charity and fundraisers abounded. As I listened to the conversations, I felt myself grow smaller. It was like an out of body experience as I observed myself shrinking in importance. My views on equality and progress froze in the face of a hard…

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“Why haven’t I learned that Harriet Tubman fought in the civil war?” – Education Article

On a cold day in central New York, I had the fantastic opportunity to take 26 students to tour the Harriet Tubman National Park, located in Auburn, NY. After an enlightening hour, we loaded onto the yellow submarine (aka the school bus) and watched the movie Harriet at the local Movie Tavern.   By the end of the day, with our minds bursting with new paradigms, our focus for our upcoming black history celebration in February cemented. More importantly, as members of a…

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Quote of the Day: “Education Isn’t Enough” – Education Article

  Education Isn’t Enough is useful article in The Atlantic. It makes many excellent points.  However, it does have a big blindspot – the author omits any discussion of the role of racism in inequality. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality. Related This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Larry Ferlazzo Read Full Article

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How to Measure Distances in Google Maps – Education Article

A couple of weeks ago in the Practical Ed Tech newsletter I featured ten ways to use Google Earth in your classroom for more than just social studies lessons. Many of the ideas in that list can also be applied to the web browser version Google Maps. A good example of that is found in Tom Barrett’s Maths Maps. Maths Maps is series of activities designed to help elementary school students develop an understanding of distance, scale, and units of…

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New Resources On Race & Racism – Education Article

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5 Ways to Use Sutori for Social Studies Lessons – Education Article

Where does technology come into play in the social studies classroom? The team behind Sutori reached out to me this month to let me know about some significant changes to their EdTech tool. Over the past few years, Sutori has evolved from an interactive timeline tool to a more broad presentation web app that is perfect for social studies lessons. Sutori Presentation Tool You can incorporate Sutori into lots of learning experiences. This includes activities where there is an emphasis…

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How to Scale Instructional Planning, Perspective from a History Classroom – Education Article

By Benjamin Heckscher, History Department Head Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye American Section For most of my career, I was content to take the general topics in my history curriculum that I was to teach and to just move through them in order, trying to get it all in before the end of the year. A few issues came up that made me reconsider my instructional planning. First: when simply running through the material, you tend to leave one subject unfinished and…

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How to Use Canva to Create a Timeline – Education Article

Canva is one of those great tools that the more time you spend with it the more cool features you discover in it. One of those features is the ability to create timelines to save as images and PDFs. Canva has about a dozen timeline templates that you can modify by altering the text size and style, inserting images, and dragging-and-dropping other design elements. Watch the following short video to learn how to create a timeline in Canva. This is…

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How to Make the Most of Maps in Social Studies – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Education with DocRunning. Okay, so let me be completely transparent here: I love maps. I have a huge National Geographic Atlas at home, and I love looking at not only the political maps but also the other maps such as population density. I just like examining it and thinking about the world from different lenses. Even as a student, I always loved making maps as part of each unit of study. And as…

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More Free Webinars from the Council for Economic Education – Education Article

The Council for Economic Education has recently published their  schedule of free professional development webinars that they are hosting in the first five months of 2019. The series begins next week on January 15th and runs weekly (mostly) through May 28th. All of the webinars are scheduled for 7pm Eastern Time. You can register for one webinar or all of the webinars. There is a fairly wide range of topics scheduled for the professional development webinars offered by the CEE. Some of…

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America Already has a wall, it’s made up of teachers. – Education Article

I debated whether to encourage my sophomore Global History students to watch President Trump’s address on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Since 2016, it has been difficult to navigate how to incorporate civics and current events into my social studies classroom.  I desire student awareness, but I am concerned that any discussion of his speech, or his presidency in general, might lead to parental concerns of misperceived bias on my part.  Furthermore, I don’t know if I can be as objective…

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