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Five Ways to Teach Women’s Equality Day

Five Ways to Teach Women’s Equality Day

Did you know that women were allowed to vote in Sweden in 1718? (though it was rescinded shortly thereafter in 1772). During the short lived “Age of Liberty” in Sweden, landholding-women were provided limited opportunities to vote! Officially, however, the first “self-governing” country to open voting to all women without any conditions was New Zealand

Five Ways to Teach Women’s Equality Day

Did you know that women were allowed to vote in Sweden in 1718? (though it was rescinded shortly thereafter in 1772). During the short lived “Age of Liberty” in Sweden, landholding-women were provided limited opportunities to vote! Officially, however, the first “self-governing” country to open voting to all women without any conditions was New Zealand

Using the 4th to Teach Interpretation

Did you know that the legal separation of the 13 Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2nd? The Declaration of Independence was formally approved by Congress two days later, on July 4th, 1776. Indeed, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail that July 2nd, “will be the most memorable epoch in the history of

Celebrating and Debating Founding Father’s Day!

Did you know that Ben Franklin’s currency printing firm thwarted counterfeiters by spelling “Pennsylvania” incorrectly and on purpose? How about that the famous signatures at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence were actually kept secret for many months after the public reveal for fear of the signers’ safety? Or that many of the Founders

Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)

As we all continue to enter into the “hum” of the school year, it is imperative to also begin the reflection process about what has worked and what has not in terms of our classroom culture. Starting a new marking period is a great time to review classroom expectations, try new things with and solicit ideas

Another Community Story

I’m often reminded that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Getting to work with districts around the world, I continue to value and appreciate the high quality of people who have dedicated themselves to helping young people. Being able to spend time with these people, hear their stories, encourage them and

LEGO Bricks-Creative Fun for all Ages

From an early age, LEGO bricks provide a foundation for creative building and engineering skills. Children of all ages enjoy the many different possibilities that LEGO brings. As a brand new 8th Grade homeroom teacher, I wanted to bring the option of LEGO bricks to my student’s unstructured time, but space became a limitation with

Belk Service Learning Challenge – Want to go to ISTE for FREE?

Each teacher with 3 or more video submissions could win a free trip to ISTE! Belk, ISTE, and Discovery Education have upped the ante this year.  Any teacher that submits at least 3 student videos will be entered to win a free trip to ISTE in Philadelphia this summer. What do you have to do? Encourage students in grades

Event of the Week: November 11, 2014

This week’s event is from Cheryl Verla de Lofgren in Baltimore City Public Schools, MD. As part of professional development days, teachers from across subjects meet to share best practices in their field. Cheryl shared how she supported the ESOL department in their work providing strategies to target ELL students needs in mainstream classrooms.   “Since

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