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#CelebrateWithDE – Pythagorean Theorem Day

#CelebrateWithDE – Pythagorean Theorem Day

August 2017 has STEM on the brain. A few days in advance of a total solar eclipse, mathematicians everywhere will be celebrating Pythagorean Theorem Day, August 15, 2017, one of the rare dates that lines up with the theorem. The date illustrates the theorem, which states that, in a right triangle, the square of the

Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook

Social studies instructors know why understanding the foundations of civic life is important. But demonstrating that to students isn’t always easy. Our new white paper, “Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook,” examines research-based classroom practices to show how modern social studies instruction that leverages a digital platform can engage students, helping to prepare them

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

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day was established in 2000 by the UN General Assembly and is coming up on June 20. It’s a good time to talk to your students about the definition of a refugee and the challenges people throughout time and all around the world have faced when they are forced to leave their homeland.

#CelebrateWithDE – Flag Day

Warming us up for Independence Day every year is the usually quieter celebration of Flag Day, marked in the U.S. on June 14. Symbols are an important part of every culture, and the American flag is one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in our country. The history and symbolism of the flag are

Using Discourse to Promote a Positive Classroom Culture

Can we expect students to know how to discuss topics with their teachers and each other on a daily basis? Of course we can! When teachers instill a positive classroom culture: Students are respectful of each other, their teacher and of their learning. Students understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others. Students are able to appreciate what

#CelebrateWithDE – Women in Flight

May 21, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s solo transatlantic flight. With the recent success of Hidden Figures and the April 9th hand off of the command of the International Space Station to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, there is plenty to celebrate about women in flight! In fact, Sally Ride’s birthday is coming

#CelebrateWithDE – International Museum Day

International Museum Day is approaching! If we go by the dictionary definition of museum – “a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored or exhibited” – your classroom could easily be considered a museum with a few pointed activities. (Also, if we look at the dictionary entry for “museum,”

#CelebrateWithDE – Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To commemorate the event, people everywhere celebrate Mexican culture and history. Traditionally, people of all cultures enjoy Mexican food, music, and dance, and tell stories and give performances to help keep the history alive