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Teaching Is All in the Family for This Rock Hill Educator

Teaching Is All in the Family for This Rock Hill Educator

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Queenie Hall, Rock Hill Schools, SC Queenie Hall tried not to go into education. Sure, her mom was a teacher for more than 40 years and her sister was an educator. But Queenie wanted a different path. She majored in communications, did a lot of internships, and got

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Five Strategies for Using Primary Source Documents In the Social Studies Classroom

Use of primary sources was once remarkably scarce, both during in-class instruction and in textbooks. The availability and accessibility of primary sources on the Internet has revolutionized social studies instruction. But how are primary sources used in the classroom? Are students working with primary sources to make their own claims supported by self-selected evidence? Those

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Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Using Hamilton the Musical in the Classroom

“And the world’s gonna know your name – What’s your name, man? Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. There’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait. Just you wait…” For the past four years, I have used Lin-Manual Miranda’s performance at the 2009 White House Poetry Jam to introduce my students

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Jollification and gorging! Yuletide is fooltide! A look at textbook treatment of Thanksgiving.

I’m always fascinated about how old textbooks cover content, so I happily obliged when my friend and fellow Discovery Education blogger Michael Milton asked me to look in my collection for examples of how old textbooks covered Thanksgiving to support a lesson idea he had. Here’s what I found. Perhaps my favorite, American Pageant 1st

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What Student Engagement Is, and Is Not

Teachers seem to be pressured into finessing their lessons around ever-changing educational trends. When I first began teaching 12 years ago, the (seemingly) only thing my supervisors were looking for was a posted mastery objective. A few years later, it was all about appealing to visual learners with our fancy new projectors and white boards.

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Virtual Field Trip: Constitution Day in Philadelphia

On September 17, Discovery Education celebrated Constitution Day with an exclusive day of events in Philadelphia, and we invited teachers and students nationwide to join us for a Virtual Field Trip to learn about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the foundation of our democracy. Students and teachers from all over the country watched as

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Eight Reasons to Watch the Constitution Day Virtual Field Trip at the Constitution Center Archive

Discovery Education broadcasted a Virtual Field Trip from the National Constitution Center on September 17th, which happened to be Constitution Day! This is a fantastic opportunity for your students to think critically about the Constitution and all the ways it affects our daily lives. Here are just a few reasons why you and your students should

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Discovery Education Resources on the Atomic Bombs of World War II

Tomorrow is 70 years since the United States dropped a devastating atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. August 9th will mark the 70th anniversary of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. August 15th is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II. Students can examine the facts of these events in a

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Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a

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How Can We Make the 63,000 Questions We Ask in a Year Better?

How can we make the 63,000 questions we ask in a year better? We ask our students a lot of questions. Questioning is the most widely used teaching strategy behind the classic lecture. (See my previous blog post about the debate over lecturing in social studies.) Research tells us we ask 300-400 questions a day, and as many

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