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Discovery Education Resources on the Atomic Bombs of World War II

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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Who is Burning the Cognitive Calories? Rethinking Lecture in Social Studies

I pride myself on my lectures. I was voted “Best Lecturer” in the 2013 Sherwood High School yearbook. I’ve been told that my lectures are easily understood, engaging, interactive with plenty of student discourse–and I’m pretty darn funny! My students consistently scored very well on the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam. So what’s the issue? Lecturing works.

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Gettin’ Triggy with It – Using Digital Interactives to Introduce Trigonometric Graphing

The concept of graphing trigonometric functions contains one of the biggest shifts in mathematical thought for students in secondary mathematics. Students have just been introduced to radian measure after years of working with degree measure. The unit circle is unveiled on the coordinate plane and students are taught that the coordinates of points along its circumference can be represented as

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Future@Now: A New Math Experience

For decades, math education has been a lightning rod for controversy. As educators, experts, and policymakers have debated the “right” way to teach mathematics, American students continue to lag further behind their international peers and superintendents and Boards of Education continue to search for solutions. The most recent NAEP scores show that only one-quarter of

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Back in the Classroom – Instruction With Digital Resources

“An organization can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that the people who drive that organization are striving to become better-versions-of-themselves.” – Matthew Kelly, The Dream Manager Recently I had the chance to teach students at one middle school in Alan B. Shepard Middle School. I was a 7th grade math teacher that day, and

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Ford’s Theatre 150 VFT: Calling For Student Questions

Earlier this month we invited you to join us LIVE on March 26, 2015 at 1pm ET for a virtual field trip to Ford’s Theatre.  In addition to registering, we’d like to invite you to submit a question using the questions box on the homepage, or to send us a video of one of your

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Join Discovery Education Techbook LIVE 2015

We look forward to you joining Discovery Education and fellow educators around the world for Techbook LIVE 2015: a free, day-long virtual professional learning event sharing some of the most effective strategies for integrating Discovery Education Techbook digital content. To join the Techbook LIVE 2015 webcast, go to http://links.discoveryeducation.com/TechbookLIVEwebcast on Saturday, January 24, any time

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