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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

Via Seth Dixon
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Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:47 PM

It is interesting to see the same trends over and over again.  These maps are a great tool to show the history of the area, as well as the history of religion and political views.  I appreciate the information provided since the Middle East has undergone the most transitions (going all the way back to Mesopotamia) and its history can be confusing. 

Alex Vielman's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:17 PM

Maps like the ones posted in this article, really helps people to understand and break down deeply of understanding the entire region as a whole. Visualization is very important in geography when trying to understand the region people are talking about. this region as goes down to the Mesopotamia Era. It is important to know, how the culture was in this area to how it differentiated during the Ottoman Empire. During the first couple of maps, we can begin to see the division of the entire region. As you go on, we begin to notice the divisions between people, religion, language between states and in-states. There is so much information to know about the Middle East region and it may be even harder to understand due to the tons of changes and separations, but it is important to understand these divisions like the Sunni's and the Shi'ites in order to fully explain the development and the current situations that are occurring in this region as we speak. 

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 7, 2015 5:18 PM

These 40 maps are a very interesting way of showing how people have traveled around and moved about the Earth from the time of the fertile crescent era to the people of today. It shows us the paths that people have taken to move to a new location. How they used the Meditteranean Sea to move from one side to the other. It also shows how the Tigris and Euphrates came together to form a smaller area of the Persian gulf. This led to smalled economic growth because now there is less land for imports and exports.

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A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift

A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Michigan leapt at the promise of charters 23 years ago, betting that more competition would improve public education. Instead, old problems grew worse.
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What a disgrace of quality educational offerings to the most disadvantaged.
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A tale of two stories | SmartBrief

A tale of two stories | SmartBrief | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
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Interesting juxtaposition here without blaming any teacher. We have been doing a lot on ways to discourage absenteeism in schools in our teacher research course. Once again teacher initiatives make the difference.
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Four ways to teach intellectual humility to students - Saga Briggs - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2238758/four-ways-to-teach-intellectual-humility-to-students?WT.t...

Four ways to teach intellectual humility to students - Saga Briggs - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2238758/four-ways-to-teach-intellectual-humility-to-students?WT.t... | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
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Listening to opposing points of view - engaging in genuine conversation - willing to consider that your way is not the ONLY way .  - building intercultural competence and global awareness.
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Beautiful things can happen when kids read to dogs.

Beautiful things can happen when kids read to dogs. | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
The kids strengthen their reading and empathy and the dogs learn to trust.
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A little service learning program - I'm not sure if it is better for dogs or children
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The great curriculum debate: how should we teach civics?

The great curriculum debate: how should we teach civics? | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
How much do students know about politics? Or perhaps a better question is: how much do they care? Recent polling and studies have caused great consternation amongst commentators about an apparent declining…
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University of Newcastle students share themes on Civics and Citizenship through Twitter - thanks to David for the useful insights here.
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‘Banning this would be a social travesty’

‘Banning this would be a social travesty’ | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
OPINION: Do you remember the marvellous feeling of waking up on a school excursion day?
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My civics and citizenship Canberra students directed me to this site in  their Twitter assessment task. The power of authentic learning - how can we let this happen ?
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Kids ask Short and Curly questions that make your brain hurt - Kyla Slaven - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2217829/kids-ask-short-and-curly-questions-that-make-your...

Kids ask Short and Curly questions that make your brain hurt - Kyla Slaven - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2217829/kids-ask-short-and-curly-questions-that-make-your... | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
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Kids solve real life problems - connect to Humanities and Social Sciences
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The benefits of adding video to teacher evaluations

The benefits of adding video to teacher evaluations | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
A Harvard researcher shares her national perspective on improving professional development and teacher evaluations.
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Lesson study enabled by technology - great idea and good for those collaborative conversations
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The Uprooted

The Uprooted | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.
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Some really useful figures on the refugee crisis. This could be the basis of some consensual conversations about solutions to accommodating these refugees.  

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How to Help Students Search for Consensus

How to Help Students Search for Consensus | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Sarah Cooper's 8th graders recently created a "consensus document" on gun laws in the United States. She recounts the reading, discussions, and conclusions.
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Although the topic was US focused and the group were older I liked the way the author explained how she was working towards a consensus approach to current issues. Modelling problem solving as opposed to competition.

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SmartBrief celebrates education bloggers: Meet this month's winners @DeidraGammill & @rmbyrne

SmartBrief celebrates education bloggers: Meet this month's winners @DeidraGammill & @rmbyrne | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
SmartBrief Education’s monthly Editor's Choice Content Award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, inno
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A variety of blogs here. For all educators.

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How to Evaluate Web Resources

Effective and credible writing requires authoritative and verifiable resources. Learn the best ways to evaluate sources of information on the Web.
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What If Preschoolers Had More of a Say in American Politics?

What If Preschoolers Had More of a Say in American Politics? | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
What should young children learn about being part of a democracy?
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Some good starting ideas here

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Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Use young children's understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.
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Five simple strategies/approaches for primary school teachers. Although US focused this is useful anywhere.
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Tech Tip: Using Ted Talks in the classroom | SmartBlogs

Tech Tip: Using Ted Talks in the classroom | SmartBlogs | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Students are asked more and more often to evaluate a wider range of media. I am always looking for tools that not only I can use in the classroom, but stud
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An interesting assignment plus a site that lists key TEd talks that might be of interest.
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Civics and Citizenship Education

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Civics and Citizenship Education
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CCE with community focus - what schools can do to make it real UON CCE student thinks outside the box.
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Civics and Citizenship sound bites: what you value - finding the essence

Shoppers in the mall, teachers, kids and young people are asked what they think Civics and Citizenship is for. The views expressed do not represent th
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Enforced compulsory voting results in more evenly distributed political knowledge than in voluntary systems

Enforced compulsory voting results in more evenly distributed political knowledge than in voluntary systems | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Electoral turnout in UK elections has been disappointing over recent cycles, despite a small uptick at the past two elections. One proposed solution is introducing compulsory voting, though this me…
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 Great theme for debate and constructive discussion. Also see:  http://www.iajiss.org/index.php/iajiss/article/view/112
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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students

27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students by TeachThought Staff Innovating thinking is one of those awkward concepts in education--on
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Civics and critical and innovative thinking - a strong synergy.
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Pairing Teachers Together Strategically Can Boost Student Performance, Study Says

Pairing Teachers Together Strategically Can Boost Student Performance, Study Says | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Teacher collaboration on a specific skill area can boost a weaker teacher's performance, an experiment finds.
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Team teaching but deliberative.
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Connecting to Practice: How we can put education research to work

Connecting to Practice: How we can put education research to work | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
How we can put education research to work
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This article talks about how research in the USA is mainly undertaken with federal money and does not impact the classroom practices. It argues classrooms and researchers should work together. It is saying that classroom teachers can make a difference to students' lives if they undertake some quite simple research  approaches to the task.

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Supporting Teacher Professionalism | OECD READ edition

Supporting Teacher Professionalism | OECD READ edition | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
This report examines the nature and extent of support for teacher professionalism using the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013, a
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http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/supporting-teacher-professionalism_9789264248601-en#page1

 

Teacher professional networks including research networks support teacher professionalism. Report from OECD

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Hour of Code: Minecraft Review

Hour of Code: Minecraft Review | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. This one is perfect for Hour of Code. Make yourself a hero for an hour: Age: Grades 3-8 (or younger, or older) Topic: Problem-solving, criti…
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Minecraft - think of its possibilities in your Social Studies classroom.

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Ten reasons to teach thinking

Ten reasons to teach thinking | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
The teaching of thinking is a critical endeavour for teachers and one that
brings enhanced learning opportunities for students. Unfortunately thinking
is not something that we naturally do well and as a consequence it is a
skill we need to learn. Understanding this is the first step towards
establishing a culture of thinking in your classroom but encouraging an
entire school to get on board with this can be difficult and given our
already crowded curriculum anything that seems to add to th
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We knew all this but it is good to have it affirmed

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Three Teacher-Tested Ways to Encourage Your Students to Follow Current Events This School Year

Three Teacher-Tested Ways to Encourage Your Students to Follow Current Events This School Year | Civics and Citizenship | Scoop.it
The Summer Reading Contest is now over, but here are some teacher-tested ideas for bringing its spirit into your classroom this fall, no matter how much time you have to give to current events.
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How to bring current events into your classroom - some ideas.

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