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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.
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A strong base of content knowledge makes us blind to the lengthy process of acquiring it. This curse has implications for all teachers:

We do not remember what it is like to not know what we are trying to teach.We cannot relive the difficult and lengthy process that learning our content originally took.

We end up assuming that our lesson's content is easy, clear, and straightforward. We assume that connections are apparent and will be made effortlessly. Assumptions are the root cause of poor instruction. 

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Questions about Questions: NCSS and UbD

 “What is the relationship between an essential question and a compelling question?"  Key questions for C3 Social Studies and Instructional Design

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National Geographic and the Common Core

Find out how the National Geographic Society is connecting to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
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Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's work has made growth mindset a hotly discussed topic in education. It has also spawned misunderstandings about growth mindset and what it means in education.
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The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man

The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Leading industry talents are creating new comic books for the classroom, aligning them with the Common Core.
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