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A powerful term in U.S. high schools: DBQ

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The document-based question on AP exams frightens students, but is changing significantly
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These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Vote

These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Vote | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it

There are always those who resist societal change
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European Borders Through History

European Borders Through History | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Students compare maps of European borders at three points in history: after World War I, after World War II, and the 2011 European Union (EU) countries. Students look for political borders that have changed and others that have remained the same, and compare those to what they know about cultural and physical geography in Europe and in their own state or local area.
 
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Life of an Educator: 10 questions every teacher should ask themselves: #edchat #ntchat

Life of an Educator: 10 questions every teacher should ask themselves: #edchat #ntchat | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Why Historians Should Teach the Future

Why Historians Should Teach the Future | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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A Simple Classroom Birthday Tradition - Dave Stuart Jr.

A Simple Classroom Birthday Tradition - Dave Stuart Jr. | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
My birthday was last week, which means that I had a chance to participate in our classroom birthday tradition: words of wisdom. I'll share my words (actually, they're not mine) next week, but for this week let's just talk about why I think a classroom birthday tradition is smart when purposefully, efficiently done.
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Why I Plan to Stay in Teaching

Why I Plan to Stay in Teaching | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Amid the flurry of "Why I'm Quitting" stories, educators who plan to teach for the rest of their careers need to speak up about why they have made that choice, says Justin Minkel.
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Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
We are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!
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Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
By Bill Bigelow
Here’s a history quiz to use with people you run into today: Ask them who ended slavery.

I taught high school U.S. history for almost 30 years, and as we began our study, studen…
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The cost of displacement

The cost of displacement | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Displacement leads to an immense human cost, but it also puts enormous pressure on the humanitarian system. For the first time in history, the United Nations humanitarian agencies and its partners are requesting over 20 billion dollars to meet humanitarian needs.
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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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Hip-Hop Stars Support Mississippi Rapper in First Amendment Case

Hip-Hop Stars Support Mississippi Rapper in First Amendment Case | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The case presents an important question that several judges have urged the Supreme Court to decide: When may students be punished for things they say outside of school?
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Interesting article - First amendment, school, and music

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The Importance of Protecting Even the Thoughts We Hate

The Importance of Protecting Even the Thoughts We Hate | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Future movements, from all political positions, need that protection. And they won’t get it if colleges teach students the habits of censorship rather than of freedom.
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Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens

Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian at Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #blacklivesmatter booklist for teens.
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Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The new Amazon site will offer free lesson plans, teaching modules and other digital resources for educators.
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Peering Around the Corner / No Guarantees | Bellwether Education Partners

Peering Around the Corner / No Guarantees | Bellwether Education Partners | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Schools increasingly rely on new teachers to staff their classrooms. A generation ago, the modal teacher had 15 years teaching experience, meaning that, if you asked teachers how many years they had taught the most likely answer would be 15. Today, the answer would be five years of experience. And the proportion of teachers who are new to the field will increase as the Baby Boom generation retires: Some estimates forecast half the nation’s teachers could retire in the next ten years. This demand for new teachers creates some obvious challenges for the education field, but it also means that states have a unique opportunity to leverage their authority over teacher preparation and certification to raise the overall level of teacher quality and effectiveness. To that end, Bellwether has produced two new reports: * Peering Around the Corner, analyzes 11 states that have made substantial progress in linking teachers to the preparation programs that prepared them. For each state, we review the technical and practical decisions they made — like determining which outcomes to measure and how to define them, identifying the right sample size, and deciding if and how to use the data for accountability. We also take a more general look at the challenges states can expect to face, and the tradeoffs they’ll have to make, as they take on this work. * Policymakers are still looking for the right way to identify effective teacher preparation and predict who will be an effective teacher. Nothing tried so far can guarantee effective teachers. In No Guarantees, we recommend an alternative approach that relies on the best available evidence to date: initial teaching effectiveness has promise for predicting future effectiveness. Read mor
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Rosa Parks' Papers Are Now Online

Rosa Parks' Papers Are Now Online | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Read about everything from her meditations on the Civil Rights Movement to her recipe for
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Read About Drama, Politics, Breakfast in These Newly Digitized Colonial Documents

Read About Drama, Politics, Breakfast in These Newly Digitized Colonial Documents | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
An ambitious Harvard University project brings history to life, archiving nearly half a million documents online
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Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
By Bill Bigelow
Here’s a history quiz to use with people you run into today: Ask them who ended slavery.

I taught high school U.S. history for almost 30 years, and as we began our study, studen…
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The New York Public Library Released 180,000 Free Historic Images for You to Use

The New York Public Library Released 180,000 Free Historic Images for You to Use | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library released 180,000 free historic images, and they want you to use them.
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The cost of displacement

The cost of displacement | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Displacement leads to an immense human cost, but it also puts enormous pressure on the humanitarian system. For the first time in history, the United Nations humanitarian agencies and its partners are requesting over 20 billion dollars to meet humanitarian needs.
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13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read

13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
No, the biggest concern of enslaved people wasn't whether there was enough sugar to make a cake for their master's birthday.
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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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