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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School | Education on GOOD

7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School | Education on GOOD | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Our public schools are the last real space where people from different classes and different walks of life come together to learn, to share ideas, and to be afforded a fair opportunity to reach for the American dream.
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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.
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Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | Burkins & Yaris

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | Burkins & Yaris | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post on evaluating and vetting Common Core alignment in close reading materials, we offer three questions as a lens for scrutinizing texts and
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3 Key Questions for CC materials and lessons:

1.  How interested will your students be in reading this text?

2.  Who does the work?

3.  Are the questions worth answering?

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Purposeful Annotation: A "Close Reading" Strategy that Makes Sense | Teaching the Core

Purposeful Annotation: A "Close Reading" Strategy that Makes Sense | Teaching the Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave Stuart Jr. unpacks the simple, straightforward strategy that folks in his classroom call "purposeful annotation."
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Thoughtful blog post on the 'why' and 'how' to use annotation in your classroom.  

- "We want to help them get the hang of annotating as they read keeping their purpose for reading in the front of their mind."

-"Fight relentlessly against this becoming busywork"

-"You’ll know you’re doing purposeful annotation right when looking back on your annotations after reading results in an easier time with the post-reading task"

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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A charter school training program reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own.
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The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man

The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Leading industry talents are creating new comic books for the classroom, aligning them with the Common Core.
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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think

Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A recent Annenberg survey reveals what we already know: Americans, by and large, are ignorant of their country's constitutional framework. The predictable calls for tougher high school civics standards ignore the fact that people don't have much of a reason to care about the government.
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US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | Constitution Facts

US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | Constitution Facts | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Visit Us Online for US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans. ConstitutionDay.cc Provides Educational Resources and Links to Help Educators.
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The .Plan: A Quasi-Blog: Taking the final exam on the first day of class helps learning

The .Plan: A Quasi-Blog: Taking the final exam on the first day of class helps learning | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.
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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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1.  Power researching; 2. Meaningful educational/societal contributions; 3. Year long projects centered around passions; 4. Model how you research and learn

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Policy Choices for Measuring Student Learning - EdCentral

Policy Choices for Measuring Student Learning - EdCentral | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
There's increasing demand for information about college quality. To do that we need to start making some policy choices for measuring student learning.
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How Have Textbooks Changed the Face of War? - The Science of Society

How Have Textbooks Changed the Face of War? - The Science of Society | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.
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Learning to Muse: Social Studies Includes History and Thinking

Learning to Muse: Social Studies Includes History and Thinking | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it

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"As a professional, I am given the freedom to determine which events from history we will use to make connections and classify them as example of change and continuity. Likewise, for each of the historical thinking standards above, these standards honor my professional judgment for working with my individual students to determine which events from history we will explore."

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Life of an Educator: What if this was your district's grading policy?

Life of an Educator: What if this was your district's grading policy? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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* 2. We believe a student’s grade should reflect what he/she actually knows and can demonstrate on a classroom assignment or assessment tied to specific learning standard(s)

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
art of getting my feet wet, my principal suggested I “be” a student for two days:
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Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology

Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology Textbooks as History As a historian, analyzing textbooks from different places and time periods is fascinating to me. I love being abl...
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Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
This country is bad with its history. Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today’s movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of “nonviolent” resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America

Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students angry over proposal to focus lessons on topics that promote patriotism, downplay civil disobedience
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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Lessons on voting, voting rights, registering to vote, and casting a ballot for students in grades 4-12.
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Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation

Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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“Close reading” has become strongly associated with the Common Core State Standards, as it’s touted as the reading technique that will allow students to get out of...
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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely seen footage, including extraordinary shots of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italians fighting high up in the Alps, the half hour film explores the war and its effect from many different perspectives. Watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi.
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