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A Serious Flaw in Common Core

A Serious Flaw in Common Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.
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Yes!  Exactly.  This is a problem in the messaging and implimentation of common core, as well as a misunderstanding of literacy in social studies (at least a misunderstanding in the delivery of CCSS)

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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

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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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5 Steps to Argumentalizing Instruction

5 Steps to Argumentalizing Instruction | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
How do we "up our game" with in-class argument, WITHOUT throwing out our curricula? In this post, Les Lynn makes 5 suggestions for argumentalizing instruction.
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Free Courses for Decision Making And Reasoning - ClearerThinking.org

Free Courses for Decision Making And Reasoning - ClearerThinking.org | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Watch the 2016 presidential primary debates, subtitled for accuracy, rationality, and evasions by the candidates.
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GeoInquiries - US History

GeoInquiries - US History | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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"GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software."

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TR and Trump: Two Very Different People, but There’s this One Significant Similarity

TR and Trump:  Two Very Different People, but There’s this One Significant Similarity | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The lessons of 1910 apply today. Bold talk (even outrageous talk) gets traction when people want bold solutions. New media demand new tactics. Celebrities dominate when the political class can’t deliver the goods. And renegade candidates almost never win, but almost always reshape elections. The political establishment ignores them at their peril.
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Paraphrase Plus: A Central Move of Engaging Classroom Discussions - Dave Stuart Jr.

Paraphrase Plus: A Central Move of Engaging Classroom Discussions - Dave Stuart Jr. | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This will be a short one — with the first (read: frenzied) week of school just behind me and Crystal off on a girls retreat, it’s Daddy Domination time, and the girls are bound to wake up in moments. Although my school year has only just begun, I know that some of you are using …
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A nice visual for early attempts at classroom discussions

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All those confusing geography terms, explained in a gorgeous antique map

Gulf, bay, or harbor? This map will help you understand.
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Balancing Act

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Welcome to Balancing Act, a pubic budget simulator. Have a voice in your government. Show your elected officials how you’d balance the budget.

 

Great teaching tool for Government courses!

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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:
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Free Images!

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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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How Texas Teaches History

How Texas Teaches History | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Grammar matters, especially when textbooks tackle the subject of slavery.
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Well this is RH/RI.6 in real life...

 

"They had to teach history to Texas’ children without challenging conservative political views that are at odds with history. In doing so, they made many grammatical choices. Though we don’t always recognize it, grammatical choices can be moral choices, and these publishers made the wrong ones"

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
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Ripped Apart

Ripped Apart | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the National Museum of American History?
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Digital investigation game (Civil War)

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22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling from a Pixar Storyboard Artist

22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling from a Pixar Storyboard Artist | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Back when she was working as a storyboard artist for Pixar, Emma Coats tweeted a series of story writing tips garnered over years of experience. Her short
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Probably not for social studies, but great tips for story writing.

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Character Growth Card

A free tool designed to help kids and adults talk about character skills.

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There is a digital and a paper version available.

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Duolingo: Schools

Bring the world's most popular language-learning platform to your classroom. No ads, 100% free.
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This is a great app that now has a classroom tool.  It's for language learners, not social studies, but still worth a look.

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Get Ready for the First Week of School with this 5 Minute Activity

Get Ready for the First Week of School with this 5 Minute Activity | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Before you start the school year, take five minutes to get your head and heart straight. Why are you a teacher? What are you trying to do?
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Reestablish your focus

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