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Connecting the Dots: Social Sciences and Humanities in the Corporate World

Connecting the Dots: Social Sciences and Humanities in the Corporate World | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
"What higher education has seldom, if ever, explained is that the liberal arts can find application in the business world." ~ Dr Christopher Brooks
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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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Life of an Educator: 5 ways to boost creativity in your class

Life of an Educator: 5 ways to boost creativity in your class | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Always a good reminder.  Especially #5!

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Teaching Historical Interpretation: Interpreting Student Life Events

Teaching Historical Interpretation: Interpreting Student Life Events | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
“Who even knows if this really happened,” one of my students declared this year. “How do you think? How does one find out about anything?” I responded wanting to discuss how history is formed - the...
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This would be a great beginning of the school year activity in a social studies class.

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Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers

Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Here's why re-reading is a total waste of time.
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Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.
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Intellectual coherence and the Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Intellectual coherence and the Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Just because some criticisms of Common Core standards are over the top and dripping with misinformation doesn’t make them all so. Plenty of valid concerns exist, and the estimable Peggy Noonan recently homed in on several of them.
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Good "where are we now" look at CCSS

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How the Common Core made Kafka way more popular

How the Common Core made Kafka way more popular | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
The standards' list of sample books aren't meant as recommendations, but they're being taken that way.
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Big History Project

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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And The Time To Resist Is Now.

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Helping kids fall in love with non-interactive museum exhibitions - O Say Can You See?

Helping kids fall in love with non-interactive museum exhibitions - O Say Can You See? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
As they get older, you could "theme" the visit by looking for a specific color or things that are big or small. As they start to get interested in letters, you can go on a letter hunt for either printed letters or objects that start with a letter. It would delight SEEC preschoolers to use (washable) markers to write a letter or a dot of color on their hand as their "guide" for finding that while exploring the exhibition. If you're in an exhibition with lots of portraits of people or images of animals, examining their eyes or hands can be a fun theme.
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There's New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the '70s and '80s

There's New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the '70s and '80s | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Some of these Bulgarian bears are not genetically like the others...
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Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Why the Common Core flunks on civic education | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Claims that it prepares students to be active citizens are exaggerated.
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Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Excellent read on literacy instruction.

 

"Said differently: Because your ability to make inferences or find the main idea leans heavily on your knowledge of the subject, standards-driven reading instruction can create a comforting illusion of proficiency on texts that teachers and students choose themselves that evaporates when reading about unfamiliar subjects."

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This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946

This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946 | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Last week's controversial Hobby Lobby ruling sparking heated debate across the web. The furor over the decision inspired visual agency Column Five to visua
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New Thoughts on the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy | Teaching the Core

New Thoughts on the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy | Teaching the Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post, I outline my new thinking around an updated and revised version of he non-freaked out approach to Common Core literacy.
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Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day

Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
If your child's next visit to the pediatrician includes a clear emphasis on reading, don't be surprised.

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever policy statement focused on literacy promotion, calling for pediatricia...
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GIS in the History Classroom

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The Usual Suspect: Solving the #1 Problem in Argument Writing

The Usual Suspect: Solving the #1 Problem in Argument Writing | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Why do students struggle with writing warrants in argument writing? How can we help them? Learn how one teacher solves the case.
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"The nature of the warrant differs depending on the discipline. For instance, historians often warrant claims by corroborating them with primary sources. Scientists may warrant claims by citing a law or principle, such as the law of conservation of matter. Mathematicians may warrant claims by referencing a theorem. Literary critics may explain how the quoted text fits the criteria for a particular concept, such as courage."

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Top 10 Tips for Close Reading Activities [Guest Post]

Top 10 Tips for Close Reading Activities [Guest Post] | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Close reading activities will help your students improve their reading comprehension if you know how. Ten tips for successful close reading activities.
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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
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Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Document Deep Dive: Richard Nixon’s Application to Join the FBI

Document Deep Dive: Richard Nixon’s Application to Join the FBI | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Fresh out of law school, the future president first hoped he could be one of J. Edgar Hoover’s agents
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3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core

3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
I’ve found that sports-related metaphors can be a key for moving my students to work harder and smarter on challenging Common Core literacy tasks.
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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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