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Social Studies: The Core
Articles and strategies for integrating Common Core in Social Studies
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7 Awesome Tools Social Studies Teachers Can Use to Teach Geography | Imagine Easy Solutions

7 Awesome Tools Social Studies Teachers Can Use to Teach Geography | Imagine Easy Solutions | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Balancing Act

Balancing Act | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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 | Social Studies: The Core | 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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Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

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Competency-based learning, often called mastery-learning, at its core involves five elements:

Students advance when they master the content and skills, not because they squeaked by with a C or a D grade.Transparency about where students stand empowers them and enables educators to better tailor instruction to their individual needs.Assessment is a continual part of the learning cycle, not a final judgment at a time when a student has no hope of changing the outcome.Educators offer timely support, often daily, on any part of the required material.Students must be able to demonstrate that they can transfer their knowledge to new contexts, applying skills to challenges they’ve never seen before. This often means developing life-long habits of learning.

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This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s...
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An amazing visual resource.  

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How to Find Primary Source Documents

How to Find Primary Source Documents | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Finding online documents can a challenge, here's a 12 min video of 3 search strategies - curated content, LOC search and using a search operator.
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Good tutorial to help new social studies teachers

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Pop Music Lyrics Average a Third-Grade Reading Level | Big Think

Pop Music Lyrics Average a Third-Grade Reading Level | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A great many of our most popular songs are written at just a third-grade reading level. That's the conclusion reached by an analysis of 225 popular songs.
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Should students be allowed to use Google during exams?

Should students be allowed to use Google during exams? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Analysis The head of a U.K.-based exam authority has said it’s inevitable that students will be allowed to use the Internet in exams. But should they?
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Kids As Young As 5 Know It's Sometimes Nicer to Lie

Kids As Young As 5 Know It's Sometimes Nicer to Lie | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
They'll tell you your terrible drawing of a house is just fine.
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"it...gives us a hint about the ages at which kids start to understand — and care about — how their words and actions may impact other people"

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Could Micro-credentials Drive Transparency — and Quality — in Teacher Learning? - EdCentral

Could Micro-credentials Drive Transparency — and Quality — in Teacher Learning? - EdCentral | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Share with your friendsYour NameYour EmailRecipient EmailEnter a MessageI read this article and found it very interesting, thought it might be something for you. The article is called Could Micro-credentials...
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Believe it or not, "learning styles" don't exist | Big Think

Believe it or not, "learning styles" don't exist | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
What false belief is held by 93% of British teachers?
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"Good teaching is good teaching."  According to this article, yes, some people are better visual, auditory, etc. learners, but that doesn't translate to how they learn *meaning* - it only shows that they are good at learning visual images or auditory sounds.  Interesting short video.

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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 | Social Studies: The Core | 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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The74Million is an education focused website

The74Million is an education focused website | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
The74Million is an education focused website
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Not what I typically scoop, but this is an education news site that's worth a look.

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Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like

Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Schools and even parents are often more oriented towards the needs of adult – such as discipline and quiet – than towards what works for kids.
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Developing students beyond academics.  Why and how.

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Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Stop Revering Magna Carta

Stop Revering Magna Carta | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Magna Carta has everything going for it to be venerated in the United States: It is old, it is English and, because no one has actually read the text, it is easy to invoke to fit current needs.
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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.
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Many "new to me" tech sites for social studies specific lessons.  I don't know that I'll get through them all, but so far they are great resources.

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Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it

...implementation is the real problem and that more energy should be put into helping early childhood educators interpret the standards and integrate them into class in fun, approachable and developmentally appropriate ways.

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Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old

Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Viewed from the year 2015, the founding of the United States seems like a distant piece of history, but from the right perspective it wasn’t long ago at al
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We Don’t Need to Get Rid of Common Core to Have Play in Kindergarten

We Don’t Need to Get Rid of Common Core to Have Play in Kindergarten | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Teachers must read the standards and plan their lessons to facilitate how each individual student will learn and work towards his or her goals by the end of the year. The way that school leaders interpret the reading standards largely determines the kind of learning environments teachers are able to create to support the Common Core.
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Also: "The case for more play in today’s kindergarten classroom is legitimate, and school leaders need to  know that there is a way to integrate intentional play back into the classroom while teaching the high-level literacy skills that are found in the Common Core. Play is so important, particularly for young children, to develop long-term cognitive skills that will enable students to become “college and career ready”, in the long-term. Principals must be convinced that a print-rich kindergarten classroom that fosters language and literacy development is possible through play, rather than primarily through direct instruction."

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How Should Learning Be Assessed?

How Should Learning Be Assessed? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
“accountability should shift back to what we do for kids, rather than what they’ve done for us.”
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Tossing Out Teaching by Subject as Part of a Modern High School Education

Tossing Out Teaching by Subject as Part of a Modern High School Education | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
By shifting from traditional subject-based teaching to teaching by topic, Finland is transforming the way high school students learn.
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Always been intrigued by school without defined subjects.  

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