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Reviving History Instruction: What's Old Is New Again

Reviving History Instruction: What's Old Is New Again | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Out-of-school and extracurricular activities are picking up some of the demand for teaching students history.
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Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps | Technology on GOOD

Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps | Technology on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Google Maps and Google Earth are pretty awesome on their own—you can see the whole world on your laptop in the comfort of your living room.
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Possible classroom uses for creative teachers

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The Common Core: Who’s Minding the Schools?

The Common Core: Who’s Minding the Schools? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Are new standards really leveling the playing field? Or is the game prearranged so that many, if not most, of the players will fail?
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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
If we are cursed to forget much of what we read, there are still charms in the moments of reading a particular book…
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The college ‘preparation gap’ in a single graphic

The college ‘preparation gap’ in a single graphic | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
There is a "large gap" between how high school teachers perceive their graduating students' readiness for college and what professors expect freshmen to know.
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How to teach history (and how not to)

How to teach history (and how not to) | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
History is fascinating but too often kids find it boring in history class. Here's what to do about it.
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Good article reinforcing teaching through historical investigations and reading like a historian

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Verizon Thinkfinity

Verizon Thinkfinity | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Verizon Thinkfinity Community! This page is a great place to start: ask questions, join in a discussion, search groups, and make friends.
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Really interesting consideration of children's historical fiction and the common core.

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The Power of Memorable Learning Experiences | Burkins & Yaris

The Power of Memorable Learning Experiences | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this post, we compare traditional methods of building background knowledge to using read aloud to engage students in learning new content.
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LOOK: Amazing Interactive Map Shows Every Local Dialect In The U.S.

LOOK: Amazing Interactive Map Shows Every Local Dialect In The U.S. | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
We could spend hours looking at this and not get bored.
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A powerful term in U.S. high schools: DBQ

A powerful term in U.S. high schools: DBQ | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The document-based question on AP exams frightens students, but is changing significantly
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If America's Serious About Appreciating Teachers, Here's What it Takes | Education on GOOD

If America's Serious About Appreciating Teachers, Here's What it Takes | Education on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This week America celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, five days chock-full of poems, gift cards, and discounts for K-12 educators all across the country, and today is also National Teacher Appreciation Day.
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A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg

A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
New technology has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost
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Wow, this is amazing!

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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Why Books, Newspapers and Magazines Are Still The Best Sources Of Information « Annie Murphy Paul

Why Books, Newspapers and Magazines Are Still The Best Sources Of Information « Annie Murphy Paul | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Where Man and Memory Intersect

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Where Man and Memory Intersect | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Park service resources are great for social studies common core lessons!

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Reading Gains Lag Improvements in Math

Reading Gains Lag Improvements in Math | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Schools that work with low-income students have struggled to bring readers up to speed while finding more success with math.
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This makes the case (without being aware it's making it, I think) for understanding text complexity as a step in lesson planning

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Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, "It doesn'
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Infographic: 5 Tips for Teaching Close Reading (and 5 Things to Watch Out For!) > Eye On Education

Infographic: 5 Tips for Teaching Close Reading (and 5 Things to Watch Out For!) > Eye On Education | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren ...
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AFT President Randi Weingarten Explains How She Would Teach the Common Core

AFT President Randi Weingarten Explains How She Would Teach the Common Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Teachers in schools in Ohio and across the nation are changing how they teach. It's part of the switch to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for what students should know and be able to do in reading and math.
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Eighth grader: What bothered me most about new Common Core test

Eighth grader: What bothered me most about new Common Core test | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old boy in New York details what he found so annoying about the new Common Core-aligned English test he and other students around the state just took.
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Six Ways the Common Core is Good For Students | NEA Today

Six Ways the Common Core is Good For Students | NEA Today | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
By Cindy Long As the Common Core debate heats up, we’ve heard a lot from policy makers, politicians, and even TV talk show hosts about the challenges posed
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