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Saviors and Burnouts: Rethinking Teachers in Popular Culture

Saviors and Burnouts: Rethinking Teachers in Popular Culture | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
by Elizabeth Marshall From movies such as Blackboard Jungle and Freedom Writers to televisions shows like Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Wire, teachers and students are regular subjects of f...
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How to Prepare Young People For Jobs That Don't Even Exist Yet | Business on GOOD

How to Prepare Young People For Jobs That Don't Even Exist Yet | Business on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The unemployment rate for teenagers this March was more than 24 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a study by MacArthur Foundation codirector Cathy Davidson suggests that 65 percent of today’s grade school students will grow...
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Questioning: It's all about shovels, umbrellas, and bridges | Burkins & Yaris

Questioning: It's all about shovels, umbrellas, and bridges | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this post, we break different questions types into three different categories linked to a metaphoric image.
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The Disruptive/Transformative Potential of the Common Core State Standards - National Writing Project

The Disruptive/Transformative Potential of the Common Core State Standards - National Writing Project | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Think Like a Historian: Close Reading at the Museum » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Think Like a Historian: Close Reading at the Museum » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Here's a three-step model for supporting literacy, close reading and Common Core skills. Prompts, guided questions, model student responses
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Schools demanding news literacy lessons to teach students how to find fact amid fiction

Schools demanding news literacy lessons to teach students how to find fact amid fiction | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Such efforts are on the rise as education standards push critical thinking and nonfiction reading.
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A Brief, Opinionated History of Taxes in America

A Brief, Opinionated History of Taxes in America | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Mike Duncan lives in Austin and is studying public history at Texas State University. He used to write The History of Rome po
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Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives' | Education on GOOD

Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives' | Education on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As Neighbor Day approaches, we here at GOOD would like to suggest that kids take a break from all that in-class activity and explore the world right outside their door.
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The Next Generation Science Standards | Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards | Next Generation Science Standards | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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They're here!  (Not SS, but worth knowing about...)

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Your Are Cordially Invited | Burkins & Yaris

Your Are Cordially Invited | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Today's post offers yet another way to invite students to explore the main idea of texts. Today Kim writes about a lesson she observed where the teacher used music to pull in students.
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The "soundtrack" idea is brilliant!

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Shanahan on Literacy: Why Discussions of Close Reading Sound Like Nails Scratching on a Chalkboard

Shanahan on Literacy: Why Discussions of Close Reading Sound Like Nails Scratching on a Chalkboard | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Differentiated Instruction Questions for the Interpretation of Political Cartoons! | Differentiated Instruction Activities

Differentiated Instruction Questions for the Interpretation of Political Cartoons! | Differentiated Instruction Activities | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Research projects harder than I thought, but worth it

Research projects harder than I thought, but worth it | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Research projects are very tough, but some schools make them work.
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Authentic Assessment in Action

Authentic Assessment in Action | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
At Sammamish High School, our staff has dedicated our professional development to building expertise in the key elements of problem-based learning. Previous blog entries by my colleagues have given a
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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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I especially like the section "teach students to ask the questions"

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Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy

Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Seems like everywhere I go, educators are asking "What is this 'close reading' thing and how do I teach it?" The buzz on close reading has become so great that many think close reading is simply an...
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Another excellent example in the conversation on close reading.

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Moving Ahead With Common Core

Moving Ahead With Common Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Test scores will fall at first in schools where the new and more rigorous state tests have been rolled out, but the long-term payoff is what matters.
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Good overview for those less familiar with CCSS

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NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange

NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Teachers: Will We Ever Learn?

Teachers: Will We Ever Learn? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Thirty years later, we’re still “a nation at risk.”
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"By these criteria, American education is a failed profession. There is no widely agreed-upon knowledge base, training is brief or nonexistent, the criteria for passing licensing exams are much lower than in other fields, and there is little continuous professional guidance. It is not surprising, then, that researchers find wide variation in teaching skills across classrooms; in the absence of a system devoted to developing consistent expertise, we have teachers essentially winging it as they go along, with predictably uneven results."

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Captivated by Common Core: Classroom Changes You Can Make Now

Captivated by Common Core: Classroom Changes You Can Make Now | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards are coming to California and will be fully implemented during the 2014-15 school year.  As a Common Core trainer for Palm Springs Unified, I am very excited about the...
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6 positive effects of blogging in kindergarten

6 positive effects of blogging in kindergarten | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As a kindergarten teacher, I have a unique opportunity to educate, share, engage, enhance and model ways that a variety of technological tools can help my
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10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift

10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether s
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