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Classroom Management Prevalent in Teacher Prep Programs – Sort Of

Classroom Management Prevalent in Teacher Prep Programs – Sort Of | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Most programs do not teach classroom management strategies based in research, a new study finds.
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Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Six big-city school systems are combining their purchasing power to persuade suppliers to sell healthier and more environment-friendly products, like compostable food trays, at low prices.
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Beware of Fragmentation in Educator Effectiveness and Common Core Implementation

Beware of Fragmentation in Educator Effectiveness and Common Core Implementation | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A recent report calls for deeper integration of educator effectiveness, Common Core standards, and professional learning. Joellen Killion explores how to weave these three components together.
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Excellent article and discussion for education policy makers at the district and state level.

 

Especially appreciate... "Educator effectiveness systems for teachers, for example, have focused on general teaching practices applicable to all disciplines without attention to the content-specific pedagogy needed to realize deep implementation of Common Core standards. "

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1950s Red Scare - A Student Designed DBQ

1950s Red Scare - A Student Designed DBQ | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Online DBQ examines anti-communist hysteria of 1950s in videos, posters, documents. Designed by pre-service teachers at University of Portland.
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Common Core’s odd approach to teaching Gettysburg Address

Common Core’s odd approach to teaching Gettysburg Address | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
It is supposed to be taught without historical context.
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A must read for social studies teachers dealing with common core implimentation and the (problematic) overlap with English Language Arts.

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Teaching the Constitution: Superheroes and the Branches of Government

Teaching the Constitution: Superheroes and the Branches of Government | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As a new teacher to both the US History I curriculum and to teaching 9th graders, I was struggling teaching students about the difference in the branches of governments. I tried a variety of ways t...
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This site always has creative ideas.

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Education policy change puts renewed emphasis on social studies

In 2012, Georgia replaced NCLB's accountability measure with the College and Career Readiness Performance Index, which weighs scores in social studies, science and language arts just as much as reading and math.
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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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A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability

A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Readability is a web and mobile app that zaps online clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.
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Takes webpages and turns them into text only - no ads, etc

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Misunderstanding Text Complexity | Burkins & Yaris

Misunderstanding Text Complexity | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Today's post begins a two-part series examining two common misunderstandings about text complexity. The first misunderstanding is that texts with harder words are more complex.
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' Throughout the reading, Kim felt the need to reread and adjust the pace of her reading in order to fully understand what Fullan meant to convey. In spite of the challenges, however, Kim feels that she has the background, skills, and motivation she’ll need to navigate this book. This means that while Stratosphere  is “hard,” it is still “just right.”'

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A Cautionary Tale: The Difference between Close Reading and Rereading | Burkins & Yaris

A Cautionary Tale: The Difference between Close Reading and Rereading | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this post, we tell share a story about a fifth grade reader given an impossibly difficult text to close read and make the case that you can't closely read something that you don't understand in the first place.
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Good check on how to closely read a rigorious text vs rereading a text that is too complex

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Educator Preparation and the Common Core: A Voice from the Field | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Educator Preparation and the Common Core: A Voice from the Field | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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False Transparency and the Airport Princess | CTQ

False Transparency and the Airport Princess | CTQ | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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"So how do we fix this?  How do we get to a point where the people who hold expectations for and are making decisions about our profession are building those expectations and making those decisions based on something more than the 13 years they spent sitting in a student desk?


We write, we share, we talk, we invite, we explain, and we advocate -- at the local coffee shop, on the sidelines of Little League games, in Sunday School, in online forums -- early and often.  We pull back the curtains and give everyone we know a behind-the-scenes look at just what it is we do when we're NOT standing in front of students.

 

People really do want to support teachers.  They just don't know how hard it is to teach.  That's our challenge."

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Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs.
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Common Core Needs a Czar

Common Core Needs a Czar | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival.
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"The problem is not the standards; it is the implementation and the bureaucratic desire to standardize everything about the education process from lesson plans to testing. This must stop. Policy needs to change. Administrators must adjust practices. Teachers must be respected. The accountability system has to be overhauled or Common Core State Standards are doomed for failure."

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Ensuring Active Engagement with Text | Burkins & Yaris

Ensuring Active Engagement with Text | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this post, we share two strategies for helping you to reset the bar for critical thinking in your classroom.
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How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Many teachers have yet to begin assigning harder, Common Core-approved books. According to a recent Thomas B.
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Why lexile levels aren't enough

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Three Keys to Implementing the Common Core Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Three Keys to Implementing the Common Core Standards | Burkins & Yaris | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this post, we share three qualities that we think are paramount to good teaching, particularly good Common Core aligned instruction.
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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 | We Teach Social Studies | 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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3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - CCSS, common core, essential questions, research, writechat, writetips

3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - CCSS, common core, essential questions, research, writechat, writetips | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Technology can be a powerful tool to facilitate Common Core writing and research and transform traditional writing assignments.
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New, helpful digital tools for teachers

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We mustache you a question: Who has your favorite historic facial hair? - O Say Can You See?

We mustache you a question: Who has your favorite historic facial hair? - O Say Can You See? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
November is all about facial hair at the Smithsonian, so we're highlighting a few hairy collection objects to celebrate historic beards, mustaches, and the occasional sideburn.
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Vertical Living: Exploring Identity, Social Class and Global Change Through the Highrise

Vertical Living: Exploring Identity, Social Class and Global Change Through the Highrise | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students explore the interactive Op-Doc “A Short History of the Highrise” to learn 2,500 years of history through images, verse and interactives and use it as a jumping-off point for inquiry and discussion.
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Common Choice: Thin Test Prep or Deeper Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, Hewlett Foundation

Common Choice: Thin Test Prep or Deeper Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, Hewlett Foundation | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Higher expectations and engaging learning experiences are compatible.
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Investing in the teaching profession | Hechinger Report

Investing in the teaching profession | Hechinger Report | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Informing the Public about Education through Quality Journalism
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