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Teaching Rigorous Text to Reluctant Readers Can be Difficult. Try This. - Resources - Share My Lesson

Teaching Rigorous Text to Reluctant Readers Can be Difficult. Try This. - Resources - Share My Lesson | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The critical thinking and close reading required in the new Common Core State Standards can take twice as long for students with dyslexia, reading disabilities, speech and language issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)....
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Blog-a-thon Post 7: Most Fun #CloseReading Post Ever Because Students Are Hilarious And Filled With Rage

Blog-a-thon Post 7: Most Fun #CloseReading Post Ever Because Students Are Hilarious And Filled With Rage | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Welcome to the seventh post in our 7-week blog-a-thon on #closereading. Each week posts are added to the Contributors page and we are looking forward to your addition. Let's closely read the practi...
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The reactions of these students, while hilarious, led me to believe we're teaching close reading incorrectly...

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My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me

My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
What happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week
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New Social Studies Framework Aims to Guide Standards

New Social Studies Framework Aims to Guide Standards | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Instead of specifying content, the document just issued by states and professional groups describes the "inquiry" process of four disciplines: civics, geography, economics, and history.
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Educational Leaders, Arts Standards, and the Common Core: Lessons from Recent Research

Educational Leaders, Arts Standards, and the Common Core: Lessons from Recent Research | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In a recent survey conducted by the College Board of nearly 1000 K-12 principals and superintendents, more than 75% of respondents said that nationally, arts education should be given a greater pri...
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National Board Certification to Be Cheaper, Smoother

National Board Certification to Be Cheaper, Smoother | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The organization overseeing advanced teacher certification plans to revise the assessment process for the credential and to make it less costly for teachers to earn.
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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School | Education on GOOD

7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School | Education on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Our public schools are the last real space where people from different classes and different walks of life come together to learn, to share ideas, and to be afforded a fair opportunity to reach for the American dream.
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Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
John Maynard Keynes, one of the founders of modern economics, made a famous prediction that by 2030, advanced societies would be wealthy enough that leisure time, rather than work, would characterize national lifestyles.
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9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development - Edudemic

9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development - Edudemic | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The beginning of the school year for many teachers includes something that many are grumbling about. Maybe it's time to try online professional development?
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Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading

Professor Daniel Willingham describes why content knowledge is essential to reading with comprehension, and why teaching reading strategies alone is not suff...
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Why is content knowledge important?

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Reader Idea | Using Proposed Soda Ban to Introduce Viewpoints on Progressivism

Reader Idea | Using Proposed Soda Ban to Introduce Viewpoints on Progressivism | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Learn about the Progressive Era alongside the recent proposed (and defeated) ban on large sugary drinks in New York City by reading a variety of documents on both issues.
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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news.
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Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics

Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the history that students learn about in textbooks is boiled down to key events and dates. These great websites and games let them explore tricky topics from different perspectives and walk a mile in the shoes of important decision-makers.
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Ocean City Intermediate School teachers and students benefit from nine-period day, principal says

Ocean City Intermediate School teachers and students benefit from nine-period day, principal says | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
OCEAN CITY – Charged with closing the achievement gap at the Ocean City Intermediate School and to create “better time on task” for the core subjects Principal Geoff Haines instituted a schedule change last year designed to best meet the needs of ...
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Fourth grader makes undercover documentary about school lunch

Zachary Maxwell. It's a name you might want to remember because he's winning awards and creating serious buzz at several film festivals for his in depth docu...
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It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
By Bill Bigelow Pearson-Prentice Hall’s high school textbook, United States History, opens its chapter on the Constitution with this Daniel Webster quote: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land—not, perhaps, the sun and stars.
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Best Sites for Primary Documents in US History » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Best Sites for Primary Documents in US History » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Here's links and descriptions of 11 great websites for finding historic documents in American history. Sample images for each site are included.
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Wonderful!!!!  A few were new to me, too.  Great post.

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Educating parents about the common core: Our role

Educating parents about the common core: Our role | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This year, many schools and districts will be implementing the Common Core State Standards. Although the most recent version of the standards was released
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Making It Work—First Steps to Common Core Integration | Literacy in Learning Exchange

Making It Work—First Steps to Common Core Integration | Literacy in Learning Exchange | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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The 20 big questions in science

The 20 big questions in science | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are many things we still don't know – but we might do soon.
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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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America Achieves: Error: You must be logged on to access this page

America Achieves: Error: You must be logged on to access this page | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This is a video and lesson resource project to assist teachers and principals around the nation. The video modules on this site exemplify the key shifts that the Common Core brings to classroom pedagogy.
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You have to sign up for a free account...but there are CCSS model videos

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