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Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States

Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"In our history the formation of the United States in her early periods were precarious," Perry tells io9. "Not only were the British poised to retake the South and defeat the insurgents militarily, pre-Constitution the Articles of Confederation created a weak government that couldn't even easily collect taxes. In this world I've created, the AoC are never replaced, and the Union slowly devolves into what you see here."

In this latest project, Penny extends his alt-history speculations beyond the cartographic by "imagining what various items may have looked like from this universe. Things like coins, banknotes, posters, etc. Through this I hope to tell a story of a home very different from our own."
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Social Studies teachers and English Language Teachers and some other subject learning experts could develop a thematic unit around this idea. Using SPRITE (social-political-religious-intellectual-technology-education) for the 11th and 12 graders in the US system, they could explore how different the US could have been. Or this could be a high level elective. The success of this unit would depend on design thinking principles and practices. 
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A 6 Step Process For Teaching Argument Analysis

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A 6 Step Process For Teaching Argument Analysis
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Less serious legal research – Slaw

Less serious legal research – Slaw | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Why is it that legal texts turn off many eager readers? Sometimes this is due to their inherent complexity. No one can reasonably expect to obtain a simple overview of the Canadian tax system. It is complex and so are the rules that enforce it. Sometimes, legal information is made unnecessarily complex. One could think that plain language is heresy amongst authors of primary legal information. Even though court cases stand closest to common everyday communication, a trend becomes apparent that court opinions are getting longer and more complex. Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion. Evidently, contracts are among the less legible documents. 

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Although this page basically reviews Canadian law, it offers an important rationale for learning critical thinking skills and explains the problems of overly complex legal language. "Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion." So, there is problem in understanding the law and its interpretation as well as the reasoning involved in judgments, among other decions made in the courtroom. 

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Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding

Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When students assume responsibility for their own learning, they reflect on their accomplishments, evaluate their work, decide on where changes are needed, define goals, and identify sound strategies for attaining them. If students are to become thoughtful individuals who can assume responsibility for learning, they must be taught how to analyze and evaluate their work. Teachers must help them define realistic yet challenging goals for their continued learning and show them appropriate strategies to attain those goals. This chapter is intended to help teachers understand the role of reflection and self-assessment in the learning process and to incorporate self-evaluation and monitoring activities into their classrooms.

 
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How to Read a Poem- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

How to Read a Poem- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reproduced in partnership with the Great Books Foundation.

Reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Curiosity is a useful attitude, especially when it’s free of preconceived ideas about what poetry is or should be.
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Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid

Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Statistics have become a fixture of modern society. We read them in news stories and they're used to determine policies that will affect every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many people wildly misinterpret them in fundamental ways.

Via Bill Bentley
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excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

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Bill Bentley's curator insight, July 27, 2013 12:46 PM

Several good, basic things to know about using simple statistics.  A quote from the article that I like:  "Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value." Bill


Will Morony's curator insight, July 27, 2013 8:43 PM

Great discussion starters.

 

Sharrock's curator insight, January 6, 2014 12:03 PM

excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."