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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
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Document Deep Dive: Richard Nixon’s Application to Join the FBI

Document Deep Dive: Richard Nixon’s Application to Join the FBI | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Fresh out of law school, the future president first hoped he could be one of J. Edgar Hoover’s agents
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3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core

3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
I’ve found that sports-related metaphors can be a key for moving my students to work harder and smarter on challenging Common Core literacy tasks.
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Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
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Good discussion of formative assessments beyond exit tickets.

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 8 thoughts to help your classroom standout

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 8 thoughts to help your classroom standout | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s

Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This week’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a...
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Very interesting.  Also terrifying.  

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To Save the Common Core, Don't Fear the Moratorium

To Save the Common Core, Don't Fear the Moratorium | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest political threat to successful implementation of the standards--teacher evaluation. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest technical threats to implementation--assessments and curriculum materials.
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"But there is no inherent reason why Common Core and new teacher evaluation policies have to be linked with one another. One need not have common standards to redesign teacher evaluation, and vice versa. The major unforced error here was in the Obama administration's pushing these two policies contemporaneously. As a result, the policies have become conflated in ways that have undermined both of them--as some of us have been predicting for a while. There is the increasingly real possibility that teacher evaluation will destroy the Common Core in some places."

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Not All Monuments Men Were Men

Not All Monuments Men Were Men | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Dozens of women contributed to the recovery of looted art during World War II, though their stories aren’t as well known as those of the Monuments Men.
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Visualizing Emancipation(s): Mapping The End of Slavery in America | Not Even Past

Visualizing Emancipation(s): Mapping The End of Slavery in America | Not Even Past | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000

An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000 | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The first standard in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading under the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts says, in part,
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Policymakers: Stop being agnostic about curriculum

Policymakers: Stop being agnostic about curriculum | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Pop quiz! Which of the following statements is in the Common Core State Standards?
(a) Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge.
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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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Helping kids fall in love with non-interactive museum exhibitions - O Say Can You See?

Helping kids fall in love with non-interactive museum exhibitions - O Say Can You See? | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As they get older, you could "theme" the visit by looking for a specific color or things that are big or small. As they start to get interested in letters, you can go on a letter hunt for either printed letters or objects that start with a letter. It would delight SEEC preschoolers to use (washable) markers to write a letter or a dot of color on their hand as their "guide" for finding that while exploring the exhibition. If you're in an exhibition with lots of portraits of people or images of animals, examining their eyes or hands can be a fun theme.
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There's New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the '70s and '80s

There's New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the '70s and '80s | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Some of these Bulgarian bears are not genetically like the others...
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Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Why the Common Core flunks on civic education | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Claims that it prepares students to be active citizens are exaggerated.
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How to Integrate Document-Based History with the Common Core » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

How to Integrate Document-Based History with the Common Core » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The four key elements for building critical thinking and close reading skills in history and social studies. Plus 61 pages of historic media.
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"Home-made wines made of dandelions": Prohibition in Maryland

"Home-made wines made of dandelions": Prohibition in Maryland | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This Saturday night, the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society will be hosting its second annual Bootlegger’s Bash party at the 1840s Plaza at 29 S. Front Street, the site of the old P...
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For fun for us history buffs

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Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech | Change Education on GOOD

Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech | Change Education on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A sixth-grader in Texas with the user name, "Gummy Bear," pops onto my laptop screen. She's doing a National History Day project about "rights and responsibilities" that highlights the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines that I was a plaintiff in. She wants to know w...
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Law and Order: French Revolution [The Importance of Using Evidence!]

Law and Order: French Revolution [The Importance of Using Evidence!] | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Over the summer, it occurred to me that History class should be like the hit television show Law and Order. Law - Investigate, Corroborate, Develop Case Order - Develop Case, Create and Defend Argu...
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Proficient Reading Remains Elusive for U.S. Kids | Heartlander Magazine

Proficient Reading Remains Elusive for U.S. Kids | Heartlander Magazine | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Need for background knowledge for proficient reading comprehension 

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What is a Primary Source?

Objectives | Definitions | Instructions for Teachers | Instructions for Students | Comparing Types of Primary Sources Activity | Additional Resources
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Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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