3 Novels to Read with Middle School Students in Social Studies

May 30, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

When I first started teaching history, it was difficult for me to incorporate reading passages in a productive and interesting way. I remember looking at a section in my textbook and thinking “how can I keep my students on task when I can barely concentrate on this stuff?”

Connect European Imperialism to Your Students' Lives via the Quinceanera and Cinco de Mayo

Author's mother, Addy Yolanda López de Moguel, quinceañera, 1961, Mérida, Yucatán, México.

It is time for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations again. This minor Mexican holiday has been relegated to being  a regional American beer holiday, but it can also provide some teaching opportunities for your classroom.

Incorporate Service Learning to Help Students Use Civics Beyond the Classroom

May 3, 2018 By Ken Klieman

Service learning has been a cornerstone of my educational approach for over a decade. In service learning, students apply the scientific method to real-world problems and offer real-world solutions.

How to Use Essential Questions to Focus Instruction in Social Studies

May 1, 2018 By Cynthia Resor

How does a teacher narrow down over 5000 years of human history and culture for the classroom? Use essential questions!

Help Teachers in Your District Transfer Thinking Routines into the Classroom

April 26, 2018 By Montra Rogers, Ed. D

Before we as educators are able to make thinking visible to students we have to first make the processes and procedures of thinking visible to ourselves. 

Activities to Get Students to Do the Reading in Social Studies

Students not doing the reading assigned for homework seems to be an eternal challenge for every teacher.  Failure to do the reading stunts classroom discussions, prevents students from learning and understanding the material to an adequate depth, and does nothing to help students build literacy skills.

The Impact of the Growth Mindset

April 17, 2018 By Ken Klieman

“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” —Carol Dweck, professor of Psychology at Stanford University

Use Mapping Activities to Help Students Remember Historical Concepts

April 16, 2018 By Ken Klieman

 “It is no coincidence that, on all four sides, in all four corners, the borders of the Roman Empire stopped where wine could no longer be made.”  ― Neel Burton, psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover

Teach Vocabulary Using the Four Language Domains

Students are required to learn several hundred new words each year. As a classroom teacher, how do you make that vocabulary stick in their brains?

5 Ways to Empower Students with Hands-On Learning

March 30, 2018 By Ken Klieman

As educators we strive to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities as much as we can. What we too often forget is the emotional impact of learning by doing.