Dixie Massey

Using Displays to Fight the Marginalization of Social Studies

January 3, 2019 By Dixie Massey

A recent conversation with a seven-year-old has given me a lot to think about. I started with the typical questions and eventually worked my way to the topic of school. “What do you think of school?”

Teach Vocabulary for Social Studies Using Systematic Instruction

March 6, 2018 By Dixie Massey

Teachers frequently offer students multiple ways to learn vocabulary: vocabulary cards, quizzes, drawing, matching activities, and even games. By varying the activities, they hope to keep students engaged with the words.

The Importance of Vocabulary Instruction in Social Studies

February 20, 2018 By Dixie Massey

Few would argue with the importance of vocabulary knowledge in all school subjects. 

How to Introduce Inquiry into Social Studies

December 11, 2017 By Dixie Massey

Inquiry is a term that has been bantered around frequently in the education world. For the sake of clarity, let’s keep the definition simple. Inquiry is seeking knowledge or information.

4 Ways to Use Storytelling to Help Students Engage with Social Studies

October 5, 2017 By Dixie Massey

“My least favorite thing about school is world history.”