Three Easy Immersive Activities to Teach Ancient History

March 23, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

Let’s face it, ancient history isn’t the easiest subject to get middle and high school students excited about. 

Character Qualities that Bolster Civic Learning and 21st-Century Skills

March 22, 2018 By Ken Klieman

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” —Adlai E. Stevenson II, U.S. Diplomat, governor of Illinois, and presidential candidate

Help Students Explore How Puritanism Shaped the U.S. Government

I have wondered, especially this past year, why many Americans dislike their government because they think it intrudes on their freedom, and why many Mexicans and Latin Americans mistrust their governments because they think they are corrupt and abuse their power. How did both societies come to have those specific relationships between the individual and government?

Give Students A Fresh Perspective on Government: How Catholicism Shaped Latin American Regimes

This article covers the influence of Catholicism in shaping the form and philosophy of government in Latin America, affecting how Latino students and their families think and feel about government. Tapping into that prior knowledge and experience, and prompting students to seek these connections between history, government, and their personal lives and cultural backgrounds is a unique and powerful way to engage and sustain the interest of young students.

Why Do Social Studies Professionals Love Social Studies? [Video]

March 7, 2018 By Caitlyn Robbins

This year at NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies), we went around asking one question to attendees—"Why do you love social studies?" 

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.

5 Things to Consider Before Flipping Your Classroom

March 2, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

The flipped classroom allows students to build background knowledge outside school, freeing up time for more hands-on learning in the classroom. 

How Hispanic and Latino Students Can See More of Themselves in the Current Social Studies Curriculum

It’s not a stretch to say that Hispanic/Latino students have an ancestral background in the subjects we teach.

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. 

What to Look for in Excellent Hands-On Learning Resources

February 15, 2018 By Greg Timmons

If you’re new to hands-on learning, or have used it for some time, you may be asking yourself, “What do I look for when selecting hands-on learning resources?”