Engage Students in Map Analysis: The Map Gallery Walk [Activity]

February 1, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

This geography activity makes maps applicable to student lives bygetting students out of their chairs and interacting with the material.

Iowa's Social Studies Day: What It Is and Why It Matters

January 31, 2018 By Caitlyn Robbins

Iowa social studies professionals know how to model informed action.

Teaching for Complex Thinking: Depth of Knowledge

January 30, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis
How do educators create the ideal mix of content coverage while at the same time training students to think and analyze novel situations? 

Hands-On Learning: A Quick Summary of Everything You Need to Know

January 29, 2018 By Greg Timmons

 Here's  a quick and easy summary of everything you need to know about hands-on learning for social studies.

 

7 Considerations for Implementing Hands-On Learning in Social Studies

January 23, 2018 By Greg Timmons

Many social studies K-12 teachers I’ve talked to want to introduce hands-on and experiential learning into their classrooms but are overwhelmed by where to start and how to implement it.

Moving to A Digital Curriculum: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 9, 2018 By Michael Hutchison

The journey to digital can feel like a long spaghetti western film at times, but it’s worth it. 

7 Tips for Tackling Controversial Topics in Social Studies

January 4, 2018 By Michael Hutchison

A few years ago, I got caught up in a controversy that changed the way I teach. 

8 Close-Reading Strategies to Develop Literacy Skills in Social Studies

January 3, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 I have the privilege of working with teachers across the country and I often hear the refrain that too many students are just not reading on level. 

8 Steps to Transition to a Digital Curriculum for Social Studies

December 21, 2017 By Michael Hutchison

How to ditch the textbook and go with a non-traditional curriculum for social studies

This Is How We Can Teach the True African American Experience

History/social studies teachers know they have to cover, at some point, Africa in world history courses and the African American experience in U.S. history courses.