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.

How to Design Your Own Thematic, Document-Based History Units

November 18, 2017 By Rosalie Metro

More and more often, history teachers are being asked to structure their curricula thematically as opposed to chronologically, in hopes of increasing student engagement and facilitating comparison among multiple perspectives.

Question Everything: Teach about Map Bias

November 14, 2017 By Anda Schmid

Here you see two examples of map projections of our incredible world. It won’t take the average student long to notice that these two maps are significantly different from one another.

7 Reasons Social Studies Teachers Should Use Role-Playing Simulations

November 9, 2017 By Richard Di Giacomo

Role-playing simulations are great for retention, comprehension, literacy, and group
decision-making. Here we'll discuss what they are and why they work. 

Use These 10 Elements to Teach Historical Literacy

November 1, 2017 By Ken Klieman

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”  —Kofi Annan

Are You Teaching Social Skills to Help Close the Achievement Gap?

October 19, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
achievement gap.

3 Ways to Help Close the Achievement Gap with Problem-Solving Skills

October 11, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Students from poverty often come to school with fewer problem-solving skills than peers.

Lori Wenzinger Wins the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Teaching Award of Excellence

October 11, 2017 By Caitlyn Robbins

There couldnt be a more meaningful time to recognize the work of Lori Wenzinger (center), recipient of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Teaching Award of Excellence. 

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.”