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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?”

How to Use Video Effectively in Your Social Studies K-12 Curriculum

February 9, 2018 By Michael Hutchison

Film Day! When I was in grade school and high school, “film day” was always great. 

4 Guidelines for Inspiring Students to Take Informed Action on Current Issues

February 6, 2018 By Rosalie Metro

Many social studies teachers want to inspire their students to apply what they are learning in class outside of school. 

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? 

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.

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. 

Brain-Based Research and the Need for Hands-On Learning

August 25, 2017 By Dr. Aaron Willis

Rapid advances in brain-based imaging teach us that students need meaning in order to recall information, according to Differentiation and the Brain by David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson.

No Student Is Average: Building a Curriculum for Individuals

August 22, 2017 By Dr. Aaron Willis
The trend toward personalized learning in education has called into question our culture’s extensive use of the concept of “average” to assess individual performance.