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Reading Strategies for Middle School Novels in Social Studies

January 9, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

When I implement a novel study in social studies, there are a few activities that really work for me in terms of aiding student comprehension. I'll go into what these strategies are, how to use them, and how they help. But first, a note about reading aloud.

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?”

How to Use Essential Questions to Focus Instruction in Social Studies

May 1, 2018 By Cynthia Resor

How does a teacher narrow down over 5000 years of human history and culture for the classroom? Use essential questions!

Help Teachers in Your District Transfer Thinking Routines into the Classroom

April 26, 2018 By Montra Rogers, Ed. D

Before we as educators are able to make thinking visible to students we have to first make the processes and procedures of thinking visible to ourselves. 

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?" 

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?”

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.