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Ways to Impact Your Students and Leave a Legacy: The Phil Fowler Story

February 6, 2019 By Dennis Fowler

Do you remember your favorite teacher?

Who could ever forget that teacher?  Who could ever forget the special way that teacher inspired you and made you a better student and person at the same time?

Teaching Daily Life in the Past: Using Essential Questions in Chronological Units

January 23, 2019 By Cynthia Resor

The history of ordinary people and everyday life appeals to students. However, teachers struggle to squeeze it into a social studies curriculum dominated by stories of wealthy elites and political chronology. 

3 Books to Support Geography and/or Civics in the Classroom

January 16, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

 My last post was about quality novels to teach in the American history classroom. I would like to follow it up with some books teachers can include in their geography and civics class. In Alabama, we devote a semester each to geography and civics during the seventh grade. Often, it can seem that there is not enough time to fit in everything that we need to cover during that time frame. However, the following books are short enough to read in these classes, but “pack a punch” of information.

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.