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The Disappearing Social Studies Curriculum (and Tips to Integrate Content into Other Subjects!)

January 22, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

A pedagogical shift towards teaching social studies in conjunction with other subjects, and not as an isolated topic, has slowly emerged on the horizon in public schools for the last five years. In some states, standardized state tests in social studies have been discontinued for students in 6th and 7th grades because they are considered non-essential. Teachers continue to ask why social studies content is being pushed aside for language arts, math, and other STEM-based curricula. Social studies, especially at the secondary level, is a disappearing and often thought of as less important curriculum, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Classroom Management Tips: Lessons from Historical Utopias

January 14, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

We want our classrooms to be utopian communities, ideal worlds of cooperation and happiness. Classroom-management experts describe strategies to achieve that dream, but their advice falls across a continuum with the top-down, teacher-in-charge approach at one end and the bottom-up, students-create-the-rules at the other. Which approach is best?

The Importance of Practice in Educational Professional Development

October 28, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Adult Learning Theory understands that adults have their own, unique way of learning.  In childhood and adolescence, self-concept is still developing, but for adults who learn in the workplace or at professional development seminars, they are more independent and learn best when they draw on experience.  Seeing a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day activities tends to help adults learn as well.

5 Ways Teachers Can Address Socioeconomic Gaps in the Classroom

September 18, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

For my first permanent teaching position, I was lucky enough to fill a history position at a small K-8 school in a rural community. I say lucky for several reasons.

10 Tips for New or Transitioning Teachers This School Year

August 22, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

This past school year, I transitioned from a K–8 school to a high school. I went from teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to ninth and twelfth graders. In short, it was a big jump going from a middle school setting to the high school.

The Achievement Gap: What It Is and How It Affects Your Students

May 3, 2019 By Pam Gothart

As educators, we always notice gaps and different learning styles among our students, but why is this? Researchers have deemed this “the achievement gap,” which refers to the difference in test scores between different groups of students.

Learn Beyond the Page: Teaching Compassion Through Social Studies

April 4, 2019 By Ken Klieman
"If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" – Hillel the Elder

An Introduction to Formative and Summative Assessments: Using Learning Targets and Mastery vs. Compliance

March 7, 2019 By Anthony DiSario

“These kids! They never do well on my social studies tests!”

The Key to Quality Professional Learning: Relevant and Beneficial Training

February 20, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Take a moment and reflect on professional development events you have attended, and ask yourself, how many of them were “really” good,  meaningful, effective, and relevant to your chosen profession? As educators, we attend several types of training, many of which are mandatory, or are recommended from our superiors. Occasionally, we get lucky and can select a specific training we deem valuable, but those may be few and far between.

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?