- How should we teach civics when Congress doesn’t seem capable of following the principles in an eighth-grade civics textbook?
- Flipping the classroom is cutting failure rates.
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Why tough teachers get good results: Joanne Lipman argues it’s time to revive old-fashioned education.
Teachers as historians: Read Drew Bledsoe’s discussion of public history and the teaching profession, couched in the history of the battle of Chickamauga during the Civil War.
Flash Fiction! Try this lesson idea from Amanda Christy Brown and Katherine Schulten encouraging your students to write short pieces of fiction.
How do you teach the Constitution? Read … Read more »
Today, we’re introducing the first member of our new teacher advisory council: Charles Cooper. In a brief interview, Charles shares his thoughts about using technology in the classroom, the importance of civic education, and how to model serious class discussion.
Charles is a government teacher at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas. He also teaches at Northwest Texas Community College. Charles earned his BA in Education from the University of North … Read more »
As American holidays go, Columbus Day is unique. Unlike our other civic celebrations, Columbus Day commemorates an event that occurred centuries before the United States was even a nation. With the holiday just two weeks away, explore our free ebook with stories, speeches, and songs about Columbus—and the themes of exploration, immigration, and the New World.
Worthwhile homework: Read the latest post from Gifted Exchange with tips on how to make your homework assignments meaningful.
Powerful poetry: Learn about Luisa Banchoff, a terrific young poet who was inspired by a classroom assignment.
Why the arts are central to the Common Core: Teacher Mary Anne Kovacs on incorporating visual art into your literature curriculum.
Integrate reading and writing: Check out this collection of resources by Glenn Wiebe for … Read more »
As the school year begins, educators are seeking ways to align their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Fordham Institute and the College Board outlines three elements of a curriculum properly aligned to the CC. Read about these recommendations, and learn how our Meaning of America series accomplishes all three.
Every Friday we compile our favorite education blog posts from the week.
Can middle school students handle classic literature? David O’Shell says yes, and argues that introducing young students into the study of literature pays dividends. Plus, on his blog The Living Teacher, O’Shell explains the role of classic literature in education.
“The secret anniversaries of the heart”: Lee Ann Potter writes about the catharsis of reading and writing poetry.
Best practices in social … Read more »