The Musical Struggle is Real
The use of music in the classroom is something that I’ve struggled with for years. As much as I love background music when I’m working, I’ve found that the use of music in a classroom full of kids often causes conflict and chaos. For one, … Continue reading
Back to School Time!
The American Dream. It means different things to different people. I love to start each school year off by asking my students to explore the concept of “The American Dream” and define it for themselves. I usually start by asking them what the first thing that … Continue reading
As is the case with all of our hat tricks, Social Studies bellringers tend to get a little tired and predictable after a while. Also called warm-ups, bellringers are supposed to get our students excited about learning, but they frequently result in moans and groans instead of enthusiasm for the … Continue reading
We’ve known that we are getting new Social Studies standards in Kentucky for a few years now. We’ve belly-ached and moaned about the out-dated and vague nature of the Kentucky Core Content for Assessment in Social Studies for much longer than that. As non-ideal as the old Core Content was, … Continue reading
Differentiation has been an educational buzz word for several years now, but I recently learned a new way to streamline differentiation in the classroom. Part of our back-t0-school professional development was a presentation based on The Differentiation Workbook by Continue reading
If you’re looking for a resource with fresh ideas on how to implement common core standards in Social Studies, look no further than the book, Reading Like a Historian by Teachers College Press. I recently received a copy for free at a Social … Continue reading
There was a time when teaching Social Studies was a downright easy gig. There was a distinct formula to follow that few teachers ever wavered from:
Step one: Define vocabulary terms for the chapter using the definitions found in the back of the book.
Step two: Read the chapter. … Continue reading