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National Council of the Social Studies Election
Beginning this year, elections for the NCSS Board of Directors will begin immediately following the NCSS Annual Conference and closed January 15. For 2015, the ballot will open November 16.
This is a significant change from previous years, so please mark your calendars!
How to Handle Cell Phones in Class
Another Award Winning Social Studies Teacher
For those who don't know Doug, for a while, he was about the most popular 6th grade Social Studies teacher in the state. When I presented with him at the NCSS Conference in Washington, D.C. a few years ago, he actually had teachers in the room who knew him and wanted to meet him after our session. No lie.
Today, he's an ITRT at Holman and has helped me in a number of ways over the years.
This year, he won the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education).
VSTE says, "Doug is an experienced teacher and instructional coach who inspires others to become confident in implementing 21st century instruction within their daily curriculum. He currently works as an ITRT at Holman Middle School in Henrico County. Doug’s educational philosophy that by using technology, educators can provide an interactive, meaningful, experience and create an environment where students can learn at their own pace, actively seeking out new information and empowering themselves to master content and embrace lifelong learning, is evident in his approach and coaching of teachers."
That's a heck of a final sentence! Read the rest here.
Congrats Doug! Well deserved.
Award Winning Teachers
Prevention Project at Hermitage
The Prevention Project has also been taught at Glen Allen and Godwin and will reach other schools this year.
What is "history?" Part 2
So there are two reasons I can think of to give a lecture:
- to present students with important, basic information
- to help students better understand a concept
Today, in our Social Studies classes, #1 is nearly useless. Almost everything they need to know is already written down. If not by a historian, writer, journalist, etc... but by you, since you're probably reading off notes as you give the lecture. So why not just GIVE the students the information and then make them USE the information in class?
Lecture #2 can still be valuable because you are probably providing a context or connection that the notes do not present themselves. For example, maybe your students read a section of the textbook for homework. Instead of lecturing the same material, your lecture discusses how what they read connects to prior learning. Or maybe you're providing a point of view that the text doesn't supply.
While #2 has value, it probably loses that value after 20 minutes. At that point, students start needing to USE what they've LEARNED.
So why do we still lecture history instead of having students use history?
Gilder Lehrman Summer Institutes
Deadline to submit your application: February 29, 2016.
Monticello Teacher Institute
With the dual goal of enhancing their classroom teaching and contributing to the collection of digital resources available online at Monticello’s Digital Classroom and Sea of Liberty websites, teachers will collaborate on projects such as lesson plans, curricular units, resource packets, or other creative products rooted in the history of the founding principles and their relevance today.
Their onsite experience will be enriched and supported by group excursions, presentations by leading Jefferson scholars, and other focused workshop sessions. Following the weeklong residence, participating teachers will be expected to bring conversations about Jefferson’s ideas and Monticello into their classrooms, schools, and communities.
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
The key to a good formative assessment is the data, and Go Formative gives that to you. You get real time results without refreshing and students can see how they're doing.
With Interactive Achievement, you would already have pre-set questions, but if you keep using IA for exit slips or quick questions, you'll use up the pool too fast. With Go Formative, you can create questions on the fly and have a good discussion about answers with your students.
Plagiarism from the NYT
Do your students have a hard time defining — and thus, perhaps, avoiding — plagiarism?
They’re not alone. In a cut-and-paste world, examples of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism are everywhere.
Check out the entire article here.
The video it references is below.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2015 - 2016: Teachers- 4 and Me- 5
Who is this person?
- Not since Kennedy
- Wasn't arrested for beating an old man and woman
- Won a big prize, but for what?
Brennan Maynard from Tucker was the winner. It was President Obama.
Who has been guarded every day for the last 94 years?