Fifth-graders at an Oklahoma elementary school recently wrapped up a six-month project in which they tracked the real-time global adventures of stuffed ponies they made in October after Liberty, a time-traveling horse, in the book, "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims." The students' small horses traveled to 26 countries and 34 states with people who carried them along and logged their travels on a website for the students to see.
Play can be an effective learning tool for teenage students, former teacher Christina Gil writes. In this blog post, she shares several ways to engage older students with play, including creative writing and exploring the dictionary.
Exposure to sunshine before the start of the school day could boost student achievement, according to a study published in the Journal of Human Resources. Researchers compared data for students living in the eastern time zone with those living in the central time zone.
Google estimates that 15 million primary- and secondary-school students use Google Classroom. This feature highlights the company's journey into classrooms and how educators in the nation's third-largest school district use Google products.
Students will learn more from using education technology when the experience is accompanied by sound instructional strategies from their teachers, writes Liz Kolb, a professor and author. In this blog post, she shares several such practices and resources to help teachers, including encouraging students to self-reflect on their use of technology.
Nonprofit organizations are working to recruit more school leaders of color. The New Leaders' Aspiring Principals program, which operates in six cities and the San Francisco Bay Area, reports that 1,083 principals have completed the program since 2001.
A Montana middle school offers an elective class that teaches students outdoor living and survival skills. Students have climbed a mountain and learned archery as well as how to build outdoor shelters and how to care for the school garden.
Enhance the school year by applying for a Rho Kappa charter. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Learn more or apply for a charter.
Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for teachers in their home areas. Visit our site to find a complete listing that includes meeting themes, proposal deadlines, council webpages and conference contacts.