Dred Scott lesson highlights the challenges of teaching history
Teaching about subjects such as the Dred Scott Supreme Court case can be challenging for teachers, who should approach such topics from the perspective of why people acted the way they did and examining the results of the choices and behaviors, according to Amanda Friedeman, youth educator at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. "Teaching history should not be about conveying facts, but helping to make students contributing members of society," she said. OakPark.com (Illinois)
Showing students that their value goes beyond academics
Listening to students and valuing their opinions is an important lesson for both teachers and students, writes Jeremy Glazer, a teacher in Florida. Glazer shares the experience of a former language arts teacher who was challenged by a student to use novels instead of textbooks. Glazer writes that the lesson became more than academic; it was the act of listening to students and valuing them. StateImpact/Florida
|Implementing A District-Wide Science Success|
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
How teachers can use the summer to grow professionally -- and personally
The summer break is a great time for teachers to grow professionally and personally, writes Adam Bellow, founder of eduTecher.net. In this blog post, he suggests using technology, such as Twitter or Google Docs, to share with other educators; plan a charity fundraiser for a cause they are passionate about; and connect with people who are like-minded -- and those who are not. He also suggests taking time to reflect on the previous school year before beginning the new one. Edutopia.org/Adam Bellow's blog
How teachers can take charge of their profession
While there are a growing number of opportunities for teachers nationwide to take on leadership roles, their influence and the parameters of their involvement vary, writes Barnett Berry, co-author of "Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leave." In this blog post, Berry offers the example of veteran teacher Renee Moore, who advocates for teachers to get off the sidelines, stop engaging in "leadership light" and take charge of their profession. Center for Teaching Quality/Advancing the Teaching Profession blog
Scholarships for first time NCSS Annual Conference attendees
NCSS is offering a record number of conference registration scholarships to teachers who have never been able to attend its annual meetings in the past for lack of financial support, thanks to the generosity of a large number of sponsors. All teachers from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply.
Reserve your hotel room now for the NCSS Annual Conference
The St. Louis Housing Bureau is now accepting hotel reservations for the 2013 Annual Conference. NCSS has room blocks at the four closest hotels to the Cervantes Convention Center, offering the lowest rates in eight years, starting at $128 per night. Learn more.
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