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September 7, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Fla. middle school works social studies into science, math classes
    Shoal River Middle School in Crestview, Fla., is piloting a project aimed at integrating social studies, language arts, science and math classes into a "learning community." The idea is to help students see how classroom lessons have applications in real life, and how knowledge of history and geography, for example, can help students understand a scientific subject better, officials said. Just recently, students incorporated social studies into their science class discussion on continental drift. Crestview News Bulletin (Fla.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How should teachers approach lessons about 9/11?
    The 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks means many teachers are faced with discussing the day with their students -- some of whom were too young to remember the attacks -- and addressing stereotypes associated with Muslims. To help, Clifford Chanin, director of educational programs for the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, says the memorial's website has lesson plans and resources for teachers of all grade levels. U.S. News & World Report (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • National Teacher of the Year offers advice to educators
    Teachers need to establish classroom procedures, lead activities that give kids freedom and collaborate with other teachers, National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki writes in this opinion article. "You're going to do phenomenally, but it's going to be challenging, frustrating and thrilling, often all three at once," writes Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in California. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Democratic Party unveils education platform
    The newly released Democratic Party 2012 platform promotes the importance of Common Core State Standards, according to this blog post. The common core was not mentioned in the Republican Party platform, while the Democratic platform praises President Barack Obama's record on education and support for teachers. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Social studies teacher shifts to online instruction
    Ann Coates, a high-school social studies teacher in Hanover, Mass., this year will teach psychology and Advanced Placement psychology classes online as part of the Virtual High School network. The program enables students from all over the world and from different grade levels to take the same courses. Coates said the program is unlikely to replace face-to-face teaching but offers online experience besides classroom time. Wicked Local (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. social studies teacher helps bring Antarctica into the classroom
    Skype enabled students at Herman L. Horn Elementary School in Vinton, Va., to get a close-up view of ongoing research in Antarctica. Social studies teacher Amanda Lusk made contact with a scientist at the South Pole through a family friend of one of Lusk's students, and an online field trip was arranged. Students got to see the research facility and the rugged terrain outside, as well as ask questions of the scientists working there. T.H.E. Journal (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Public education's history is revealing about American culture
    Public school education may seem like a massive federal endeavor, but it always has been a local and state concern, say University of Michigan history professors Maris Vinovskis and Jeff Mirel. Since Colonial times, education has varied in the availability and quality from region to region, they say. While the South had few schools, New England focused on literacy and was among the first to establish publicly funded "common schools," they say in this interview. (Michigan)(free registration) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New book focuses on the development of maps
    A new book by Jerry Brotton, a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London, traces the history of maps. The book, "A History of the World in Twelve Maps," notes that maps are influenced by the cultures that they come from. "The idea of the world may be common to all societies; but different societies have very distinct ideas of the world and how it should be represented," Brotton writes. The Economist (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
  • September 2012 Middle Level Learning
    The September 2012 issue of Middle Level Learning is now available online for NCSS members. Middle Level Learning is a special publication featuring lessons and activities for middle school teachers. Download Middle Level Learning. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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