Are living history lessons best left out of class? | Interest in Fortnite sparks teacher's lesson idea | Commentary: Blend reading, math to boost both
May 20, 2019
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Are living history lessons best left out of class?
Are living history lessons best left out of class?
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Living history lessons that engage students in role playing have garnered negative headlines for being racially insensitive at times. Teachers need "a higher level of content and pedagogical knowledge" to teach these types of lessons, says LaGarrett King, an associate professor of social studies education at the University of Missouri.
Slate (5/20) 
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Interest in Fortnite sparks teacher's lesson idea
Interest in Fortnite sparks teacher's lesson idea
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Using student-driven ideas in lessons can help learners overcome distractions and stay on task, high-school teacher Dianne Pappafotopoulos writes. Pappafotopoulos shares how students' interest in the game Fortnite sparked an idea to use an "escape room" concept in her own lessons.
eSchool News (5/20) 
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Commentary: Blend reading, math to boost both
Commentary: Blend reading, math to boost both
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Teachers can help students build math and reading skills by pointing out similarities in vocabulary in both subjects and encouraging students to persevere when challenged by assignments, writes Texas educator Valentina Gonzalez. Students stronger in one area over the other also can learn to transfer those skills to improve their weaknesses, she writes.
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