Life stories make historical figures more human | Local TV show helps teachers craft history lessons | Teachers train to support students with autism
June 26, 2019
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Life stories make historical figures more human
Life stories make historical figures more human
Roosevelt (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Teachers can make their history lessons more effective and engaging by humanizing historical figures with biographical stories about their lives before fame, writes Chicago-area eighth-grade history teacher Lauren Brown. In this blog post, Brown shares her interest in President Theodore Roosevelt and his family and suggests resources and strategies for teaching students about the real lives, childhoods, experiences and flaws of famous and not-as-famous figures of history.
MiddleWeb (6/25) 
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Professional Development
Teachers train to support students with autism
Teachers train to support students with autism
A school district in Yakima, Wash., recently held a training to help special-education teachers learn strategies to support students with autism. Educators learned about visual learning, the "if-then" method and how to use color-coordinated supplies to support organization, as well as how to help students who may be uncomfortable with surprises and changes in routine.
KIMA-TV (Yakima, Wash.) (6/24) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Student's Juneteenth query goes viral on Twitter
A student at Hampton University in Virginia posted a tweet asking whether people remembered learning about Juneteenth -- a day that marks the end of slavery in the US -- in school. As of Monday, her tweet asking users to share the message if they did not learn about the historic event was retweeted more than 215,000 times.
Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (6/24) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Mich. students, nonprofit partner to improve Haiti's drinking water
Students at Michigan's Sparta Middle School learned about drinking water conditions in Haiti and raised money for water filters. Pure Water for the World agreed to match the students' fundraising, which hit $6,000 by the end of the school year.
School News Network (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (6/25) 
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Opinion: Educators can broaden students' perspectives
Educators can help prepare students to interact with diverse groups of people by bringing attention to the challenges faced by disenfranchised communities, according to Michelle Mielly, an academic director at the Grenoble École de Management in France. In this commentary, she suggests raising awareness about the microaggressions some groups face and revealing what it's like to walk in the shoes of another person.
The Hechinger Report (6/25) 
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NCSS Updates
2019 IDM Summer Institute
Sponsored by C3 Teachers and National Council for the Social Studies, the IDM Summer Institute features hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop inquiry materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry teaching and learning. Register today.
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Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
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.
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