Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change offers free downloadable lessons, bios, and poetry and prose from Central American writers such as Roque Dalton, Rigoberta Menchú, Claribel Alegría, and Ernesto Cardenal. These authors used literature to shine a light on key issues such as: the need for land reform, recognition of indigenous and women’s rights, exploitative labor practices, environmental destruction, political repression and violence, and U.S. intervention.
The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning
The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning website provides free online lessons and assessments to teach evaluation of online civics information.
A tool for teachersOur Civic Online Reasoning (COR) curriculum is based on strategies we identified when observing fact checkers from the nation’s most prestigious news organizations. The curriculum is the fruit of years of research and field-testing. Our work is enriched by our ongoing collaboration with the Poynter Institute, and our participation in the MediaWise initiative, with support from Google.org. The resources you’ll find on the COR site have been tested in real classrooms. Teaching students these skills won’t turn them into professional fact checkers, but it'll take a bite out of the most common errors students make.
Using mentor texts in your writing classroom? This article offers a scaffold from reading powerful text to writing powerful texts.
In A Critical Inquiry Approach to Mentor Texts: Learn It With EASE, Cynthia A. Dollins discusses a detailed process approach to examining mentor texts and then transferring students’ newfound knowledge of author craft to their own independent writing. The E.A.S.E strategy is presented as a way to scaffold students from merely noticing the moves that authors make to adeptly applying these techniques. The premise of this strategy is to help students notice and analyze exceptional writing so they may incorporate similar features into their own writing. E.A.S.E offers an approach for students to follow while they read and more deeply explore the ways authors choose to write.
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Class discussion is key for developing text comprehension by actively engaging students, but not all class discussions are equal. How effective are yours? Are they teacher-centered or student-driven? Are they over-facilitating, under-facilitating or disjointed patterned discussions? The authors of the article Developing Adaptive Expertise at Facilitating Dialogic Text Discussions describe these three class discussion patterns that often unfold when teachers are facilitating text discussions.
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Access a repository of resources to celebrate Earth Day
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Click on this folder to access the lessons. The set includes: 3 math lessons, 2 reading lessons and 1 science lesson.
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Facing History and Ourselves-Teaching with Current Events: Covid-19 How can we Make Choices that promote the Common Good?
Creating your Google Classroom, What Google Classrooms can Do for You and Best Practices and Teaching Tips
This new one-week unit is designed to help support your teaching and to develop students' social-emotional skills in order to engage in an open and supportive classroom community. These first class periods are important to establish classroom norms and an inclusive environment where students honor and value differing perspectives, question assumptions, and actively listen to others.
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Research-based instruction strategies can help educators reach all of their students regardless of the differences among them. Not only do these strategies offer proven evidence for what does and doesn’t work, but they also propose ideas and tactics that educators may have never even thought of implementing in their classroom.
We’ve compiled a list of research-based methods for maximizing literacy instruction. Check out the links below for ways to improve the reading experience of our students:
Texts (and videos!) for ELA, Science, and Social Studies with scaffolds and higher-order questionsFind what you teach and great texts & videos to pair with it. Or add anything you like.
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In this activity, you will use a computer model to observe population explosions.
Can populations go out of control?
A population is a collection of individual organisms that can interbreed, such as a single species of gray squirrels or a species of dandelion.
In the natural world, such populations of animals and plants increase and decrease with changing environmental conditions. Over time, however, many populations are relatively stable. They don’t grow forever, and they don’t disappear.
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...But in no subject area is this balancing act more difficult today than in social studies, where teachers and schools face a series of pitfalls that reflect both large curricular shifts and the challenge of unpacking current events.
Click in the link below, to explore some of these common pitfalls, why they emerged, and how school and district leaders and teachers can identify and address them.
Resource materials will be uploaded chronologically on a weekly basis for viewing and download.