Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Art of Revision


Revision can be a scary process for anyone, and especially students. Stepping back from our writing and looking at it critically is not an easy task. How can you help your students, no matter what age they are, learn the process of revision and hone their editorial skills? The following resources from Annenberg Learner provide strategies and insights for teaching this essential writing technique. Elementary School Watch as Sheryl Block … [Continue reading]

Pearl Harbor Remembrance


On December 7, 1941, a Japanese air armada attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, leading the United States to officially enter World War II the next day. The war ended in August 1945 after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Historians discuss the Pearl Harbor attack and its aftermath in A Biography of America, program 22, "World War II." This program also asks you to … [Continue reading]

Celebrate Diversity in December: Teach Spiritual Literacy


December, a time for holidays and observances of different faiths and cultural traditions, is also Spiritual Literacy Month. Broadening your understanding of religions and cultures from around the world and throughout history can give you a better understanding of students’ diverse backgrounds and help you promote respect in your classroom. Learn about the history and traditions of many religions and belief systems using the following … [Continue reading]

Standardized Testing: What’s the real issue?


[OP-ED] The 2015 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores are out and stoking debate over all the usual questions we have in the U.S. about standardized testing. Why did the NAEP scores fall for the first time since 1990? What’s the role of Common Core influence on the scores? Can we accept Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s explanation that the scores are not cause for alarm? Do the lower scores mean that we need more … [Continue reading]

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