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Teach the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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On Constitution Day, the U.S. celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The important Bill of Rights, ratified a few years later, composed the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It guaranteed personal liberties such as free speech and the right to trial by jury, while limiting the government’s ability to restrict our rights. The following resources provide multiple entry points to the Constitution and our rights and … [Continue reading]

Exit Slip: How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching

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This week, we will end on a positive note. I remember my first year of teaching clearly. Despite having been through a great education program, I felt unprepared for reality once in the classroom. I had to accept that I probably wasn't going to get anything right the first time, and that I had to learn how to find my sense of humor no matter how frustrated I was with myself, my lack of resources, or my students. Classroom management, I learned … [Continue reading]

Moving From Routine to Rousing at #ANEW15

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Post written by Sara Romeyn, high school Honors Global History and AP United States History teacher and participant in the 2015 Newseum Summer Teacher Institute: “Primarily Digital: Teaching Media Literacy to Plugged-in Students,” sponsored by Annenberg Learner. Look for the #ANEW15 hashtag on Twitter.  I was fortunate to take part in the "Primarily Digital” workshop in late July. I have attended many professional development workshops … [Continue reading]

Animas River Spill: How Scientists Assess Risks

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Two weeks ago contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally breached a containment wall at Colorado’s Gold King mine, spilling three million gallons of toxic waste that turned the Animas River mustard-yellow. People who live near the river in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation are still asking questions. Are heavy metals buried at the bottom of the river? Will they kill insects, fish, and … [Continue reading]