Historian William E. Leuchtenburg talks about past presidential elections and how the 2004 election fits or defies precedents.
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The Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic, is retold here in words and illustrations by "The Golden Eagles," Loretta Hopper's Grade 2 class from Ephesus Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Formal debates and question-and-answer discussions are great, but these alternative discussion formats will liven up your classroom and get students really thinking.
By creating a PR campaign for a historical or literary figure, students can practice a wide range of thinking skills.
Putting historical or literary figures on trial makes a lively and challenging alternative to a class debate.
Creating monuments or memorials for historical and literary figures encourages students to think creatively and provides a lively structure for an in-class discussion.
Designing museum exhibits encourages students to think creatively and to use a wide range of thinking skills.
The talk show is a format with which students are already familiar, and it provides the structure for a great discussion.
This "Rethinking Reports" series of articles offers alternative research-based assignments on folktales, animal adaptations, and biodiversity.
By writing a narrative about an animal rather than a traditional report, students can learn about literature, develop writing skills, and still fulfill science and research objectives.
Erin Espinoza's kindergarten classroom encourages children to learn on their own. A classroom profile.
Assessment, like instruction, needs to be geared toward various learning styles, and teachers can create rubrics for ongoing assessment that keep a formal daily record of what students are learning. Traditional styles of teaching focus almost exclusively on auditory presentation of material to students in other words, lecturing. K12 education is moving away from that traditional model towards methods of teaching that address childrenČs multiple intelligences and are appropriate to different types of learners, not only auditory learners. But although weČve come a long way in how we teach students, we havenČt always made great strides in how we assess them. Most assessment still takes the form of quizzes, tests, and written homework, which work best for students who are the strongest verbal thinkers. Portfolios play only a small role, and even they only begin to address the various learning styles. If weČre going to teach in a way that addresses all learning styles, shouldnČt we also assess that way?
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives.Black History Month can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every monthČs history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate African American history into the curriculum on a regular basis?
How to take charge of your own professional development and break through the isolation of the classroom.
Using your bulletin boards as a teaching tool -- not just as decoration.
A guide for high school students to citing sources from print and the web.
Do your students have a strong number sense, or do they rely on memorized procedures, floundering when faced with unfamiliar problems? A clinical interview can help you to assess how your students think about mathematics. This example interview provides a
Many kinds of writing can be adapted for the web, but it's important to know what you're trying to communicate.