Social Studies: Four Big Questions to Connect Then and Now

This post is adapted from a chapter in Laurel Schmidt’s book Social Studies That Sticks: How to Bring Content and Concepts to Life. Laurel Schmidt is also the author of Classroom Confidential: The 12 Secrets of Great Teachers, Gardening in the Minefield: A Survival Guide for School Administrators, and Seven Times Smarter: How to Develop the Seven Intelligences in …

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Building Community in the New School Year

Suzanne Caines has been teaching high school English in public school settings in New Jersey for thirty-four years. She grew up on the West Coast, graduated from the University of Oregon, and later earned a master’s degree at Montclair State University, where she wrote her graduate thesis on using mindfulness and meditation to improve learning conditions …

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Overcoming Obstacles: How to Help Incoming Freshmen Transition into Sophisticated Learners

Dr. Ron Elizaga is a social psychologist and professor in the Psychology and Education Department at Columbus State Community College, where he teaches Intro to Psychology, Social Psychology, and Personality Psychology. He is a winner of the CSCC Distinguished Teaching Award, is a co-founder of the Generation One Trailblazers first-generation student resource group, and maintains …

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Teaching (and Learning) When We’re Tired

Susan Barber teaches AP® English Literature at Midtown High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as the College Board Advisor for AP® Literature and on the NCTE Secondary Steering Committee. She, however, is most proud of the work she does on a daily basis in E216 and never tires of the beauty and chaos of …

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Personal and Professional Reading: Making Time for What We Love Most

Jim Burke, an English teacher at Middle College at the College of San Mateo, has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and has written more than twenty-five books about teaching and literacy. He has received numerous awards, including the Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Distinguished Service …

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A Weekly Poem: Strengthening Your Students’ Attention

Jim Burke, an English teacher at Middle College at the College of San Mateo, has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and has written more than twenty-five books about teaching and literacy. He has received numerous awards, including the Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Distinguished Service Award …

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Incorporating the United States into your AP® Comparative Government Course

Ryan DeMarco is an AP® Comparative Government teacher at North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also the Global Studies Director and History Department Chair, and additionally teaches AP® U.S. History. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on Russian foreign policy. What an exciting …

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Teaching AP® Chemistry with an Atoms-Focused Approach

Robin Licato is a Forensic Science and AP® Chemistry teacher at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, TX. She has taught in public, private, and parochial settings as well as urban, suburban, and rural school districts. She was a member of the task force at the Houston Independent School District for the development of a new …

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Creating Positive Dual-Enrollment Experiences: Six Tips for College and High School Teachers

Deborah Bertsch is professor of English at Columbus State Community College (Ohio), where she teaches first-year composition and helps coordinate the English department’s dual enrollment program. Deborah is coauthor of A Guide to Teaching the Norton Field Guides to Writing, Fifth Edition. Photo by Olivia Harris  Dual enrollment. Concurrent enrollment. Dual Credit. Postsecondary Enrollment Options. …

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