Fakebook Lesson Plan – Creating Facebook Profiles for Historical Figures – Education Article

I love to engage my middle school students by incorporating one of their favorite things: social media. And one of their all-time favorites is the Fakebook project. Here’s how it works: Students use their notes to create a Facebook-style social media profile for a historical figure. What I love most about this assignment is that it allows students to express their humor and creativity. Since nearly every chapter contains numerous notable figures, this project is versatile and can be used for…

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15 President’s Day Activities | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 19, 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still unofficially called “Washington’s Birthday” by many. The holiday became known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other…

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Teaching Students to Read Laterally, Like Fact Checkers – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Those of us who have used the Stanford History Education Group’s wealth of materials, from assessments to primary sources, will not be surprised to learn that founder Sam Wineburg’s new book is a game changer for history teachers. Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone), published by the University of Chicago (2018), contains too many deep and different ideas to talk about in one blog post. I’ll focus on one of the book’s best insights:…

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Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Once again it is that time of year when hearts, flowers, poetry, cozy romantic atmospheres, and all things red and pink are sought by individuals and couples alike in an effort to express and impress. Have you ever wondered if there was a better—or at least different—way to go about this whole “celebration of love” idea? I admit the thought crossed my mind a time or five, so in order to put my curiosity to rest and, hopefully, give you…

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William Lamont obituary | Education

My friend and colleague William Lamont, who has died aged 84, was an inspiring historian, a visionary teacher and a wonderful human being. Born in Harrow, Middlesex (now in the London borough of Harrow), Willie was the eldest child of a Hebridean, Hector Lamont, and his wife, Hughina (née MacFadyen). Hector had been a purser on the MacBrayne ferries serving Scotland’s west coast, but the couple had moved to London, where he became a bank clerk. Willie attended Priestmead primary…

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Secret Teacher: the emphasis on British history is depriving students of balance | Teacher Network

The wedding of two people who ostensibly have nothing to do with most people in the country has been the hot topic in playgrounds and classrooms over recent weeks. Despite Prince Harry and Meghan being wholly unrepresentative of the schoolchildren in my area of the UK, pupils have been transfixed by the details. They want to talk about the dress Meghan wore, the car Prince Harry drove to the reception. They’re proud this glamorous, confident American is becoming part of…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Understanding the Puerto Rican Blackout: Bank Regulation, Bureaucratic Inefficiency and Leadership Meta Tags and Inline Scripts — .nav-collapse.collapse { height: auto; overflow: visible; } HTML Body — This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Made with Love in Oklahoma City (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js =… This is only a…

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A Look Back at Surds – Education Article

This year I’ve written a number of posts about maths textbooks from the last 300 years. Buying and reading historical maths textbooks has fast become my favourite hobby – it’s fascinating, and it has done a lot for developing my subject knowledge this year. Subject knowledge for maths teachers isn’t just about being able to do the maths – that’s the easy bit – it’s also about knowing how to explain concepts clearly, knowing multiple methods and approaches, knowing common…

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20 Fresh Ideas and Activities for Black History Month – Education Article

You can browse their amazing collection online by topic, date, or place. 16. Host a poetry reading. Source: Library of Congress Have students choose a poem or two by a black poet to learn and recite for the class or an audience made up of school community members. And don’t forget the ambiance! Choose a student to serve as the emcee, write up a program, dim the lights, and play some jazz in between performances. The Poetry Foundation has excellent…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #94 – Education Article

Welcome to my 94th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Resources PadletThere’s a huge number of maths resource websites available and it can be hard to keep track of them all. Thanks to Hannah (@missradders) for sharing a Padlet of resource websites which is well organised and really easy to use. There may be some websites here that you’ve not seen before so do explore. It’s a…

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How to Use Canva to Create a Timeline – Education Article

Canva is one of those great tools that the more time you spend with it the more cool features you discover in it. One of those features is the ability to create timelines to save as images and PDFs. Canva has about a dozen timeline templates that you can modify by altering the text size and style, inserting images, and dragging-and-dropping other design elements. Watch the following short video to learn how to create a timeline in Canva. This is…

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2 Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans – Education Article

Subscriber Special Until January 18th: Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans Two lesson plans to prepare for Martin Luther King Day in January: 1) Students research events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on American history and share them with an Event Chain organized visually, including pictures and thought bubbles. 2) Students interpret the words of Dr. Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact……

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Back to the future | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

I’m both a science nerd and a history buff, so naturally I’m fascinated by the history of science. When I visited Bern several years ago, the Museum für Kommunikation was at the top of my “to do” list. This captivating institution is dedicated to the history of technology-mediated communication, from the cuneiform tablets of the Sumerians, through the gamut of the postal service, telephony, telegraphy, radio, television, computers and the Internet. Upon my return from Switzerland I eagerly blogged my…

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9 Meaningful Martin Luther King Day Activities – Education Article

Although it’s usually a day off for schools, the days leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday are a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about him. Although he lived a very short life, Martin Luther King accomplished many great things. His birthday is a fantastic way to introduce Black history to your class and will hopefully inspire year-long study. Here are nine Martin Luther King activities you can do with your students to help them learn about…

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Crazy Eight | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

Is it just me or is every year a “big year”…? Well 2018 marked a decade of blogging by yours truly, and that alone is something that I’m proud of. Throughout the highs and lows that life gifted me this year, I was able to share another 8 thought bubbles in addition to my annual list of conferences. I call them my Crazy Eight and I recall them here for your enjoyment and critique… Battle scars – We can’t fight…

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