Tama Nunnelley, this week’s Educator of the Week, challenged her students to connect historic trade and exploration routes with our world today. Tama is a social studies teacher at Guntersville Middle School in Guntersville, Alabama. Activity: Three Worlds Meet Grade Level: 5-7 Time commitment: 7 days Discovering Historic Connections In this lesson, I challenged my students to make connections between the Columbian Exchange, triangular trade, … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Three Worlds Meet
Nicole Eshelman, this week’s Educator of the Week, used personal stories to help students understand and empathize with refugees fleeing Syria and elsewhere. Nicole teaches history at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Activity: Mapping the Refugee Crisis Grade Level: 12 Time Commitment: Around 6 hours or five class periods Developing Global Empathy History is, of course, alive and always changing. Studying a current … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping the Refugee Crisis
Your students have likely heard of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and they may even be able to name the freedoms it promises. But how often do they consider what those freedoms really mean and to what extent they’re celebrated by people both in and out of the United States? May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: World Press Freedom Day
By Sara Zeglin Fantasy Geopolitics is a cool mashup of technology and traditional classroom topics. The best part is that it can be played by a number of players—even a whole classroom! Players pick their countries in the draft phase, and then earn points when the countries they choose are mentioned in the news. This game can be played on desktop, tablet, or phone. Why … Continue reading Game of the Week: Fantasy Geopolitics
EDUCATION Nearly three-quarters of eighth-graders tested below proficient in geography on the Nation’s Report Card. Now a new study suggests some reasons why. (U.S. News and World Report) The new government report relied heavily on our own Road Map Project—click here to learn more about the road map for large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?