"This is my fourth year using the interactive student notebook. I love the organization it provides for my students and for me. In the four years I've used them, I can count on one hand the number that have been lost which means…"
"Thank you so much for your reply. We have teachers in our building who use literature circles when teaching novels in ELA classes. This approach is similar and the end products tend to be the same. Students definitely have to know…"
"I use literary circles in my PreAP American history class for historical readings like "Narrative of Frederick Douglass," etc. It's not a method I use all the time - just works well in that regard. I also use it for some…"
Does anyone here use the inquiry circle method? It was introduced in our district last year and all social studies and science teachers are expected to incorporate them this year. Was wondering if anyone here has experiences with them that they wouldn't mind sharing.
I have used ISN's for the past two years. No matter how much you prep going in, it's trial and error to fit the notebook to your personality and your class. I tried to go the ISN route 3 years ago and used a…"
"Thanks for the reply Jeff. My school also uses Facts and File and I used articles from the Issues and Controversies for current events this past school year. I had not thought of online newspapers. Our school once got newspapers…"
"Question for my fellow middle school teachers: What do you think are the most important skills for a social studies teacher in 8th grade to teach for students to be most successful in high school?
As I reflect back on the year that was,…"
Place where middle school teachers can share lessons, questions, tools, books, or really anything. Also a place to start dialogue with high school teachers to alleviate transitional issues between middle school and high school.
"I use ISN's in my 8th grade classroom. Would love to talk to another social studies teacher who uses them. I love mind maps for our "right" side pages - especially when the students begin to make connections to world…"
"Darren, this is awesome. It would totally be relevant in a classroom setting to give students a sense of how big the world is. For my students, some of whom never leave the state of Louisiana, this is a great tool to pique their interest…"
"I am really looking forward to being a part of this awesome group of educators. Quick question - where is the best place to find current events or news about contemporary issues for middle school students - in other words, not so elementary…"
I am the sole 8th grade social studies teacher at my school and am excited to start collaborating with other social studies professionals to improve what I do. I also coach football, basketball, softball and soccer.
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