Category Archives: Native Americans

The Power of REAL

I learned about the power that REAL learning can have on motivating students during my Master’s Degree training and later experiences with my own students. I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education after I had been teaching elementary school … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Project Based Learning

I have always found children learn better, faster, deeper, and stronger when they do stuff, real stuff. Curiosity, interest, desire, and control are the bedrock upon which true learning grows. Children who build, create, construct, and design in order to … Continue reading

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

I recently read 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.  I keep hearing and reading on teacher websites about all the lies we are teaching about the colonial period of American history, especially the time … Continue reading

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Favorite Units to Teach

My favorite social studies units to teach are the ones about native Americans.  There is so much you can do that is active, exciting, fun and informative.           What are your favorite social studies units to teach?

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