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Prepared for the Real World

Are your students prepared for the real world?  Are they academically equipped to handle the twists and turns in our modern society?  Are they ready to face the challenges?  Are they alert to the cons and dupes of our technology-based community?  In my humble opinion... No!

As a Social Studies teacher, I often started my school year fielding the questions, "Why do we have to take this class?" "What good will it do me in the future?"  "How is Social Studies important?"
I always responded with a full explanation that my lessons would help prepare them for our modern world; I promised, that if they paid attention and actually learned my lessons, they would not be naive to those less scrupulous in our society.

So, what did I teach to keep this promise?  I taught Geography, History, Sociology, Women's Studies, and a semester course on the Holocaust.  I taught them about humanity, social cooperation, compromise.  I taught them that history is full of stories about those who failed to learn about the past, and therefore repeated the same mistakes.  And I taught them that, through careful observation, and some basic knowledge, you can avoid the naivety  that is common for so many.

What are the basics of these lessons?
Hmmm, let me think...

Okay, here we go; the big three:
  1. You have to look close to see the truth.  Analyze images and question everything.  Don't ever trust information handed to you; verify the source and check for bias.
  2. You have to know the facts before you can make educated assumptions.  Basic Social Studies skills can set a foundation to help you address many situations and suggestions.
  3. You have to know your world.  This one takes time and dedication.  Learn about the world, its physical and social geography, and the basic differences between you and I.
Now, see if it works...
Can you tell the truth about this image?

Sadly, this image came onto my Facebook feed with thousands of comments from those huddled in their homes on a cold January day.  Those commenting generally agreed that they were glad they were not there in that image.  Some made comparisons to their home city or state (comparing it to the COUNTRY of Canada).  Most accepted the image and the title without question.

Look closer?  What clues you in to the fact that this image is a fake?

It's not the snow or its depth.

It's not the trees peeking out from the top.

It's not the carefully cut, high walls, creating the pathway through the packed precipitation.

It IS the road.  It's the cards on the road.  It's the directions being driven by the cars.  Got it yet?

Or do you need a basic geography review?   And maybe a lesson on Canada (and Europe, hint!)?

But we all take information fed to us in such quantity for granted these days.  We accept it as truth, post our two-cents worth, and move on to the next topic for information.  So, are we preparing our students (or even ourselves) for our modern world?  An even better question:  Are we prepared for what the future will bring?

What do you really know about the world that is so much in our news today?  Hmmm... 

Geography of Middle East
Geography of Asia
Geography of Africa

Michele

A Secondary Seller Give-Away!

Need some new ideas and resources to spice up your classes in this new year?  

Jump over to the Teaching High School Math blog for a great give-away!

http://teachinghighschoolmath.blogspot.com





Good luck!

Michele

Great Products and Super Sellers on TpT

Thank you for visiting with us at the recent conference!  We always love talking with teachers at the conferences, and more importantly, we love sharing such incredible resources that can help you transform your classroom into one that is engaging and standard-strong without your having to reinvent the wheel!

Below you will find descriptions and links to the stores of those teachers you saw represented at the conference.  Be sure to visit their stores to find incredible resources  Link to our Pinterest Conference Page to visit their blogs for great tips on implementing fabulous lessons in your own classroom.


Super Secondary Sellers
Visit Michele Luck's Social Studies for interactive Social Studies and ELA resources.
At Science Stuff you will find everything you need for the middle & high school science class.

Mrs. Orman's Classroom has everything you need for the ELA classroom, especially for Hunger Games!
The Tutor House can set you up with everything for your tutor business or fun for your classroom!
4mulaFun with bring fun and excitement to your middle and high school Math class!
Addie Williams has everything you can imagine for the Science, Social Studies and ELA classroom!
Visit All Things Algebra for all things Algebra, and more!
In Arlene Manemann's store you can find resources for ELA, Math, Social Studies and more!
Math resources galore can be found at 4 the Love of Math!
Darlene Anne has a full buffet of ELA resources in her TpT Store!
Desktop Learning Adventures for Math & Literacy offers differentiated activities and more!
Literature Guides, ELA games, and much more can be found at Different Drummer Secondary Resources.
Everything for the Math classroom can be found at For the Love of Teaching Math!
Let the HappyEdugator provide you with the engaging ELA resources you need!
Literary Sherri will provide you with everything Reading & Writing for the ELA classroom!
Aspite to Inspire your students with these creative teaching resources!
Take your classroom into the Ancient World with Erin Schneider's resources.
Let Miss Math Dork make your classroom cool with her fun and engaging resources!
With help from Misty Miller, you can bring fun and excitement into your classroom!
In the Open Classroom you will find everything you need for Secondary Language Arts.
Animate your Math classroom with Preptoon Common Core resources!
Science in the City has the resources you need to help your students investigate their world.
Make your Spanish class fun with resources from Spanish Plans.
Put some heart in your Math class by visiting Teaching Math by Hart!
 

Excellent Elementary Sellers

Christine Maxwell
Debbie Bryant
A Series of 3rd Grade Events
Marcy Prager
MJ Creations
Rainbow City Learning
Sallie Borrink
Selma Dawani Learning Fundamentals & Educational Therapy
The Teaching Files
Outstanding Sellers for All Grade Levels

With A Space to Create resources your Art students will be engaged and excited!
I Am Bullyproof Music will help you beat bullying at any grade level.
Visit Subplanners to help you set up your classroom while you are away!

And be sure to shop these sellers' stores on TpT this week for great sales of up to 10% off at checkout!  Sales will run at the discretion of each individual seller.

Happy Teaching!
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Michele

Ten New Year Classroom Resolutions

Forget about those personal resolutions; we all know how they end up!  Instead, transform your classroom into one that is fun-filled, engaging, and fully-devoted to meeting state and national standards to start off the new year!  But most importantly, work to make it a classroom where your students will NEVER do the same thing two days in a row!  Keep them guessing and they will keep coming back for more! 

Okay, so they have to keep coming back, but don't you dream about being that teacher whose classroom is the one all students WANT to go to?  Make that your new year's resolution!

So, here are TEN simple tips to changing things up!

  1. Instead of introducing content by having students read chapters from a textbook, allow students to take a Walking Tour around your classroom.  Buy ready-made Walking Tours or create your own!
  2. Want students to dig up facts on any topic?  Bury them!  Use shredded paper and twine to set up an Archeology Dig site in your classroom.  Print out the facts and laminate them to use over and over again.
  3. Place Clue Cards to content topics in envelopes and hide them around the classroom, or place them with other people around the school, for students to "find" and present.
  4. Use Scavenger Hunts with questions and clue cards for students to investigate.  Make it more fun by setting the hunt up like the Amazing Race TV Show.
  5. Allow students to work in Response Groups where they can discuss topics and share out their thoughts on them.
  6. Set up your classroom as an Human Board Game to review a reading or to review an entire unit before a big test!
  7. Review historic figures or literary characters by allowing students to play "To Tell the Truth" and choose who is well representing the character and who is lying!
  8. Turn your stand and deliver lessons into Interactive Lectures where students can become past of the lesson by taking on roles or performing an impromptu!
  9. Spend a day looking at pictures!  Analyzing Images is a great way to understand content without tiring the eyes!
  10. My favorite!  Do it with tunes!  Use Music To Teach a lesson and allow students to utilize their creative talents to share their content knowledge!
 I hope these ideas will help you transform your classroom into the one of your dreams!

Happy Teaching!

Michele