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Musings on Why We Study History

In Updates by Punita Rice

Until recently, I taught seventh graders about the World. Early in the school year, my students would usually ask the standard when are we ever going to use this? in class. I don’t hate the question; I didn’t really get history growing up either. The history teachers I had growing up didn’t really teach history in a way that brought …

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Technological Singularity Lesson Plan

In Updates by Punita Rice

When I was teaching, I created a technological singularity lesson plan, on how coming technological advances and changes (and the actual singularity, which I touch on at the beginning of the lesson — I’ve included an overview of the lesson at the bottom of this post) might impact the world. My seventh graders usually shared insights into what the world …

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Language acquisition models

In Updates by Punita Rice

Did you know kids who are born in the United States (Native-born) and kids who immigrate here have different language acquisition models? In schools, we lump kids who speak English as an Additional Language together, but there’s actually a lot of diversity among them. Culturally and linguistically diverse students are, in fact, pretty diverse. Even in my own family, there’s …

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Is Jane Elliott’s Lesson Relevant Today?

In Updates by Punita Rice

Do you remember Jane Elliott’s famous “A Class Divided” lesson? It’s the one where the blue-eyed children and the brown-eyed children were set up against one another. Times have changed, but maybe we still need this lesson. Is Jane Elliott’s lesson relevant today? (Here’s the original post about it.)

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Assessing Students’ Ability to Defend Claims: A Trick

In Updates by Punita Rice

How do you assess your students’ ability to defend a claim or stance, without having them write out a paragraph every time? If you’re a writing, language arts, social studies, and/or humanities teacher, you know this struggle. Assessing students’ skills is really important. But is very time consuming. You’ve probably come up with a hundred different ways to do it (and …

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Surviving and Succeeding in an Online Doctorate Program

In Updates by Punita Rice

Surviving and succeeding in an online doctorate program can sometimes feel impossible! As the 2015-2016 academic year draws nearer, a new student in our program reached out to current and former students to ask for advice. Here, some colleagues from my own program share their best tips on note-taking, and long-term organization strategies for surviving and succeeding in an online doctorate …