A colleague and I were recently invited into a classroom at The River School in Washington, D.C., which provides "educational experiences for children and their families uniting the best practices of early childhood education and oral deaf education."
Since 1976, February has been designated as a time to pause and reflect on the experiences and contributions of African Americans. Teaching with the Library of Congress has published many posts that show the impact of African Americans in a wide variety of arenas including the arts, sports, literature, and politics, with a particular focus on work to ensure equal rights for all.
In this one day workshop for K-12 educators, Library of Congress education specialists will model strategies for using primary sources relating to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.
As we do at the start of each calendar year, we also take a look back at the previous year and highlight posts that received the most comments from readers and the most mentions in social media outlets. We hope this look back refreshes your memory or leads you to ideas and primary sources that you can use with your students.
On Thursday, January 22 at 4 PM ET, Teaching Tolerance and the Library of Congress will co-facilitate the first of a series of monthly webinars on teaching and learning about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I had been looking for ways to integrate research skills for a fifth grade class that is currently studying space and motion. The new Library of Congress "Understanding the Cosmos" eBook gave a great selection of primary sources that could help support that topic.
Using historical primary sources - documents created at the time under study - in science can propel teaching and learning about the nature of science, the practices of real life scientists, the impact of science on society and culture, and more.